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5 questions to help you find your passion and purpose in life
30 November 2016
My job, back when I was working in the mining industry, ticked all the boxes for pay, opportunity and learnings, but I didn’t feel fulfilled. I had tasks to get through, and I did, but it felt like being in a golden cage.
Fast forward to now and Leaders in Heels, the online community and stationery brand that aims to nurture, inspire and empower female leaders and entrepreneurs, which I began a few years ago. Leaders in Heels has me excited to wake up, every day.
An amazing thing happens, when you get honest with yourself and start focusing on and doing what you really love: everything literally slows down. You stop looking forward to vacations or wishing for the weekend. You are happy and joyful in each moment. You are fulfilled.
Passion and purpose are the foundation of discovering what you love doing. Lots of people find it hard to answer what they are passionate about. I’d like to share one of my favourite journal exercises that help you get to the core of why you do what you do.
Here are five questions to ask yourself, to help you find your true purpose in life.
1. Where do your talents lay?
What are you good at? What are the things that people often seek your help and guidance with? Remember: it is easier to be successful at something for which you have a talents and skills, than at doing something that sits opposite to your skill set. (If you can’t answer this question easily, ask your partner, a friend or even your boss to provide direction.) Your talent is the start of your calling.
2. What would make you excited to wake up in the morning?
What are the things that truly light you up? Think about the first things that come to mind when you wake up in the morning. (Stress and over work don’t count.) These are things you’d be willing to get up early for so you can squeeze in an hour or two before work.
3. What are the things you love doing?
It doesn’t have to be something you’re good at—just things that bring you great joy. When answering this question, don’t worry about what you are talented at. Simply list the things you love enough that you're willing to compensate for whatever natural talent you may lack with extra hard work and practice.
4. If you chose to do the things you love for a living, who would pay for this?
Passion is not enough. You need to think commercially as well. This is not about changing your passion to appeal to a wider audience. This is taking a long, hard look at what you love to do, and identifying a target market. You don’t have to think of traditional demographics, if they don’t apply. It could be as simple as, people who love Person As work would love what I do, and would pay for it.
5. What’s your ideal job?
Imagine every job pays the same. A banker, lawyer, shop assistant, dog walker, interior designer and garbage collector are paid $50 per hour no matter how good they are—but everyone has to work. What occupation would you choose?
When you’ve answered all the questions, look for the patterns and discover your Whys.
Kasia Gospos (above) is the founder of Leaders in Heels. Kasia recently won the Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the year. Visit Leaders in Heels and check out her latest collection of notebooks and journals to empower women.