FINDING YOUR PURPOSE

DEVELOPMENT TRILOGY – EPISODE I

“Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation” – Aristotle

When we were in high school, we spent hours discussing our future with our friends. What is it that we wanted to do? Who is it that we wanted to be? We dreamed about being rich and famous. Some wanted to have a comfortable, unchallenging journey. These people were looking for something easy to achieve. There was also a group of people who wanted to do exactly what was expected of them by their parents. It was so easy to wander and daydream in high school. 

Actually finding your own purpose is much more difficult. Some of us may spend months or even years exploring before we identify our own North Star. The first step is to reflect on our gifts, what are our unique skills and abilities; what do we have to offer to the rest of the world? What drives you and gives you energy? And finally, the last phase will be the reflection of our mission, what is it that the world expects from us and exactly how can we help others?

Once you identify your purpose and destiny, you will be able to live your life to its fullest. Every second, every day and every year! Your passion and daily actions will allow you to have a purposeful life. 

Below, you will find a few stories of some people who found their purpose. 

Ataturk wanted to created modern Turkey. After the first World War, he led reforms and established a modern society in Turkey connecting the East to the West, past to the future. 

Steve Jobs dreamed about changing the world through innovation. He designed and commercialised many innovative products and services which changed our lives. 

Gandhi was successful in implementing his purpose of fighting for the freedom of India using non-violent methods. He was the father of the largest democracy in the world. 

Elon Musk wants to allow humanity to propagate into the future by using sustainable sources of energy. Tesla, SpaceX and Paypal are innovative companies supporting his purpose every day. 

Martin Luther King united people and promoted equality; he had a dream and saw a world wherein all people are equal. 

Based on the above, you can see that finding a purpose is very individual. Only you can define what success means to you.

Before you start reflecting on yourself and answering the questions below, you need to make some preparations. Find a comfortable place where nobody and nothing will disturb you. Are you relax? When you answer, allow your heart to take the lead. Do not pretend that you’re a different person, don’t lie to yourself. Be honest, positive and, most importantly, be yourself. 

LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF

In order to identify your life’s purpose, you will need to understand what motivates you and what keeps you going. Note down your answers.

  1. When am I happy?
  2. Where am I relaxed?
  3. What are my dreams?
  4. What makes me proud of myself?
  5. What is stopping me?
  6. What are my limitations?  

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

Let’s now reflect on your source of energy and motivation. Write down your answers. 

  1. What is it that drives you?
  2. What energises you?
  3. What do you love doing?
  4. What are you best at?
  5. What is your dream job / profession?

WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED?

As the third step, analyse the external environment and market demand. What will be demanded by people around you, society, market and ultimately customers?

  1. What have people told you that you are good at?
  2. What are the recent market trends?
  3. Is there anything missing which can eventually be provided by you?
  4. What can you get paid to do?

YOUR PURPOSE

This process will help you to avoid being lost during your life. You need to find your calling and honour it. Trust your heart, listen to what it has to say and use your brain to translate it into achieving your goals through personal actions. You need to execute as if nobody cares about your purpose as much as you do. And do not forget that the purpose of life is not to be happy and to have a comfortable life. It is to be useful and compassionate, to make a difference. 

Do not limit yourself to only one purpose. You may have more purpose, for different parts of your life. One for your private life, business life and for your community. 

Below there is a link to a template which will help you to go thorough a process of finding your purpose.

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