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Hi! I’m Dave; well, officially David Kweku Egyir (usually rendered… David K Egyir). I am an Architect, a Designer, and a Life Coach; passionate about harnessing my true / hidden potential, and helping so many people to also harness their true / hidden potential. I happen to be the founder of Zing4Life! and the author of The Purpose Compass : 7 Amazing Steps to a Truly Fulfilling Life (you may click here for more about me). And I am pleased to present a synopsis of ‘The Purpose Compass : 7 Amazing Steps to a Truly Fulfilling Life,’ to you; please scroll down for the story behind the Purpose Compass…

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The greatest tragedy in life is that majority of people have accepted to be less than they were born to be and are thus accomplishing far less than their true capabilities

David K Egyir

The Story Behind The Purpose Compass

You probably are already aware that I undertake a lot of speaking engagements in churches. Now, some years ago a particular church in Accra (Ghana) invited me to speak on Life Management (i.e. How a person can manage his / her life efficiently and effectively for true fulfillment); at the beginning of the presentation I asked the parents to show by hands how many had their parents or someone else qualified enough to guide them systematically (as in… explain life to them comprehensively enough; to tell them what’s really important where and when, and show them how to organise their lives to be more efficient, make great impact and enjoy true happiness and greatness) when they were growing up; I didn’t see any hand up. Then I asked them to show by hands how many of them wished they had someone guiding them in that manner when growing up; almost all (if not all) the hands went up! That is the situation across the spectrum of society; proper Life-Coaching is generally missing in our upbringing.

Since then, and for a long time, I was asking myself, “If I had only one chance to do only one presentation to the whole of humanity, what would it be?” ‘The Purpose Compass‘ presentation: 7 Amazing Steps to a Happy and a Truly Fulfilling life, has been the answer. In essence, The Purpose Compass explains life comprehensively enough; it tells you what’s really important where and when, and show you how to organise your life to be more efficient, make great impact and enjoy true happiness and greatness! Remember it is based on amazing lessons from the Hebrew / Greek Bible, Life Experience, and far more than 100 books on Personal Development, Organisational Development, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. Super!

Immediately below is a video excerpt from a TV Interview I granted when The Purpose Compass was released; you may scroll down to see more of the synopsis…

Outline of this Synopsis

The Solid Foundation of The Purpose Compass

The Purpose Compass is essentially a summary of Zing4Life! (Top Secret of the world’s truly great achievers; made up of simple and very insightful principles, techniques and strategies that will get you to #improve your current objectives / goals significantly, and also be able to achieve those significantly improved objectives / goals more easily, faster, and in a more pleasant way) of which dedicated research and development began in year 2005. That has seen (and continues to see) constant updates / improvements, because I want Zing4Life! (and therefore The Purpose Compass) to be current and remain the best in the world; to date, I have covered more than 1,000 self-help volumes by way of books, articles, audios, videos, etc. so as to keep Zing4Life! (and The Purpose Compass) current, relevant and the best! Those principles, techniques and strategies are amazing; they guide you on your current goals and future aspirations: how to make them better / exceptional, and also get to achieve them easily / quickly! I am thus truly excited to bring you a summary of that through The Purpose Compass; coaching you to live a truly fulfilling life; with amazing insights from a rich pool of rare and privileged resources and experience.

How many years will it take you to read more than 100 books, how much more to evaluate about 1,000 volumes, and review some of them about 3 times? How do you even get to know the right self-help books to read, and where to find them? You have the choice of spending that number of years to do ‘trial-and-error’ (try your luck) or otherwise remain oblivious and suffer from unconscious incompetence; alternatively and preferably, you can depend on the convenience of The Purpose Compass (and the Zing4Life! Series) and save yourself time and still get the most important principles, techniques and strategies you will ever get from all that many self-help books and other resources.

The Roadmap

The seven amazing steps you can use to achieve a truly fulfilling life, as outlined in the Table of Contents below, are really pretty simple and straightforward. For instance, Step 1 says ‘Discover the eagle in you’ and simply means… make the right effort to appreciate the true / hidden potential inside of you. And you can do so by reading self-help books and taking action on them, and The Purpose Compass even saves you that effort by outlining the specific areas to concern yourself about; so the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of each of the steps are simple. But ‘why’ is that important? The ‘why’ factor is what will make a difference as to whether you will indeed take the steps to do as recommended. Therefore in The Purpose Compass, much attention initially goes into laying a very solid foundation as to ‘why’ the seven amazing steps you can use to achieve a truly fulfilling life are so relevant; to do that I will clearly establish the problems / difficulties the steps are meant to prevent, or solve; especially the 4 Very Surprising Habits that Make Life Difficult.

