One of the most important steps in finding your perfect career is to figure out your purpose in life. Your life matters to everyone and you have a purpose that you were born to do. The reason that you are still alive is to complete that purpose.
Many people have a really tough time putting their finger on it. Some people think that their purpose in life is to get a good education so that they can get a nice house and great car. If this is what you think, you have a lot more thinking to do. Each of us has a unique purpose that cannot be replaced by another person.
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Unfortunately, the culture at many companies makes us believe that we can be replaced if we were ever to leave our work.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you find a fulfilling career:
- What do you naturally do well?
- Is there a cause, value or quality that you feel passionate about?
- What do you daydream (or dream) about doing?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
- What do you absolutely love to do that you lose track of time when you do it?
Using the answers to these questions, create a life purpose statement. I recommend not even thinking about applying to jobs until you can narrow down your life purpose statement. Unless, of course, you want a job you hate. Dan Miller, Author of “48 Days to the Work You Love”, says the following about pursuing our passion and finding a fulfilling career:
“When you know your passion and have work that expresses that passion you become a magnet for others – people who are willing to hitch their wagon to your enthusiasm. You will become a lightning rod for not only your own efforts, but you will focus the talents and abilities of those around you – and your work will be magnified with little effort. People want to be connected to something big – something that will make a difference.Working on your own without passion is exhausting. Your best efforts cannot stop the slow drain of energy and life. You don’t get the strength of those around you – you have a big leak in your own bucket.”
Have you found your purpose in life? Do you have a fulfilling career or do you have a big leak in your bucket?