How to lead a purposeful life

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The most successful people are those who have a strong sense of purpose at work—and in life. So how do you find your own unique purpose? Try this exercise:

• Identify what you do best. Look at your current job and your previous jobs, as well as activities outside work. Focus on what you do well, but don’t ignore what you enjoy—usually we’re good at tasks we like, and vice versa.

• Focus on helping others. Ask yourself what you enjoy doing that helps other people. That’s usually more fulfilling than just earning a paycheck, and more valuable to employers and clients as well.

Combine those two elements—what you do best, and what benefits other people most—and you’ll have a good idea of how to start moving toward a life that’s based on purpose.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

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