What Makes You Come Alive?

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite quotes commonly attributed to Howard Thurman goes a little something like this:

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

If you follow anything that I share on the various social media outlets and interwebs, you’ll know that I’ve shared this quote a couple of times over the past week or so.


I would wager this is one of the most important questions we could ever ask ourselves.

It's not always easy to answer, and that's ok. Deep questions require deep responses. It takes time to think and wonder and play to come up with an answer.

Often, the answer itself isn't as important as the thought process that got us there. In this case, it's both. The thought process and answer carry equal weight.

When we begin to ask ourselves this question, we may find that our current situation isn't allowing us to be fully alive. This too is ok. It's just a reference point; something to use as a benchmark moving forward.

Because that's what we're going to do; move forward.

But only if we consider this question and start to carve a path that better supports our aliveness.

After all, action is everything and taking action is the only thing that will get us closer and closer to what we want.

For me, helping people makes me come alive. I LOVE to learn, and one of the best ways to learn about something is to support a person who is already doing it.

Not so I can attach my name to what they are doing.

But it’s so whomever I'm working with can produce a better, stronger outcome than they ever imagined and I can come away knowing a made a positive contribution to his or her life.

That and I'll also gain a new level of experience and understanding in something outside my zone of genius but still in an area I'm genuinely interested.

Contribution and service make me come alive.

It's beautiful.

Being connected to what makes us come alive is a feeling that we are all empowered to experience.

Frankly, I think it is a requirement of our existence. It is our birthright to do and be and live in the ways that allow us to express fully all that we are.

Again, it's not easy. In a society seems to place a higher value on conformity and consistency, going our own way is challenging.

But I promise it's worth it. And I promise there are people out there that we can lean on and learn from who are living and being the most playful, excited, alive versions of themselves.

Find these people. Support them. Learn from them. They'll do the same in return. These are our people. This is our tribe.

Go forth, my friends...isn't it time to come alive?

With ALL my Love,


Evan CookComment