Philip McKernan is a public speaker who has been on the stage with the likes of Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Dalai Lama and Tony Robbins.
Philip speaks on and specializes in supporting people to uncover their gift and to unleash it on the world.
“When we stop making this journey about ourselves. When we look externally and say my purpose is to impact OTHER people. When we ask ‘how do I do that to the best of my ability – without getting it perfect, so I look good along the way’. When we do THAT. Then we’re ready to unleash ourselves in the world. Until then we’re doing it for the wrong reasons because it’s egotistically driven.”
– Philip McKernan
I brought Philp onto the show to discuss how we can uncover our gifts and find our calling.
The Big Takeaway – Let Parts of Your Identity Go to Uncover Your Gift
According to Philip, one of the biggest things we can do to uncover our gift is to let parts of our identity go. Even if we take on this exercise temporarily it shifts us towards discovering our gift.
“Letting go of something temporarily is important. It’s not saying that you can’t come back to it. We sometimes build a jail around us. I’m not good enough. I don’t have a gift. I’ll do something I love when I have enough financial wealth. Before you know we’ve created a prison for ourselves.”
The key is starting looking at all the parts of our identity that define us and start to letting go of them. If we can’t suspend parts of our personality, it will be difficult for us to see our true potential.
According to Philip, when we take on the journey to discover our gift, we typically ask the wrong questions. We ask questions like “what if it doesn’t work?” We ask questions that make it about us.
Philip believes that in order to uncover our gift we need to stop making it about ourselves and our ego. Rather we need to focus on the people we’re serving.
“When we stop making this journey about ourselves, when we look externally and say my purpose is to impact other people – how do I do that to the best of my ability.”
That’s when we get it right. The more we can focus on letting go of pieces of our identity, even briefly and focus on serving others, that’s when we begin the process of uncovering our real gift.
7 Things You’ll Learn By Listening
- Why Philip turned down the president of Ireland for lunch
- What shifted Philip to start listening to his intuition again
- How to connect with your body and get out of your head – because no classroom teaches us how to feel
- Why meditation is NOT the answer to discovering your gift or tapping into your intuition
- One of the most underrated things we don’t do enough
- The importance of letting things go and the things that externally define us
- The pressure we put on ourselves to find our “passion” and how it’s negatively impacting us
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