Illuminate On
Illuminate on!

I was sitting in the basement of my townhouse where I lived in Villa Park, IL.   I was thinking I had a good job, I worked with nice people, and life was great.  And then it hit me.  Beyond waking up every day only to get ready, go to work, back home, to start it all over the next day, there wasn’t much more.  I wasn’t sure what the purpose of my life was and where I was going with my life.  At this moment of realization, I felt a sense of urgency.  A sense of urgency to get out of a state of complacency!

The days after, I became obsessed with “WHAT and WHY.”  I didn’t care to think about “HOW” yet.  I wasn’t that far.   “WHAT” was important because I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  But WHAT by itself wasn’t enough.  Anyone can say what they want to do.  I knew I had to figure out the “WHY” as well.  The “WHY” makes the “WHAT” meaningful.  It wasn’t easy.  Too often, our minds get caught in the weeds and zone in on the near future.  Any conclusion based on that would of been short sighted.  So I stretched out, far out, and figured “why not start at the end,” so I started at my death.  I imagined my funeral and thought about who would be there and what they would say.  More importantly, how I would want them to feel.  I know, its crazy right? Ya know, to think about your death.  For some reason, people hate to talk about it, and almost cringe at the very introduction of it.  But the thing is, how people feel at the news of your death isn’t really about them, its about you, what you did, and how you made them feel while you were alive.  Maya Angelou said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

That was it.  I realized at that moment WHAT I wanted to do and WHY.  I wanted to help anyone and everyone I could to feel amazing about themselves and empowered to achieve.  Why?  Because I want them to help others in the same way that I may have helped them and how others have helped me along the way.  If i’m doing my job, then my WHAT and WHY would become the same for everyone else.  My hope is that this idea would live beyond myself and ourselves.

Illuminate On! Is about being significant beyond our own mortal lives!      #IlluminateOn

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  1. Tayyab! I like what you are saying here about surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you. It’s crazy that I’m almost at 20 years in the Navy. I will be most likely retiring in July of 2018. Gonna need a job when I get out. I’ve done some networking with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and DynCor, but I’m not sure I want to stay in Aviation. I really like Coaching golf and Basketball. Believe it or not I’ve actually been able to coach both a little bit while in the Navy. People tell me I have a knack for it. I also have a few other things I’m really interested in. Maybe you could give me some advice when you have time. Happy Belated Birthday man!

    • Sean! First, I want to thank you and honor you for serving our country. Hearing a childhood friend say “I’m about to retire” makes me feel happy but very old at the same time! I am super happy for you brother. Now on to the advice.. Too often, we start with thinking about what to do vs what we are interested in. The two are completely different. Additionally, what we are good at doesn’t necessarily equate to what we should do. You are on the right track and that is, start by listing out your interests and build from there. Take a look at today’s post

  2. Thanks Tayyab! I’m sorry for the delayed reply. I will take a look at this link. Good to hear from you!

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  5. I just had the pleasure of meeting Tayyab today. While sitting here at the local coffee shop I was frustrated because i could no longer use my word plus I had 10 plus flash drives I was going through to find a document. Naturally could not email it because I had no word. Well, this young man not only helped me find my word in Google docs and showed me the Google drive that I can use to download all my flash drive docs… He just made my day and he extended his assistance to walk me through this entire process. He is a Godsend and after reading his introduction of himself it is quite evident that he is totally a very purposely grounded an outstanding human being. Thank you

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