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Do you live your life on purpose?


Do you live your life on purpose?

There is a hunger for work to be more than just a job to make ends meet. We want it to mean something, to have a positive impact on our lives.

"...the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain

So many of us are tired of working purely for the money. We need more. One thing the past few years has shown us is that life can change, be too short and let’s be honest it has given us a new perspective about life.

It’s easy to feel that daily we are on a running machine- same destination- same view ahead. Day in day out. Even more so now many of us are working remotely.

For the past few years I felt like I lost my way. I had a comfortable job with a great organisation, that I enjoyed, worked with great people, made a difference. This though for me was not enough. I needed more. Some days it felt like I was in quicksand. It’s weird to say but I found working in this comfort zone was more draining. I suppose what I am saying is that an easy life isn’t always a meaningful life. I knew I was not living life on purpose. I wanted to live and work in flow not in fog. To truly feel energized, motivated, and passionate again about the work I adore.

The final push I needed came with an L&D reorg, where I had the option to apply for other roles but this would have been another comfortable choice. I needed to be brave, take a chance and make the change I had encouraged so many others to do.

It was time to focus on me and what I really wanted. I truly wanted to make a difference, to work in a space where I could do this on my terms, with creative autonomy, living by my values. This step would give me the opportunity to be my best self, cheesy though it sounds, to be happy and feel alive every day. To be clear I am advocating finding and reconnecting to your purpose not leaving your job!

The irony is that I work with and develop leaders to do this exact thing. It was time to not just talk the talk but walk the walk.

This is why I joined Remarkably. Their brand, their ethos and passion for doing the right thing felt completely aligned to my personal values. The opportunity to build an L&D practice gave me the chance to be my true creative self. I am trusted, I work with amazing people who have the passion and energy I do. I am excited for a bright future, where I can work with amazing clients, make a difference, work collaboratively with brilliant people and feel purpose every single day.

There are lots of buzz words in this space from the Dalai Lama saying “the purpose of life is to be happy” to Michelle Obama describing purpose as “living a life that’s not centered on you, but one that pulls others up”, in reality what does it mean to you?

There are so many tools, suggestions to find your purpose. In my journey asking myself the following questions really helped:

Who inspires you?

My Dad, Mel Robbins, Dr Rangan Chatterjee

What strengths and qualities are your gifts?

Relationship building, creativity, growth mindset, facilitating thinking and growing great teams

What are your passions?

Making development accessible to all, making learning meaningful and fun, personal growth and leadership development

What are your values?

Fairness, creativity, responsibility, loyalty and energy

What difference do you want to make?

To help learners be their best selves, through innovative meaningful development that they connect to.

What do you want your legacy to be?

To have lived my life on purpose, and to have helped others do the same.

Purpose is everything - take the time to develop in this space. You won’t regret spending time on you.
Ask yourself, do you need more? Find your more. Find your purpose.

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