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PRECIOUS LIFE

SOME 60%
OF THE JOBS
THAT EXIST
TODAY DID
NOT EXIST
40 YEARS
AGO

FOLLOW
THESE
STEPS

into something that the rest of the world
disappears and all we long for is to dive deeper
into our euphoria. 
Purpose is at the heart of passion. It is not
a duty, but a joy. To live Purposefully is to live
passionately and to try to have an effect along
the way: to give through one's passion. 
So, what are you passionate about? How
could you be more passionate in your work?
If there were three things you could do today
that would make you feel more passionate and
purposeful, what would they be? And which
one are you going to do first? 
As a change management consultant, most
of the people I have met who feel less than 8/10
passionate and Purposeful about their work give
the following reasons:
Circumstances: 'I had to get a job and this
one came up.'
Procrastination: 'I'm only doing this until...'
Expectations: 'It's all I could do.'
When I ask people about what would bring
them greater fulfilment at work, many say
higher pay or more acknowledgement from
their boss. These things do make life easier and
more pleasurable, however they don't get to the
essence of what makes us tick.
Our lives should reflect the things that are
most important to us and we need to give
in ways that bring out the best in us. If we
don't know what our Purpose is, our choices
are compromised and we become jaded.
Eventually, this starts to feels normal.
Small, incremental changes add up to big,
radical changes, but it is a gentle process.
If you set sail to cross the Atlantic and alter
your course by one degree, after three hours
of sailing your course will not have changed
much. After three weeks, however, it is the
difference between arriving in New York or

FEEL T HE LOVE
The 7 questions to find your Purpose
1. How much does
your job say 'yes'
to you on a scale
of 1-10?
10 = I love it and
wouldn't trade it
for the world.
1 = I've got a pulse.
2. What are the six
things you like best
about your job?
Rate each one,
on a scale of 1-10,
10 being great.
3. What aspects of
your job are 2s, 3s
and 4s out of 10?
(Five things max.)

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4. Make up
different ways to
turn those 2s, 3s
and 4s into 5s,
6s and 7s.
Try to make your
ideas silly, fun and
different. Throw in
a couple of realistic
ones, too.
5. What out of
your 8s, 9s and 10s
could you apply to
your 2s, 3s and 4s?
So, if you like your
team say 8/10, but
your boss is a 2/10,
you might ask your
colleagues for

suggestions about
how to work better
with your boss and
apply one or two
of them. Similarly,
if you like where
you work (9/10),
but don't like
getting up early
(3/10), could you
explore flexible
working hours or
doing something
nice on the way
to work?
6. What would
you do for free?
Work, hobbies or
interests?

7. Make a list of 20
ways you could give
yourself the life
you want doing the
things you listed
for Q6. Every
third or fourth
idea needs to
be completely
ridiculous, utterly
impossible or just
to make you laugh.
BONUS QUESTION
Take the most
impossible and
ridiculous idea
from Q7 and work
out three ways to
make it possible.

BA LA N CE October 2017

Barbados. Little changes add up to a lot. 
What if we simply change the way we are at
work by one degree - applying our Purpose and
sprinkling our passions in new and unexpected
ways? Would that improve life? Would it make us
better at what we do? Would we enjoy it more?
For example, a client of mine was happy
with his pay, but found the job repetitive and
stressful. His Purpose spoke of travel and
adventure, so we set him monthly 'exploration
plans'. He started by walking to work. It took him
more than an hour, so he had to leave earlier, but
he could walk along a river and the canals. He
saw a completely different side of London and
the Purposeful part of himself was nourished -
day in, day out. His outlook changed and, as a
result, his choices did, too.

LIVE YOUR PURPOSE
Of course, you can also make larger changes.
Try this. Take a piece of paper and entitle it 'If I
had 20 lifetimes'. Write down all the different jobs
you would love to do. Nothing is off limits, but you
must write down at least 20 and love all of them.
Once finished, ask yourself whether you are in
your current job because it is convenient
or because it truly excites and ignites you.
If it's the latter, that's wonderful - tell 10
people how you achieved it. If it's the former,
there are plenty of amazing choices you can
make to bring your Purpose and reality closer
together. You can look at the qualities in all the
jobs on your list and blend them together to
create your perfect role. Some 60% of the jobs
that exist today did not exist 40 years ago.
What, though, if you want to live your
Purpose, but you're in a job that scores only 5
out of 10 yet gives you the money, stability and
structure you need? There are so many ways to
live your Purpose. Novelist Franz Kafka worked
as a clerk for an insurance company. For a man
of his extraordinary imagination, this must have
been deeply unfulfilling. But it didn't stop him
living his Purpose - he wrote his remarkable
masterpieces in the evenings.
The truth is that most of our satisfaction
comes from how much we give of ourselves.
That means jumping into a project, job or other
possibility and discovering through exploration
and curiosity how to make it work and turn it
into something of significance. You can live
Purposefully every day, and find avenues and jobs
that help you to explore your Purpose. But you
need to know what it is to live with Purpose - for
this, you just have to take the time to ask yourself
the questions that reveal your truths
and help you to articulate them. B
7 Questions to Find Your Purpose
by Richard Jacobs (£8.99, Watkins
Publishing) is out now.



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