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Finding Your Life’s Purpose

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Of course it is. But the bigger question is what is your purpose?

Imagine my delight to stumble across this Ted Talk ... 'How to know your life's purpose in 5 minutes.' Finally!

Adam sets the scene pretty quickly. You just need to ask yourself 5 questions and 'Bob's your Uncle'.

5 Questions To Answer Your Purpose

  • who you were
  • what do you do
  • who do they do it for
  • what those people want or need
  • what they get out of it - how they changed as a result

Simple. Right?

It's so simple that he takes the entire audience on a journey of him asking - and them answering - those 5 questions, by shouting them out.

Adam Leipzig

The answer to question 1 - after a little prompting - was loud.

Question 2, still pretty good.

After that it all falls apart. By the time you get to the answer to number 5, well it's not that you could hear a pin drop - but you kind of get the feeling that the audience is sorry for him.


I think it’s because the questions are easy. You've read them so many times before. The answers, not so much.

To be clear, the purpose of this article is not to state the 'bleeding obvious', but rather to highlight that if you are struggling with that definition. It's ok ...

We all are!

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Rewriting History

Guernica - Picasso - 1937

Did John Lyndon Hate The Floyd?

Is Pink Floyd a punk band?

Are people really surprised when Roger Waters delivers protest?

Why is the film not Called 'Us and Them'?

All this and more in this week's newsletter.

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Following Your Passion. Finding Your Purpose

'Real Stories | Real People' is a new occasional series that will start to appear on this blog in the not too distant future. But that's not the point of the newsletter. The point was first to share the story of Richard Montañez.

The second was to ask you to think about success. What is it. And more importantly - is it uner your control. It isn't as clear cut as you might think.

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Play, Passion, Purpose

Needless to say those three words grabbed my attention immediately. And then when he said ...

The culture of schooling is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.

Tony Wagner

I was hooked.

Very good Ted Talk - just one gripe ...

He just about opens the talk with

I came to understand, that there's a set of core competencies every young person must be well on their way to mastery before he or she finished high school.

- critical thinking and problem solving

- collaboration across networks and leading by influence

- agility and adaptability

- initiative and entropenorialism

- effective oral and written communication

- accessing and analyzing information

- curiosity and imagination

Tony Wagner

i.e. if you have left school, sorry - we taught you all wrong as to how to succeed in the life in front of you.

What he should have said was

I came to understand, that there's a set of core competencies every person must master.

I know he doesn't mean it and I guess it is about education - but the implication is that you have left school then 'we taught you all wrong'.

Keeping that in mind ... well worth a watch.

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Work-Life Balance

John Mayall's First Album arrived nine years after forming his first band.
John Mayall's First Album arrived nine years after forming his first band.

Trading my time for the pay I get (up!)
Living on money that I ain't made yet (up!)
Gotta keep goin' gotta make my way (up!) 
But I live for the end of the day (up!)

The Vogues

Written in 1965 - and nothing has changed. This newsletter introduced you to the 4P model of People First ... Pay, Purpose, Play and Passion.

With a more open, enlightened recruiting process there is so much more that people could do in any company if they were given the chance. The answer is to stop job filling and start fulfilling.

You can read the whole of Issue Number 8 here.

Travels Without Charley
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People: Candy

I met Candy while she was having dinner with her beau ... Brian. She is a truck driver who operates as far North as Seattle and as far South as San Jose.