Over the years, he created a remarkably successful collection of car dealerships in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He lived a comfortable life, flew his own airplane (TBM 700) and generally enjoyed the fruits of his labor. But when his son took over the family business, Brett found himself in an odd position.
And that was bitter sweet. It was nice to see his legacy continue, but the company’s change in leadership left Brett with virtually nothing to do. He’d been replaced.
He was, in fact, irrelevant That was a problem. He had no clue what he was going to do with the rest of his life.
As an avid Pilot, Brett shared his dilemma with fellow aviators and found immediate kinship. He was clearly not alone. Many of his pilot friends confessed a similar conundrum.
They’d found themselves in the same boat with no plan for where they were headed next “How many pilots would take off without a flight plan?” Brett asked. So why would anyone want to run their lives without a “life plan”? From that initial question, he co-created a company called Shaping Purpose.
Remember that old adage about an idea whose time has come? Shaping Purpose quickly discovered the “lost without a life plan” condition was more ubiquitous than they’d ever imagined. It wasn’t just retirees who were interested, but the military, first responders, even college students. A psychiatrist and a psychologist were intrigued enough by the work to join the effort and, in a relatively short period of time, Shaping Purpose was on the radar.
One of its first success stories was a retired captain from the Canadian military. During a deployment to Afghanistan, Andrew a car bomb exploded in front of his vehicle which caused injuries that resulted in his release from the military. He was 33 years old. He was devastated, and he had no idea what to do with the rest of his life.
“Shaping Purpose is now my life plan. This is my purpose,” Brett said with a smile. And he has a tiger by the tail. Four-day seminars are scheduled throughout the year in multiple locations. And, the Shaping Purpose Veteran’s Edition is now available online in a special micro-learning format—the 24-Day Challenge—bringing significant clarity to the lives of the world’s transitioning veterans.