The Five Why’s

Last night on my flight to Norfolk I met a very interesting man. He works for IBM, has been a professional drummer, pilot in the air force and dreams to start a bike co-op that will give the opportunity for those struggling in poverty to be able to travel to a job.

We talked for two hours. It was an incredible conversation. As we were conversing he introduced me to an exercise that leads you to understand why you do something. The buzz all around the business world right now is getting to the why. People don’t want to know what you do, they want to know why you do it. But, my friend took it a step further. Basically you ask why someone does something 5 times and will lead you to the very heart of the why.

So I am going to be vulnerable with you about my answers and then you can do it yourself and apply it to your life.

If your why doesn’t fit into what you’re doing now then use your dream. If you don’t have a dream, then start asking God for one 🙂

  1. Why do you run a military veteran ministry?

-Because God called me to.

  1. Why?

-Because I have experience there. I’ve been in combat.  God has taken me through some terrible hardships in them military.

  1. Why?

(Now is when it starts getting challenging, you really have to go deep)

-Because He has a plan for my life and wants to use me to bring healing to others.

  1. Why?

-Because there are millions of military veterans and families that are carrying unimaginable amounts of pain.

  1. Why?

Because they decided to serve their country and be placed in a situation that the human body was never designed to be put in. They volunteered for pain and sacrifice. Now, they need restoration that can only be found in Jesus.


I want you to notice something. The final why answer had absolutely nothing to do with me. It had to do with who we are serving. People and Jesus. When the why behind your mission is people and Jesus. You are heart and center in the will of God.

Do this exercise and use your current role or your dream.

By the way, you don’t have to run a ministry to bring life changing value to the world.

The best is coming for your life.