What does purpose feel like? From the way her voice cracks as she describes what she was born to do, I think off-road racer and all-round automotive luminary Jessi Combs knows.
Thinking of our legacy as a body of work can be daunting should we dare to compare ourselves to luminaries such as Toni Morrison or David Bowie. But if we consider that the legacy is not the work itself, but the effect it has on those that encounter it, then what previously seemed like an unclimbable peak can instead become a territory for exploration.
We are all, at varying times, explorers, mountaineers, gardeners and philosophers depending on where we are in our lives. Tending and questioning are parts of the process.
A short thought investigating the idea that the purpose journey contains two types of quest: exploring (the challenge of finding a path) and mountaineering (the challenge of following one).
Feelings are not one or the other: joyful or painful, happy or sad. They are complex, blended, tangled. But in the tangle there is depth and if we can feel deeply and live with intensity then that extends to the full spectrum of experience.
Our mindsets - whether self-determining or deterministic - don’t just colour our reality, they shape it. What defines the mindset in which you most commonly exist? And does changing your mindset alter your sense of what is purposeful or meaningful to you?
Trying to set goals for your life can be daunting. How might we describe our purpose using actions or behaviours we can practice now?
Is it helpful to think about guiding lights as the centre point between extremes? And how much sense does it make to think of fixed points when we ourselves flow and change so readily? This is an attempt to locate the points of consistency and balance within ourselves.
Do we need to know our destination before setting out on a purpose journey? I wonder if a more useful question to ask in these circumstances could be ‘how will I navigate’?
This year I spoke to over 100 different people about the work they do and how they find meaning in it. Here are five things I learnt about the ways we find purpose in our work:
This year I set out to have 100 conversations on meaningful work, here are a few things I learnt in the process.