Morrie Tobin’s Purposeful Habits

I’ve been swimming for over twenty years now, and I rarely miss a day. A friend suggested I take it up to help fight the restlessness of a desk job. As a longtime hockey player, I was skeptical at first. I was just not convinced that swimming for hours on end would provide the exercise therapy I needed. Swimming was just so different than hockey. I gave it a shot and I have loved it ever since.\

Like any exercise program there are plenty of days I did not feel like swimming. It may be raining, cold. I may just be tired.

Regardless of how I feel, I swim anyways. 

Returning to the pool day after day, taught me something about the power of discipline. After a while, it became easier to do it than not to do it. I found that it became a tremendous stress reliever and life balancer—a getaway that is most welcome during weeks when I’m working extremely hard or late. Swimming is a purposeful part of my daily routine. I would not be the executive I am toady or family man, if I had not cultivated the purposeful habit of exercise.

See, the purpose behind the habit is more important than any particular event. Discipline is about respecting this purpose: putting a long term need ahead of a short term desire.

Learn this once and you’ll find it radiates into other aspects of life too, including relationships, health, and business. Don’t focus on the habit, focus on the purpose behind it.

Morrie Tobin’s Social Purpose and Meaningful Work

It’s a magic word in some ways: purpose. Compared to an office job, I find I am much more productive and happy in an entrepreneurial environment where I can discover and solve problems. You want to find a career that drives purpose in your work, similar to finding the discipline to cultivate purpose in your habits. And when you’re ready, giving back and finding social purpose can be the most rewarding thing of all.

Morrie Tobin’s Purposeful Habits

I have also been volunteering to advise, mentor and work very closely with RedF (the largest social enterprise in the US for the homeless and for re-entry).

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Success in a business model, business culture, or business strategy can easily get caught up in complexities and charts and endless meetings. But if you remember to find purpose in your habits and in your work—and the discipline to nurture it—you might find that it’s not so complex after all.

Morrie Tobin