Five years ago, Steve Olsher received a “wake up call.” He was sitting at his step-father’s bedside, holding his hand during his final breaths. Steve’s thought’s turned to funerals. Not just his step-father’s upcoming funeral, but his own. What would his family, friends and colleagues say about his life, he wondered. How was he going to be remembered?
He pictured his friends and family surrounding the grave, sharing their thoughts and memories. This is what Steve heard:
Here lies Steve Olsher, he spent his life chasing the almighty dollar.
“That hit me hard,” said Steve. “It showed me that my path was headed in the wrong direction. I knew that I was born to live for more and it was really pulling me to make a significant change.”
Not to say Steve hasn’t already lived an amazing life. His first dip into business began when he opened a nightclub at the age of 20. Year after year, he continued to grow as an entrepreneur, launching one successful business after another. He wasn’t always successful, but after that pivotal moment with his step-father, Steve wanted to leave a more meaningful mark on the world.
Steve began to do some soul searching and realized he was born to help and inspire others. Just how he would do that, he wasn’t sure. He began to look deep within and write about his thoughts. Writing became a cathartic effort which, over time, produced more and more clarity into Steve’s purpose in life. “It was a lot of trial and error to find my gift,” said Steve. “It was a process. As I wrote, a lot of gifts became more clear and the ideas flowed through me.”
As time went on, Steve became crystal clear on his purpose: he discovered he had a special intuitive gift to help people find what they are born to do–to find their “WHAT.”
“I help others to become very clear what it is they are here to do,” Steve explained. “It’s really important to discover what you’re compelled to do–to understand how to share that gift with the world–and monetize it in a meaningful way. I take them through that process.”
Steve created the Reinvention Workshop in 2009 and has held close to 100 events in Chicago. (His first workshop outside of Chicago will be held in San Diego in January, 2014.) In his workshops, Steve takes participants through the process of identifying the one thing they were born to do. It was at the very first Reinvention Workshop when Steve experienced a moment which cemented the clarity on his gift for helping others to define their “WHAT”:
“The first time I was teaching the Reinvention Workshop live, I helped a woman in the audience become very clear about her gift and how she could impact the world and share her gift with others. Her gifts are teaching and healing and her vehicle was nursing, but she had not been clear about the people she was most compelled to serve. At that time, she worked at a general hospital. She liked her job, but didn’t love it. I took her through the process and we identified the group she was most compelled to serve: the older, disadvantaged population. She got a job with the VA hospital working with veterans who don’t have a lot of income. That made all the difference in the world as now she’s in an environment where she helps the elderly. I saw everything lighten up immediately for her–the pieces of the puzzle came together. I knew I was on the right track in that moment.”
Steve shared the three parts of the equation of discovering what you were born to do:
Discover your “WHAT.”
Part one is to understand what your your inherent gifts are. We have a specific thing we are born with and a gift to share, whether it is to entertain, communicate, teaching others or being an athlete– we have one specific gift that stands above all the others.
What is the vehicle you will use?
After you understand your gift, it’s really important to understand the vehicle you will use to give your gift to the world. Let’s say your gift is being a teacher or healer– how you share it may be through nursing. Or maybe your gift is athletics and you share it by playing football.
What group will you target?
The last part is to understand the people that you are most compelled to serve, to identify a specific group of the population. You may feel compelled to help starving children, or perhaps those who are sick with leukemia, or help teen football players who want to get scholarships–whatever the group, there’s always one specific group of people you feel compelled to serve.
Today, Steve has taken his gifts and shared them generously to help others. He’s the author of USA Book News’ Self-Help Book of the Year, Journey to You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming Who You Were Born to Be and Internet Prophets. On September 30, 2013, Steve will release his next book, What is Your What: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do.
In an interview with The Invisible Mentor, Avil Beckford, when asked to share the formula for success, Steve defined success by referencing George Sheehan’s quote: “Having the courage, determination and the will to become the person you were meant and made to be.”
To read the complete interview: Steve Olsher, The Reinvention Guy
Steve has the ambitious goal to help one million people discover their “WHAT.” He will roll out a certification program to teach others how to share the process and run their own Reinvention Workshops.
“Everyone has amazing gifts to share,” said Steve. “Andrea Robinson, one of my coaching clients, once said something very powerful; she said it took her almost fifty years to recognize that she’s the solution to someone else’s problem. You are the solution to somebody else’s problems– they are waiting for you to discover your ‘WHAT’ and change their lives. Move forward with strategic abandon to discover your ‘WHAT’ and do everything that you can to impact not only those who share this lifetime with you, but those with lifetimes to come.”
To receive a free copy of Steve’s book for a limited time: What is Your What