Chapters 1 and 2 cover the foregoing, and inches up some notches higher in Chapter 3 where some of the combined effects of the four habits, especially some nine key problems their combined effects are likely to be causing in your life, and thus denying you of a truly fulfilling life, are discussed; very deep!

In Chapter 4, I first explain what a truly fulfilling life is, and subsequently elaborate on the seven amazing steps you can use to achieve a truly fulfilling life; as a sure solution to the 4 Very Surprising Habits that Make Life Difficult and their Combined Effects that are likely to be denying you of a truly fulfilling life. You will be adequately informed about the major steps to take in order to have a happy and a truly fulfilling life.

In the last chapter (Chapter 5) which I consider as a bonus, I help you to appreciate how some of the specific Zing4Life! principles,
techniques and strategies come into play in the Steps, by looking at Step 1 in a little more detail; it is under the theme… Discovering the Eagle in You. You will certainly be amazed! The Table of Contents is as below…

Outline / Table of Contents

PREFACE

  • A Truly Fulfilling Life
  • Second Part of the Story
  • Tone and Character of the Presentation

 

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION

  • Why Are You Here on Earth?
  • Count the Squares
  • How is Life?
  • First Part of the Story
  • Zing4Life! in Focus
  • Declaration

 

CHAPTER 2
4 VERY SURPRISING HABITS THAT MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT

  • 1. The Processionary Caterpillar Syndrome
  • 2. The Pleasure-Pain Principle
  • 3. Unconscious Incompetence
  • 4. False-Faith

 

CHAPTER 3
COMBINED EFFECTS OF THE 4 HABITS

  • 1. Predominant Low Levels of Productivity
  • 2. Poor Comprehension and Abysmal Academic Performance
  • 3. The Developmental State of Africa
  • 4. Gross Mental Imprisonment
  • 5. Primary Economic Hazard
  • 6. Extremely Poor Affection for Occupations
  • 7. Key Organisational Canker
  • 8. Bizarre Work-Wealth Correlation
  • 9. Majority of People Are Not Happy
  • Inflexion

 

CHAPTER 4
THE 7 AMAZING STEPS TO A TRULY FULFILLING LIFE

  • Defining a Truly Fulfilling Life
  • Step 1 : Discover the Eagle in You
  • Step 2 : Immunise Yourself Against Trojans
  • Step 3 : Embrace the Natural Laws
  • Step 4 : Crave, Mine and Apply Knowledge
  • Step 5 : Be In Control
  • Step 6 : Manage Your Seven Lives Properly
  • Step 7 : Find Goliaths and Slay Them
  • Inflexion

 

CHAPTER 5
DISCOVERING THE EAGLE IN YOU

  • The Metaphor
  • Emphasis
  • Your Greatest Resource
  • Your Brain Power
  • Creativity in Focus
  • The 8-Step Creative Thinking Process

 

EPILOGUE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX: THE ‘SQUARES’

Introduction

Why Are You Here On Earth?

You never decided to come into this world; no one ever did; well, ordinarily! You woke up one day to realise that you were in this world, and living among a number of people at various levels: home or household, neighbourhood or community, town or city, country, continent, world; though the realisation of these various levels happened at different stages in your life. Though you were born with certain instincts (for instance the instinct to cry, crawl, imitate, be inquisitive, etc.) much of what you know now, and the things you are able to do have been by means of elaborate learning processes such as social conditioning, auto-suggestions, etc; both consciously and unconsciously / subconsciously. The following have been some of your major teachers in those learning processes…

  • Family members (especially parents / guardians)
  • Friends
  • Religious leaders (especially those of your preference)
  • School teachers
  • Opinion leaders / Role models
  • Mentors / Coaches
  • Authors / Writers / Bloggers
  • Entertainers
  • Etc

These teachers might have influenced / taught you directly in person or through the mass media: internet, radio, television, videos, books, magazines, etc. It so happens that even with their best intentions, and effort, chances are that eventually, you have been inadvertently socialised to underestimate your capabilities and are thus using so little of your true / hidden potential, and chances are that your vision / goals are not high enough; you have the opportunity to check this for yourself and know how you may be doing.

Self-Assessment

One: Count the Squares...

In the squares diagram shown, how many squares are there; how many squares can you make out in total? 

Two: Draw 4 Straight Lines Through the Dots...

