What is the Big Five for Life?

NOTE: If you are ready to discover your Big Five for Life, my coaches and I are here to help. You can take the Big Five for Life Discovery Course taught by one of my coaches. Or you can take the Big Five for Life Online Discovery Course, which is me teaching the course through videos.


In 2002, my wife and I left our careers, our family, our house, and almost everything we owned behind. Then we headed off to backpack around the world. Most people thought we were crazy.It turned out to be a life changing experience that covered almost seventy thousand miles. It was also the way we spent our first year of marriage.

Upon returning from that adventure, I was inspired to sit down at a computer and type. Twenty-one days later, my first book The Why Cafe was done. As it started to become popular I began to be asked to speak. One day while thinking about what I’d speak on, I had a very “inspired moment”.

In Africa, people on safari talk constantly about the African Big Five animals. They focus all their time and energy on seeing and experiencing them. It’s like a personal pilgrimage. My inspired moment was to ask myself, and then audiences, to imagine what their life would be like if they knew their own personal Big Five for Life™. Not the five animals they wanted to focus on. Instead, the five things they most wanted to do, see, or experience before they died.

Imagine if you knew yours.

How would you feel if all your time and energy were aligned with those five things?

Here’s what I know. You were born for a reason.  It was not a mistake, an act of serendipitous luck, and it didn’t occur randomly.  You arrived exactly when you knew you would, into the exact environment you planned on arriving into, with full knowledge of what you were getting yourself into.  Except that in the moment you arrived, you forgot all that.  Which is exactly what was supposed to happen.

Your challenge, is to remember that reason. Then if you choose to, to fulfill it.  I call “the reason” your PFE, or Purpose for Existing.  It’s why you’re here.

In conjunction with your PFE, you have a Big Five for Life™.  You get to choose these too, only for these, you choose them now, while you’re here.  They are the five things you most want to do, see, or experience in your lifetime.  The five things so powerful to you, that if you do, see, or experience them before you die, then you will feel that your life has been a success by your own personal definition of success.

In working with people of all ages, from countries around the world, I have found that an awareness of one’s PFE and Big Five for Life is the start of something miraculous.  Fulfilling them is even better.  So if the feeling is right, give Life Safari, The Why Cafe, or Big Five for Life a read, and join me on this adventure called life.

And we shall see where it takes us.

Your fellow traveler,


John P. Strelecky – creator of the Big Five for Life™ concept.

Author - Life SafariThe Why Cafe, and The Big Five for Life

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