me ask you a question. What do you consider to be the worst thing that can ever happen to a human being? Is it death? Let’s see. Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkurumah, Patrice Lumumba, Tom Mboya. Great souls. Great Africans. They are all dead. Were they self-deficient? I don’t think so.
Muhammad, Isaac Newton, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Confucius. These are the five top world’s biggest influencers of all time. They all tasted death… just that Jesus dealt with it, but that’s a story for another day. Where they self-deficient? Hardly!
Clearly, death is not the worst thing that can happen to a human being. I am of the opinion that the worst thing that can happen to a human being happens when the human is alive, it happens in their life span.
This, I think is when they are not able to do what they are capable of. The crux of the matter is that you will not do what you are capable of doing if you are self-deficient. In other words, when you are empowered internally to be self-sufficient, that is when you have the power good enough to do what you are capable of.
The worst thing, therefore, that can happen to a human being is for them to deem themselves self-deficient and never fulfil the purpose for which they were created.
It was my purpose teacher Dr. Myles Munroe who famously said this:
“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
Think about it. Do you think there is any greater tragedy for a human than to come to the end of their life and realize that they never lived their potential? The worst part of that feeling is the clear knowledge that they actually could have lived a life of purpose if they determined to do so. But they didn’t.
In addressing the subject of people feeling self-deficient, it is important for us to know what can bring respite to it. I am here to say that there could be many things that can help you to sort your self-deficient life, but purpose is the most fundamental of them all.
A life of purpose will most obviously give you meaning. There is no way you are living a life that matters not just to you but also to others if you are battling a self-deficient spirit. In other words, if you are feeling self-deficient, there is a very great chance that you have not discovered what your purpose is all about.
If you are feeling self-deficient or if you are plagued by a feeling of self-deficiency, finding and living a life of purpose will most certainly cure that ailment. A person who has discovered what their reason for being is and starts ordering their life around that purpose will gain fulfilment.
The nature of purpose is that it is mostly centred around serving other people. It was Gandhi who said:
That is deploying a life of purpose. The very nature of doing this removes the focus from yourself and places it upon others. Purpose deployment will, for the most part, be done because you care about others. It will be fueled by the fact that you are livid about what is plaguing others and you want to resolve it.
In so doing, and especially as you keep going and seeing results, it cements in your mind the fact that you are no longer self-deficient. It sends signals to your psyche that you are needed and that you are valuable. In so doing, the self-deficient spirit is normally nipped in the bud.
You see, purpose is an equalizer. We live in a society that puts lots of differentiation from one person to another based on some kind of criteria. We discussed that briefly in this article. When it comes to purpose though, there is no saying that so and so does not qualify.
We all do have purpose. When I failed to got to university, I suffered for decades through feeling self-deficient. That is despite the fact that I was going head to head in life and performance with degree holders at work. But just the fact that I did not have “papers”, I always wrote myself off even if I had potential and my performance was showing.
From the moment I discovered what my purpose in life is, believe me, that self-deficient spirit has been thawed away over and over again as I progress in discovering and deploying my purpose. It has gone to such a level that even if I was given an opportunity to get a degree today, I will most definitely not jump to it with enthusiasm.
The purpose I live has already sorted out the self-deficient stance I had. Now, if I have to take a degree, it must be something that enhances, accentuates and empowers my purpose deployment even more. The truth of the matter is that I have been studying nearly on a daily basis anything and everything related to my purpose. I spoke about that in the previous article.
I honestly believe that the same can be said for just about anyone. I know that education is important. But I believe that if anyone can learn to read, write and do basic counting, all they need to do his to get to know what their purpose in life is. A life of purpose is not something that you will graduate from. It is for a lifetime.
So I am here to state that once you have discovered what your purpose is and you start deploying it, there is no way that you will continue feeling self-deficient for a long time. That feeling, that debilitating illusion will be exorcised eventually buy a life of purpose. Yours now is to find out what your purpose in life is and start living it.