Draw 9 dots in an array as shown in the diagram, and then take a pen or pencil and draw 4 straight lines through all the nine dots without going over any of the previous lines, and without lifting the pen / pencil from the drawing till you finish

If you’ve undertaken any of these exercises before, then you may scroll down but then remember how you fared the first time you tried; else give them a try and see; you will be amazed! These exercises will always lead you to an amazing discovery about your level of #Productivity

Deep Revelations

Interestingly, what you attempt to do, or end up doing in life depends on what you convincingly knows as your capabilities. Sadly, 97 out of every 100 individuals (Christians and non-Christians alike) underestimate their capabilities and thus accomplish very little (far less than 10%) of their true / hidden potential, so there is 97 percent probability that without this kind of orientation being offered here, you may be a victim, but thankfully you are here to escape that.

Ordinarily, every person born of a woman comes into this world already equipped with biological resources (brain, etc.) that make him / her potent enough to be able to, at least, start / develop a theory, a company, a product or service that will significantly improve the lives of at least 1 billion people within 10 years if he / she applies himself / herself to such a task. It is not as if God gives these abilities later in life, after someone has done some religious acts of righteousness to please Him; No! For instance, it may not even be necessary to pray to ask God to make you creative; He has already done so; this He did at your birth!

You were very creative when you were much younger; except that your parents / guardians, teachers and probably pastors and other experiences might have ‘beaten’ that attitude out of you in your upbringing. This contributes to many of the problems you may encounter in life; below are a few…

Years of research into human and organisational performance factors has revealed worrying trends in the lives of individuals, organisations, and society as a whole, most of which are not openly discussed, but come up in people’s prayers, and / or when they are in sessions with their pastors, consultants, and other potential helpers. Thus, a lot of people and organisations live a lie; the following startling examples will give you an idea of the gravity of the problem…

Most People Are Not Truly Fulfilled in Life!

Well, of all the people that go to work every day, only 18 out of 100 (a meagre 18 percent of workers) really feel good about going to work; a whopping 82 percent of people harbour some apprehension when going to work and wish they didn’t have to go to work. This is a major source of stress and ailments; indeed, not too long ago, the BBC announced that work-related stress disorders had been on the increase.

Suicides Are Very Prevalent

Everyday people commit suicide, and that cuts across all classes of people. Also, many people contemplate suicide but don’t get to execute it; some also attempt suicide but somehow do not get to complete it. It’s that serious!

Alarming Economic Hazard Prevails

Global statistics show that 80 out of 100 businesses fail within their first 5 years. Of those that survive, 80 percent, still fail within the subsequent 4 years. Out of those that remain after these 9 years, only 15 out of 100 make a significant profit; the remaining 85 percent just hang in there. That means if 100 businesses start today, in 9 years only 4 of them will be surviving; and of the 4, only 1 will be making a significant profit.

And So Many More of Such Issues

The above is just 'a tip of the iceberg!' There are numerous of such issues (too many to number) that may be affecting you and your people.

The above examples (and more) have been explained in even greater details in the video presentations further below, and the accompanying transcripts.

The issues (including the numerous others listed in The Purpose Compass, and in Zing4Life! as a whole) present needless frustrations to a lot of leaders / mangers. Especially in attempts to deal with such issues that consistently crop up within groups / organisations, leaders often use approaches (actions and inactions) that inadvertently compound / worsen the problem in the long run. This can be avoided with the right awareness, knowledge and skill that Zing4Life! provides.

4 Very Surprising Habits That Make Life Difficult

What would be your reaction if I tried to place / suspend a tin of milk in mid-air (without anything supporting or holding it) and I called you to do it for me? I believe you would find it strange, and be skeptical though you might give me the benefit of doubt. However, one thing is for sure: the tin of milk will fall down with a bang!

Interestingly, and metaphorically, most people in this life (likely including your good self) are trying to suspend a tin of milk in mid-air, by various actions and inactions. This summarises the surprising habits that make life difficult. Specifically, there are four key habits that make life difficult; they are as follows…

  • The Processionary Caterpillar Syndrome
  • The Pleasure-Pain Principle
  • Unconscious Incompetence
  • False-Faith

I like you to note that the 4 habits are core habits, in that any other habits you can think of can be classified under these 4 core habits. Also they are intertwined, in that at any point they all manifest but to different extents and in such a way that each reinforces the others. if you get to understand them and avoid their negative effects, life becomes simple / easy and meaningful! Let us look at them…

Processionary Caterpillar Syndrome

The video above is slide presentation of the Processionary Caterpillar Syndrome; the first of the 4 habits that make life difficult. For the transcript or the full write-up on it you may click here.

Unconscious Incompetence

The video above is slide presentation of Unconscious Incompetence; the third of the 4 habits that make life difficult. For the transcript or the full write-up on it you may click here.

As part of the Zing4Life! training / presentation, so many of such issues are identified / outlined, and appropriate, systematic and effective solutions are provided for them. And since The Purpose Compass seeks to introduce Zing4Life! more comprehensively, at least 9 of the issues are outlined in The Purpose Compass.

