Clues to Purpose

Purpose. It’s what lights up your face, it’s what makes it a joy to get up in the morning and be alive. It’s what fills you with energy. It’s what you want to share with others, what you enthusiastically enjoy talking about. Purpose is about knowing how you will use your talents to add value to life. It’s one of the key elements of happiness.

Clues to Purpose

There’s no magic formula

Some people just know. It’s like they were born knowing their talents and purpose. For others, it’s more difficult to identify, clarify and understand. We must fumble and stumble and feel our way as we attempt to puzzle it out. There’s no magic formula, but there are some things we can do that will unearth clues.

Brian Tracy on Talents:

  • You love to do it.
  • You do it well.
  • It is responsible for most of your success and happiness.
  • It was easy to learn and easy to do.
  • It holds your attention.
  • You love to learn about it.
  • When you do it, time stands still.
  • You admire and respect other people who are good at it.

What did you love to do as a child? What are you doing when you lose all track of time, in flow?

What are you always chasing?

“The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball.” -Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, said this in an MIT commencement speech. Read more at What are You Passionate About?

You can build your purpose

Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life.” –John Gardner. Read more at Design Your Life Like an Architect.

Tools for Purpose

How to Start a Fire is a free ebook with the best tools I’ve found for discovering passion and purpose. Find more tools to explore interests and skills, strengths and talents, personal qualities and values at the Daily PlanIt Sticky Wiki and at

The process of discovering your personal brand provides clarity about what you are passionate about. Your  A value statement can be a mission statement or Unique Selling Proposition that pinpoints what you do and why. Read more at Personal Branding for a Purpose.

More Clue Resources at the Brand and Purpose Toolkit

Keep looking for those clues…

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8 comments on “Clues to Purpose
  1. Nice post. I like Richards’ book as well.

  2. Melissa says:

    Stumble and fumble are sure the accurate words for many people in their thirties who have not quite reached their goals and dreams. I just recently completed John Assarf book Having It All and have decided it is not too late to start achieving my goals and dreams. I really thought I was too late, but I soon realized it is never too late. John made me realize that and gave me the motivation and knowledge to begin achieving my dreams and knowledge to help my children know how to make the dreams and goals come true also. I feel like I am fifteen again and can do anything. For more inspiration, go to

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