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Best Blogs About Finding Purpose

- - Purpose, Tools, Work

I often hear from readers about how much resonance they feel when they find the Meaning Movement. When people subscribe I send an email welcoming them and asking what they’re looking for. The responses say a lot. Here are a few recent excerpts:

  • “This is a great idea!”
  • “The Meaning Movement feels like an answer to prayer.”
  • “This whole thing you’ve got going is awesome.”
  • “I don’t normally reply to these sort of emails, but your writing has struck a chord with me.”
  • “When I checked out your blog… I fell in love.”

And more.

What I’m struck by is how hungry so many of us are for meaning and how tired we are of doing work solely for the money. The manifesto covers this in brief, but there’s a hunger for work to be more than just a cog in an industrialist machine.

We want this to mean something. We want to give our lives to making an impact, to creating positive change, to doing more than just making ends meet. So many of us are on a quest to find our purpose, or find a deeper expression of it.

As much as I want to be the most novel blogger on the planet and hope my writing is fresh and new in many ways, I want to talk about others who are doing similar work. Why? Because in many ways we’re all on the same team. We’re trying to make a difference. We’re trying to sound a wake up call and start a revolution.

Or at least I am.

And these are the people who I consider to be co-conspirators in that revolution. (You may recognize some from the post about the best book on finding purpose.)
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Finding Purpose in Life: The Long Guide to Finding Your Life’s Work

It was an earnest request: “I’d like to know how to find your vocation.”

We were sitting in one of Seattle’s finest coffee establishments. It was a sunny May morning— the best kind of day that you could hope for.

And I suddenly found myself unsure of where to start.

This is what I do! This is how I love to help people, but to answer the question so directly is challenging!

This is because the answer is usually pretty nuanced. It has to address who you, where you are, what you’re looking for in that question, and how you think of yourself, work, and life.

Here’s the trick about it: finding purpose in life is both beautifully simple and as complex as every person.

Finding your calling, vocation, and life’s work are about finding your identity. It’s about living into a deeper expression of who you are as a human.

As I expressed in the Meaning Manifesto, you were made to make something. If there’s one message for you to take away from that, it’s that you have something to say. So the question of finding your life’s work in essence is the question: “What do you want to say?”

And by say, I don’t mean actually say with words (though it could mean that), I mean create. Basically, what’s the impact you want to have on the world around you?

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How to Make Your Money Work for You (instead of the other way around)

- - Tools, Work

Rarely do I feel like life is working unless my budget is also working. While I write a lot about the pursuit of meaning and making an impact— I don’t as often talk about the large and anxiety producing topic of money.

Money can feel like a dirty word in this conversation, but it can also be the elephant in the room. I want to make sure that is not the case.

Here’s the thing we all know: you have to make money. You have to find a way to meet the needs of you and your family.

So let’s get something else out in the open: money is not bad. It’s not bad to make money. It’s not bad to have plenty of money. One of the many stories that I have to fight against is the idea that asking to be paid for the things I make is conning people. It may sound crazy to hear, but that’s how I felt. It’s one of the many stories that I’ve had to unpack and redefine for myself.

Making money isn’t bad. Having money isn’t bad.

  • If you can get paid to do the work that you’re made to do, it frees you up to do more of it.
  • If you can get paid for your art, you may get to be a full time artist.
  • If you can get paid to create the vulnerable and amazing things that you feel connected to, then you get the privilege of giving more of your time and more of yourself to making them.

But then there’s always the question of how much is enough? When can I make the leap from the job that pays the bills to the work that really fuels me?

Money is usually hard. Both hard and scary. For most of my life my budget has been, "spend as little as possible". Though it keeps me from making unnecessary purchases, it also keeps me feeling poor, and feeling as though my money ruled my life.

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Is it What You Do or Who You Are? How Your Identity Changes Your Work

In the quest for deeper meaning and purpose, there comes a moment when you must go from doing your work because it’s “what you do” to doing your work because it’s a part of who you are.

Steven Pressfield talks about this moment as “turning pro.”

Seth Godin talks about it as “choosing yourself.”

  • It’s when you go from writing here and there to being a writer.
  • When you go from taking pictures to being a photographer.

  • When you go from playing with code to being a developer.

  • When you go from being artsy to being an artist.

  • When you go from helping others train to being a trainer.

  • When you go from working as a nanny to being an early childhood development specialist.

  • When you go from volunteering at your church to being a pastor.

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Don’t Know Your Passions? Here’s How to Find Them (Plus Guide Download)

- - Purpose, Tools

In one hour I’m going to be walk into a room of people to begin a six week process to help them uncover what’s next for them in their careers. I’m nervous, but I’m also really excited. There’s something really amazing that happens with groups.

When you get a handful of people you trust and start sharing yourself and your story with them, they see who you really are: your passions, your hopes, your difficulties and challenges, and your gifts. And no matter how well we know ourselves, when we begin to hear from them with openness and vulnerability, we learn about ourselves.

There’s a saying that fits here: when someone "can’t see the forest for the trees". defines this phrase as, "An expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole…".

This is so true of our identity— particularly when the pressure to make big life decisions is added to the mix. We’re so close to our stuff (both the good and the bad) that we can’t see the whole picture of who we are and the story our lives are telling.

We need others to inform us and our process.

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