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Fast Company “Are You Deciding on Purpose?” article a must read

5 April 2009 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz 4 Comments

Richard Leider, an executive and career coach from Minnesota, published an article in Fast Company back in December (see article).  He makes recommendations for finding purpose in your life by aligning your career with your life’s purpose. 

The article contains a description of his 10 “laws” for making decisions on purpose with one of them proposing the two questions:

  • What do you want?
  • And how will you know when you get it?

He makes a really valid point that many of us fail to even propose these questions prefering instead to just stay busy.  We have a lot of good excuses, but have to really admit to ourselves that we prefer a purposeless life.

He states very clearly that talent plays a major role in career selection, but so is your passion, environment and your vision. He calls out environment as the main roadblock preventing people from achieving their definition of success. In the wrong environment, even the most talented and visionary person with tons of passion will fail miserably.  He asks, “Are you willing to trade off 60% of your time just to have money to spend the time that left?” It’s really a statement to be considered so you don’t look back on your life with regrets about taking the easy road and living a less that successful life.

Read this article.  It’s well worth the time.


Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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4 Comments »

  • diana garcia said:

    That’s the reason why I haven’t conformed and have continued to follow my passion.

  • Duilio said:

    i agree 100 percent with richard leider about that the enviroment play a major part in award success in life and also i think how you were raise plays a good part too.

  • Jorge Lázaro Díaz
    Jorge Lázaro Díaz (author) said:

    You seem to be right where you need to be.

  • Funeral Provokes Me to Reflect on My Purpose | Career Jockey said:

    […] couldn’t help but reflect on my own life’s purpose. In an earlier article, I discussed Richard Leider’s idea of finding a purpose in your life and aligning your career to […]

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