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?
In this post, I’m going to lay out how you answer the question. Continue Reading