5 Questions for Learning Your Purpose

Ever since I embarked on my own journey of self-discovery and personal growth, I’ve pondered about my life purpose.

“What was I put on this earth to do?”

“How can I fulfill this ‘purpose’?”

“Will finding my purpose truly make me happier?”

In fact, studies have linked purpose with happiness (and other benefits too like reduced mortality and increased productivity).

But knowing that we benefit from purpose is different from knowing YOUR purpose.

And I’ve found a super easy way for you to learn your purpose!

5 Questions for Learning Your Purpose

These questions are from a TEDx Talk delivered by Adam Leipzig. I’ll include the link below in case you want to explore it in more detail.

He suggests that to learn your purpose, answer these 5 questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you do? (Or if you don’t like what you do: What do you love to do?)
  3. Who do you do it for?
  4. What do those people want or need?
  5. How do they change or transform as a result of what you give them?

The full video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVsXO9brK7M.

With the 5 questions above, you will be able to start formulating a purpose.

The key word here is to start.

Because it’s one thing to know it and a completely different thing to truly embody that purpose.

And the only way to truly embody that purpose is with action.

To see yourself living to that purpose and noticing how it affects you.

You may experience initial pleasure and enjoyment from living your purpose.

And if it’s truly aligned, you will experience true fulfillment, a lasting sense of satisfaction that goes beyond momentary happiness.

It’s the type of satisfaction that typically comes from being of service to others.

I admit – this is a topic that I’m very interested in and will continue exploring this for myself!

Here are 5 more thoughts on purpose:

Your purpose will evolve. You are an ever-changing individual so it only makes sense that your purpose evolves with you!

You can have more than one purpose. Especially with different facets of our lives, it makes sense that we have more than one purpose.

Each person’s purpose is unique. Your purpose does not have to be this big, grand “end world poverty” type of thing to be meaningful. Of course, if that is your purpose, then that is awesome too!

Your purpose comes from your own strengths and values. Your purpose could be to help your children thrive in life. That is a perfectly acceptable purpose that brings value to this world. Don’t let anyone tell you its too small to be purposeful.

And if you’re still struggling to find your purpose, focus on the areas that bring you joy. If you don’t have anything that brings you joy, start exploring and trying new things. You’ll get there.

Finally, I will leave you with my updated purpose:

 I empower young professionals to lead fulfilling lives.

This is important to me as it is a part of my own story and my continuing journey to create a life of satisfaction, meaning and purpose.

Your Quote of the Week

“The deepest form of self-care is building a life you are in love with, and that is very often an unbeautiful thing.”

~ Brianna Wiest

Your Reflection Question

To help with finding your purpose, I hope this question helps!

What activities make you feel most alive and aligned with your true self?

Think about it 💭, journal ✏️, share it with a friend 🧑‍🤝‍🧑.

If you would like, you are welcome to share your reflection with me and I am also happy to hold space for your thoughts.

Thank you for taking the time to read this weekly email and prioritize your career happiness.

If you’re looking to make changes in your career and would like my support and guidance, you can book a complimentary Career Chat with me. 

See you next week!

Take care,

PS. If you think any part of this email will help someone you know, please feel free to forward and share it with them. The more, the merrier.