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How to Live Life with Purpose

February 3rd, 2013

In my work (and my book Engineer Your Career), I address four “Ps.” One of those “Ps” is Purpose. I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose. Identifying and  sharing my gifts–my special talents, skills, and attributes–is crucial if I want to live life on and with purpose. This summer, I found these two passages in Paul Ferrini’s book “Silence of the Heart.”

“You think the gift is ‘a doing,’ but it’s not. The gift is a ‘way of being’ that is effortless and exultant. It comes naturally to you. It immediately and palpably brings joy to others.”

“Whatever you do, you can express your gift. You don’t need a special role, a special platform.”

Over the past few months, I’ve been pondering how my life’s work can be more “a way of being” instead of “a doing.” I don’t have all the answers, but in Ferrini’s words I’ve got a direction.

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Wake Up to Work You Love

April 2nd, 2012

Has your career alarm clock sounded and you’ve hit the snooze button? If so, you may not know it.

Are you bored and uninspired at work? Do you have a nagging feeling that you’re here to fulfill some purpose, but you aren’t sure what it is?

If these questions ring a bell, pay attention. Ignoring their call can affect your emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. Recent studies show that unhappiness at work is the number one risk factor for heart disease over smoking, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

According to Laurence G. Boldt, author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, we are in the midst of an emerging social movement: the movement to find work we love. Just as we once shifted from family-arranged marriages to love-based marriages, we now seek work that fulfills us, rather than work that is simply a means to an end.

If you long for work that brings you creative self-expression, listen. Your internal alarm is trying to wake you. If you’re feeling called to be of service to the world, your external alarm wants to get your attention. Wake up. It’s time for a change.

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Why You Are Here

January 1st, 2012

In her wonderful book, Loving Yourself:  Four Steps to a Happier You, Daphne Rose Kingma shares an old fable about the creation of the world. “…it is said that there’s an angel who whispers a message to each soul who comes to earth,  a message of instruction about what each soul is supposed to do here when it arrives. Although many people wondered what complicated instructions the angel might have given each soul, the angel’s message was simple. It consisted of one word: give.”  Kingma goes on to say that one of the deepest paths to loving ourselves are those in which we serve others.

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How to Find Work You Love

December 26th, 2010

Don’t be bored at work. The more you know about yourself, the better the chances are of finding fulfilling work. In finding a career that is your calling, seek to understand your:

Passion. The most common mistake people make in choosing a career is doing something simply because they are good at it. Know your strengths, but find work that brings you joy.

Personality Traits. Are you analytical, emotional, imaginative, or super productive? Do you enjoy collaborating or working alone? Personality profiles such as the Myers-Briggs Indicator, DISC, and the Enneagram are invaluable tools for better understanding our preferences and motivations.

Ideal Work Environment. I have found that even more important than the job title or duties is the work environment. What is yours? Do you thrive in an environment that allows you to work outdoors, with autonomy, or with people? Whatever the factors may be, determine your four to seven “nonnegotiables.”

Values. Are you motivated by position, status, titles, and money? Does beauty move you? Do you love to be around people? When does time fly for you? Be clear about what you value.

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