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From FastCompany: Steve Jobs didn’t start Apple because he loved technology. This excerpt from “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” tells the much messier story behind the old saying, “do what you love.”
From Forty: Research cited in Built to Last (by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras) indicates that purpose-driven companies can outperform the general market by a 15 to 1 ratio. There’s a reason your company was founded. There’s a reason why you’re in the industry you’re in. There’s a reason why you’re not working for someone else. You need to dig deep, and find out what those reasons really are.
From Shaina at Forty: If you’ve ever had to endure the pain of reading a typical mission statement, it probably included a bunch of dry and meaningless babble about “increasing shareholder value” or “providing the best customer service around.” That’s not a purpose. It’s not what drives them to get up in the morning, guides their decisions, or inspires their tribe. It’s what the CEO or board thought would sound good during their annual strategy meeting.
Purpose is powerful because it causes everything else to make a lot more sense. You no longer have to deliberate your goals for the next few years or the concept for your next campaign. You don’t have to figure out what qualities you’re looking for in a new employee or how to train them to do their job right. You don’t even have to think twice about how you should handle that really angry call from a customer you’ve been avoiding. Why not? Because the path is illuminated for you when you’re driven by a deeper purpose.
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From Kristi Hedges at ChangeThis: Lying inside you, untapped, is an inspirational force. Guided by passion and steered by your influence, you can build momentum for yourself, others or a greater cause. Hearts are full, and ideas are many.
You might want to start a business. Land a ‘change everything’ job. Get respect. Break the glass ceiling. Shatter your own ceiling. Own the room. Motivate a team to greatness. Change your entire career. Leave a legacy. Or fight for an issue you lose sleep over. You can do it, no question. But it takes more than heart. It requires the game changing power of leadership presence. And most people have no idea how to get it.
From ChangeThis: Everybody has dreams regarding work, relationships, health and personal development. But what does it take to go from Dream to Dare and, eventually, Do? What are the secrets of real and lasting change?
You know exactly how it feels: you are frustrated, angry and unhappy. It’s time to make that change. It’s time to improve your relationships, start your own business, get that promotion, lose that weight, get those abs tuned, stop smoking, see your friends more often, start saving for your kids education, start applying for a different job… etc,etc.
Good luck! You will need it, because the odds are against you. Of all people who consciously start personal change, more than 80% will have returned to their old habits within two years. No wonder the world is filled with cynical people, that are still in the same job they have hated for over 10 years, still smoke 2 packs of cigarettes everyday and still spend too little time with their kids. It’s time for change.