Mission statement examples from famous men

Your mission statement is the hub of what you want to achieve, your goals, values and beliefs. It is not set in stone and as you grow as a person, developing and acquiring new skills, your personal mission statement will change and develop with you.

'Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering'
* Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi's mission statement clearly highlights his beliefs and who he was as an individual. It had a specified time frame and undoubtedly states actions that he was willing to take to change the course of his life and the lives of others.

Gandhi's personal statement addressed three of the most important points required to write a career or personal mission statement.

  • Purpose
  • Values
  • Actions

Gandhi's mission statement not only changed his life and the lives of everybody that met him, it propelled him into the history book. Your mission statement can do the same for you ? maybe not in to the history books but unto your dream job.

John F. Kennedy made the following statement in 1960 ? 'we will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade' creating a very public mission statement for the United States of Americas? space program ? a clear objective and a specific time frame to achieve this. And as we all know, Neil Armstrong took that famous 'one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.' in 1969.

Again, this mission statement had a clear goal ? to put a man on the moon - and a specific time frame in which this goal should be achieved ? by the end of the decade. Your personal mission statement should also have set goals. Do not set unrealistic goals or unattainable goals. The time frame you attach to your goals should focus on the next three to five years of your career.

Even if this mission statement made by President Kennedy was very simple and only one short sentence it had a significant impact on the world. Your mission statement should have a significant impact on your career.