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Why it Took Me Twenty-One Years to Find My Purpose in Life

Why it Took Me Twenty-One Years to Find My Purpose in Life

Does this sound like anyone you know?

  • Over 20 years ago, I bought a book called “Build Your Own Life Brand”. I didn’t finish reading it.
  • About a decade later, I started a blog. Didn’t write a word for another decade.
  • 11 years after I created that blog, I finally published my first public blog post.

Why is meaningful progress so hard?

The hard part of these initiatives was introspection.

  • I wasn’t yet able to sit down and take a look at what I really wanted, and see it.
  • If I got an idea what I wanted, I certainly wasn’t ready to write it down and share it with others.

“Knowledge is power.”

—Francis Bacon
Sir Francis Bacon is the father of the scientific method.

Francis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power.”

To know something requires looking at it…closely…in depth. It requires getting close to it, experiencing it.

Knowing something requires seeing it, for its virtues and its faults.

There are many places we are powerless.

We’re powerless any place we haven’t looked, or won’t look, or can’t look.

The act of looking requires a certain amount of power, or will, or even willingness. Looking requires access, strength, willfulness, even mettle.

This is my first public personal vision statement.

After dozens of courses, assessments, and therapy appointments, I’ve found the courage.

  • I’ve concluded there’s a low risk to sharing, far lower than not dreaming, staying stuck, and having a life that seems to be going nowhere, or worse, is going somewhere and it’s not where I want to be.
  • I’ve also learned until I take a new action, the result will be predictably similar to my previous results.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

–Dale Carnegie 
Dale Carnegie was a motivational speaker, public speaking and sales trainer, and best-selling author.

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.”

–W. Clement Stone
William Clement Stone was a businessman, philanthropist, and self-help book author.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here’s to new beginnings!

Writing and Publishing this Personal Vision Statement is one of the Hardest Things I’ve Ever Done

My name is Dylan McNeill Cornelius. I’m a citizen of the world, and I hold multiple passports.


I spend a lot of time with my Sweetheart, Lori. Often, we run, cycle, or hike together.


We’re in frequent contact with friends and family, all over the planet, in conversation, at meals, in motion, and in other activities we enjoy.

We meet new people all the time. We enjoy learning about them and the world through them.

We’re continually planning our upcoming get-togethers.


We tour 6 months a year, every other quarter. We have a rolling two-year plan of adventures.

We’re always planning our upcoming adventures.

We have a trailer we pull behind the Highlander, and a trailer we pull behind the tandem bike, for two different types of mechanized touring.

We have backpacks and light equipment for touring by foot, in the air, and with others.

Occasionally, we fly long distances, then we live someplace new for a while.

Sometimes, we take the slow train or a boat, for an enjoyable time between towns, to watch the passing scenery.


Many see me as the fittest person they know. Others think I’m absolutely insane. I’m in the best shape of my life. I train at altitude, and I sleep low. I run twice a week, ride long once a week, and train for power on the bike twice a week.

When we’re not near formal training facilities, we’re usually in an activity that, by itself, is a form of training.


I’m often recognized for my healthy, simple diet and eating habits. People sometimes ask me if it’s worth it to inconvenience myself by consistently eating clean, whole food, mostly cooked at home. I say it’s so much better than digestive upset and allergy symptoms.


I get plenty of sleep every night, usually waking without an alarm. I have a weekly massage, and a monthly shave, haircut, manicure, and pedicure.


Every day I meet with a client to plan, execute, troubleshoot, and support their success in any area of life or business where they’re currently undertaking a significant change. My clients love me. They know they can win in their chosen pursuit, they see it’s truly possible. I am known for making the impossible possible.

I love my clients. They are amazing, inspiring, innovative, impactful, committed, and fun, intentionally making a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others. They are inherently driven to make that difference. We have amazing relationships, and the world improves every day we’re in it. The proof is in their experience and testimonials, and the experience and testimonials of the people in and around their lives.


I’m continually in a course of some sort, and I’m always in the middle of a book I’m reading.

I write 2,000 or 3,000 words weekly, publish 300 to 2,000 words weekly, release a new product monthly, launch a new product 2-4 times annually, and make a habit of considering how I can help others and have fun doing it.

I’m grateful that my lifestyle, coursework, physical training, and travel offer ample time for reflection and personal development.

We have multiple income streams, including real estate, online courses, coaching, consulting and training businesses, and an equity portfolio.

Consider And Act

  • Do you have a personal vision statement?
  • What’s your reason “Why”?
  • Have you started your journey yet?
  • Are you ready to start?

Next: Click here and write your own personal vision statement

Find your purpose in life. Clarify your purpose and align your priorities so you can confidently focus on your key priorities in every situation.
Find your purpose in life. Clarify your purpose and align your priorities so you can confidently focus on your key priorities in every situation.

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Dylan Cornelius
Dylan Cornelius

Hi, I'm Dylan Cornelius.

I help mid-career knowledge workers and entrepreneurs execute their strategic plans using the career acceleration blueprint, even if they don't know where to start, they've never been a manager, and don't have a team. I'm the creator of the Career Acceleration Academy.

I've led small and large collocated and remote teams, delivering more than $40 million in revenues and cost savings. My teams and I have delivered ground-breaking products and services that still power successful businesses today.

I've worked as a recruiter, manager, and team leader in Silicon Valley and around the world. I have more than 30 years of experience in business management and leadership, plus psychology and business degrees from top universities.

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