This is a reprint (aka, my notes) of Jacob Sokol @ Sensophy’s awesome blog post of the same name. READ IT! Copying it here so as not to lose it in the black hole that is my blog favorites. I am and will continue to work on answering these questions for myself. It’s a work in progress…
What is my purpose in life?
“Everyone has a purpose in life… a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” –Deepak Chopra
Solution In Theory: The 3 Pillars
Passion + Service + Excellence = Purpose
1. Passion: What do you love so much that you would pay to do it, every day, for the rest of your life? This is the thing that you just can’t stop yapping your flapper about.
- Health & fitness
2. Service: How can you extend a helping hand to the world? Where can you create vital value for people that will improve their quality of life?
- Disaster response
- Education, training, teaching (ESL, health, computer literacy)
3. Excellence: What can you be truly great at? What are your strengths and how can you use them as much as possible on a daily basis?
- Meeting people
- Eye for detail
“You have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something you can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence.” –Deepak Chopra
Solution In Action: The 3 Steps
1. Honor yourself:
Feel the power of being cut from the same universal cloth as everyone and everything. Choose to commit to being the best person that you can be, in every interaction. That includes creating your unique version of an extraordinary life.
2. Make 3 lists:
- What do you love most in life?
- What are your talents?
* super organized
* eye for detail
* great at meeting people, introducing people, get along with everyone
- How can you serve the world?
* teach English
* help in disaster relief
Commit to figuring out where these lists intersect.
3. Be open:
Start simple and every day, continue to ask yourself: How can I do what I love, in the best way possible, that will provide value to people? Follow your heart when you hear the answer!
Again – go read Jacob’s post and listen to him talk about finding his own purpose in life.