Story about a Sweeper
The sanitary workers are working at the street. How do they feel? I think it may be terrible. This may be told ‘Aren’t you a little old for this work?’, ‘What do you achieve in life?’. It is awful cruel. Most of them have a blank expression, or a grimy face. But there is someone who are especially happy. How can…? I think it is impossible. So, I asked him. “Why are you so happy?” It’s about problem of Personal mission statement.
That sweeper said, “I was sweeping a corner of the earth.”
Personal mission statement
The above story is extracted from book of 최인철, Seoul National University professor. It is a story about mission. It is same as ‘Why do you live?’. Let’s think. One day, you were walking down the street. But you are suddenly asked ‘Why do you live?’. And you said ‘…what?’. You may be at a total loss for words. It was strange because we didn’t really think about it too much. So, I will give you a time to think seriously. It should be serious.
But it is still difficult.
Mission statement of Company
It will be easier if you think the company’s mission. What’s a google’s mission? Google’s mission statement is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
What’s Disney? The Disney theme park mission statement is: “We create happiness by providing the best in entertainment for people of all ages everywhere.”
TED: “Spreading Ideas”
Apple company mission statement(1980): “Man is the creator of change in this world. As such, he should be above systems and structures, and not subordinate to them.”
What’s your mission in life?
I made my Personal mission statement. “Astonish the world, around me and me.” Through this chance, I wish you can find out the answer of ‘Why do you live?’.
I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to. – Jimi Hendrix