Unconscious incompetence puts restrictive boundaries around people, and limit their ability to get pleasing results; so the good book says that, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;” to quote Prophet Hosea.

Daniel Boorstin: “The great obstacle to progress is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge.” Illusion of knowledge is…

‘Thinking that you know much, just because you have experience, certificates and / or titles, and thus despising complementary knowledge.’ You should rather develop the attitude of Moses as recounted in Acts 7:22. Brian Sher says, “When you know the right things, the boundaries around your life suddenly disappear.” The picture of the horse tied to the unrestrained plastic chair illustrates that point so well….

The seven amazing steps you can use to achieve a truly fulfilling life are really pretty simple and straightforward…

Step 1: Discover the Eagle in You
Step 2: Immunise Yourself Against Trojans
Step 3: Embrace the Natural Laws
Step 4: Crave, Mine and Apply Knowledge
Step 5: Be In Control
Step 6: Manage Your 6 Lives Properly
Step 7: Find Goliaths and Slay Them

Discover the eagle in you simply means… make the right effort to appreciate the true / hidden potential inside of you.

The Eagle is used as a metaphor to represent that true / hidden potential inside of you; you have to discover that fully!

A story is told of an eagle that lived its life as though it was a turkey, just because it was raised among turkeys.  Interestingly, what you attempt or do in life depends on what you know as your capabilities, and it is greatly influenced by the family, school, religion, arts and entertainment, the mass media, business, and government; invariably they all together do a rather bad job at harnessing your true / hidden potential. So though you were created as an amazing being with extreme power / abilities, you may have been socialised to become the ‘regular’ person you currently are. Usually, we go through life without being made fully aware of this innate power; especially the brain power.

You may have a tool for so long and still not know how to use it. I bought a guitar that has been lying in my house for more than 5 yrs now but I don’t know how to play it professionally; simply because I have not taken time to learn how to play it; I can only make some very minimal (almost cacophonic) music with it. It is often a similar situation with how to effectively use our brains; most people do not get adequate training about that. Let me illustrate the point with another experience…

I happened to be one of the team of Architects on the Vodafone Head Office at the Airport City, Accra, and on one of my inspection rounds, I noticed that the wc cistern that had been fixed was slanting; it was not level. So I called in the guy who had installed it and he tried to explain himself away; he said: “Boss I used the level instrument to check so it is level” I can show you; and he put his spirit level instrument on it and said, boss you see that it’s on the line? What this guy did not know was that, if the meniscus happens to be on the line at the end of the bulbs as he was pointing to me, it means the instrument is not level; the meniscus is supposed to lie exactly in the middle of the two lines, one of which he was glad the meniscus was lying on. So he thought he was using the instrument rightly, but rather he was using it wrongly! Similarly, the fact that you have had a brain all this while and have been using it somehow does not mean that you have been using it rightly; you either must be taught for you to learn how to use it or you must teach yourself how to use it by reading the brain’s instruction manual.

The main point I am going to emphasise in the rest of our discussion is that you are of the order of the eagle, you are capable of souring, don’t see yourself as of the order of the turkey! It is so important, but sadly, it may be one of the most difficult for you to readily accept from your deepest internal conviction. You may click here to see more on how to harness your brain power; else scroll down and get the Purpose Compass.

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A Truly Fulfilling Life

A truly fulfilling life is very important; however, very rare! How so? And, what is your idea of a fulfilling life?

Sadly, most people are not truly fulfilled in life, and chances are that, such may be your situation. It is possible to be lively, or even make a lot of money and still not live a truly fulfilling life! Indeed, so many wealthy and seemingly lively people, including wealthy professional comedians, are known to have committed suicide in the past; some even recently. Also, it is possible to be very religious and still not live a truly fulfilling life! Incidences of very religious people, including pastors, committing suicide abound. Indeed, a whopping majority of people do not live a truly fulfilling life! Notice that I am not talking about a fulfilling life (that is subjective) but rather a truly fulfilling life! Yes, there is a big difference! And THE PURPOSE COMPASS clearly defines what a truly fulfilling life is, and gives the steps for attaining a truly fulfilling life. It is the foundational life-coaching (mentorship) you have always wanted; now at your disposal; you will find it amazing! It is an objective orientation about life, especially how to organize your thoughts, actions, and inactions to achieve a truly fulfilling life of extreme productivity.

Remember, The Purpose Compass explains life comprehensively enough; it tells you what’s really important where and when, and show you how to organise your life to be more efficient, make great impact and enjoy true happiness and greatness! Remember also that it is based on amazing lessons from the Hebrew / Greek Bible, Life Experience, and far more than 100 books on Personal Development, Organisational Development, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. Super!

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