I just published my latest blog post on "Articulating Your Personal Purpose."
For those that prefer something shorter form, here's a quick thread 👇
I recently did an exercise called "Future Authoring" with @BlasMoros and other folks part of his @LTCWRK project. I had already done some work on my personal purpose and found it more helpful than some other goal-setting frameworks. Here are some reasons why...
1/5 - Velocity - having a purpose helps with both components of velocity...speed and direction. @jordanbpeterson says "The purpose of life, as far as I can tell…is to find a mode of being that's so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant."
2/5 - Compounding - Einstein called compounding the 8th wonder of the world. Compared to longer term resolutions, purpose allows daily decisions to compound over time. @patrick_oshag interviewed @t_xu who says "dream big, start small." Purpose gives clarity to the small things
3/5 - Highly Individual - group purpose from religion, politics, or company can be helpful. However there's power in coming up with something very personal and internalizing it and if you choose, aligning it to support the groups you associate with
4/5 - Reduce Friction - having purpose and values provides clarity of direction and can reduce some of the friction in everyday life. @tferriss talks about 1 decision that removes 100, and having a personal purpose can help alleviate that decision fatigue
5/5 - Teamwork - if everyone had a purpose and was willing to share, it would make collaboration much easier. @StevenDLevitt talks about objectives, strategy, and tactics, and how we debate tactics not realizing we're misaligned on objectives. Transparency of purpose would help
I hope you consider outlining a purpose that's meaningful to you and those around you. A couple months ago @ReformedBroker wrote a post on his 44th bday that shows the passion and zest for life that can come from living your purpose.


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I just joined Twitter a few wks ago and it’s admittedly a bit overwhelming. Here goes with my 1st post…I currently lead a 250+ person service team and it strikes me there are some underappreciated leadership lessons that are more important now than ever. Here are 5 of them 👇
1/5 - Vision/Purpose - Have both a well articulated company vision and set of values but also require team members to document their personal purpose and how they connect. How Will You Measure Your Life is a great book if you're interested in exploring purpose further
2/5 - Relationships/Trust - Nothing is more important than establishing personal relationships and trust with members of your team...reduces friction. @realrookieceo talks about relationship bldg in the context of technician ride-alongs in his great interview with @aebridgeman
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