The Most Powerful Question You Can Ever Ask Yourself

Written by Wendy Mak

about-wendy-makWhy are you here?

Or in other words >>> what’s your purpose?

I know this is a hard, home-truth question to hit you up with straight upfront.

But this post is all about action + living your purpose. I don’t want to mess about by playing with words or kicking an empty Coke can around when we can get straight to the heart of the matter.

You see, Easter is a beautiful time. If you’re in Australia (as I am), you get a lovely 4-day weekend. The roads are quiet, the peace is divine and there is a sense of reverence owing to the nature of the holiday.

It was the perfect time for me to take stock and really ask myself if I was living my purpose. It was time for me to answer the question “why am I here?”


It’s possibly the most powerful question you could ever ask yourself.

“Why am I here” implies that whatever possibilities this world holds for you, YOU can make a conscious decision and play an active part in how your future is shaped.

You aren’t asking yourself “what does the world have in store for me”, but “what do I really want to do in this world?”.

Is the reason why you’re here because you want to work day-in, day-out until you’re 65 to get your retirement cheque? Or is the reason why you’re here greater and bigger than that?

When you know the answer to this one key question, you’ll get the clarity you need to get closer to living your purpose.

One important thing. There is NO right or wrong answer. There is no answer that is better or worse than another. This is not a black & white response.

Your answer is a commitment to yourself. Don’t think “well that sounds great but that’s never going to happen”, because it sure as heck won’t. Answer with the highest of ambitions.

Your answers become your goals, targets. Things we strive to do. Things that help us to be the best person we possibly can.


So – why am *I* here?

In the spirit of sharing, here’s my answers for myself:

1. To savour every moment

– by spending quality time with my family, friends + the things that make me happy (hanging with my dogs + eating good food tick the boxes).

2. To build a life I love through a business I’m passionate about.

My business today helps women create their own (very stylish) little businesses. Through this blog I try to sow seeds of inspiration + entrepreneurship. I teach & coach women how to grow and market their businesses.

I love what I do. And I’m crystal clear on the fact that no matter what – I’ll only want to work on a business I’m passionate about, and on my own terms.

3. To do whatever I can to help other people less blessed than me.

I’m no Mother Teresa. But I will try to give back in any way I can. Even if it’s just grabbing any loose change I have every time I see the Salvation Army man at my local shops.


I am *NOT* here to:

1. Lament or moan about things that don’t go according “to plan”.

Change is a constant. And frankly, there were some dreams and hopes I had for myself that just didn’t happen. But I choose to not dwell on that and to focus on my future instead.

2. Waste time.

Time is the most valuable commodity I have. I refuse to be caught in in-action or “coulda, woulda, shoulda” mode. Every minute counts. I intend to always be “doing” something with that time.

3. Chase money.

Yes, I run a business. It needs to make money. I have bills to pay. I would also dearly love for my business to make me millions of dollars. But I’m not choosing money over time with my family. Creating an empire is not my aim.

I deliberately chose to build a “lifestyle” business. A business that (I hope) helps other women entrepreneurs while delivering the flexibility + lifestyle I want. I may never make as much as Donald Trump.

But I will always have more than enough. And that’s all the abundance I need.


BIG question, even BIGGER answers….

I hope that by putting my heart on the table it helps to encourage you to ask yourself >>> so, why am I here?

If this post has touched or helped you, please share it. And then join me in the comments area and tell me why you’re here.


To your purpose,







By | 2017-09-19T07:25:48+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Grow Your Biz, Motivating Mindsets|6 Comments


  1. Alessandra April 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Love this so much. It’s something I know a lot of people ask themselves everyday. I love how real and natural this post is and how raw and emotional it is at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing

    • Wendy Mak April 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      You are a total superstar Miss Ali xxxx Thank you for reading + connecting

  2. Beth April 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Its funny how we get so frantic that we can forget to ask ourselves the foundational questions of our existence. it indicates the privilege of our generation of women. So many women have paved the way before us, to enable us to be in the unique situation of choosing the lifestyle we want to live, and the way that we want to live it, and the WHY we do what we do. Thanks for putting the question out there Wendy.

    • Wendy Mak May 2, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Indeed Beth – at the end of the day, this is all about the Big Why. Glad it thought provoked and as always thank you for reading xxx

  3. Elizabeth April 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    This is something I think I really need to dwell on. It’s amazing how it may seem to be a simple question yet we cannot answer it straight out. Well some of us anyway.
    Thank you for your time and inspiration.

    • Wendy Mak May 2, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth. It is as you say, a simple question but the answer isn’t always easy to come to or straight forward. But I am glad it has given you something to ponder + consider. Thanks so much for joining the conversation. xx

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