sense of your purpose in life is your deepest
internal compass for navigating your way through whatever changes take
place in the world of work. Being “on-purpose” with
your career unlocks your passion – that spark and energy
which drives your career development and learning and at the same time
makes you someone employers want to hire and retain. It can also be the
source of deep motivation which can power you through the challenges of
creating your own business when the time is right.
people have a clear sense of their unique
purpose from an early age while for most of us it is something we
gradually develop an awareness of, as we grow older. It is common in
our society distracted by excessive consumerism that many people fail
to develop a sense that their career or life has any purpose or meaning
beyond themselves. We just go to work and fit in with what the system
expects of us.
existential vacuum that results is often
experienced as a deep sense of boredom, or addictions to chemicals and
other destructive behaviours. Some researchers believe we are actually
genetically programmed to self-destruct if we feel our tribe or society
does not need us. Physical ailments tend to be less common amongst
people who believe they are needed. One of the best things we can do
for our mental and physical health is to find a way to forget about
ourselves and become more involved with others. This is our universal
purpose (or if you prefer… our genetic programming). If we
can detect our unique purpose and express it through our career our
wellbeing is further boosted.
is central to career. In the broadest
sense we all have a career no matter what work we do, but it is only
when our jobs are connected by a sense of purpose that our sequence of
jobs becomes a coherent career with its own direction.
Work + no
Work + purpose = career
awareness of our purpose is not static. It
evolves and matures with us. To detect your unique purpose follow your
excites you? What do
you deeply care about?
do this by observing yourself and all that you
considered under Self Assess.
Look carefully at your natural abilities,
personality, values, and interests. What are the patterns? Also search
your childhood dreams and watch yourself.
gives you energy?
can you lose yourself in?
would you do even if you took money out of