Wednesday, June 4, 2014

First Clarify your Purpose

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Thousands of people today don’t believe in meaning and purpose as something to discover or pursue in life. And others believe in a life purpose but won’t take the risk to identify or honor it. Those with positive influence feel otherwise. They have found that there is a purpose to their life, and that purpose usually involves some aspect of turning their “mess into a message,” or using what they’ve learned (often the hard way) as a means of being of service to others. People with a sense of purpose are driven, focused, committed, and lit up from the inside – unable to be deterred or distracted from what they believe is the reason they’re on this planet at this time. This sense of meaning and purpose gives them inexhaustible drive and offers guideposts to follow along the path. It informs them of what they wish to attend to in life, and what they need to walk away from because it doesn’t support their higher purpose.
Reference: 9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World.

I work at avoiding hyperboles like "unable to be deterred" or "inexhaustible drive," that writer Kathy Caprino resorts to.  Nevertheless, having a sense of purpose is crucial to making a difference.  It is at the heart of Theory of Algorithms and The Core Algorithm, the conceptual framework and practical applications model, respectively, that speak to how I aim to have worldwide impact.

While there may be common behaviors among them, I'm sure that their actual profiles are as unique as they are.  I see an article like this less as an actual representation of behavior and more as an aspirational model for would-be altruists, philanthropists and humanitarians.

  1. For those who feel compelled to make difference, they  must first clarify what their life purpose actually is.
  2. Then, it's about taking stock of what they actually need to do to fulfill such a purpose.
  3. Finally, they must actually work at it.

And I've just described the 3 steps of The Core Algorithm.

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