I listened to this TED Talk by Adam Leipzig several months ago. I told others about it, but I didn’t put it here where it may find the right people who would appreciate it.
He asks 5 very important questions:
- Who are you?
- What do you do? Or perhaps more importantly, what do you feel you do well. Well, for some people this may be an important qualifier, but I’m wondering if that really matters. We enjoy doing things that we may not be very good at, but we enjoy it nevertheless.
- Who do you do it for?
- What do others want or need?
- How do they change or transform as a result?
I must admit this gave me pause initially. I was hoping to discover something grand and wonderful, but I found out what I knew all along. It’s nothing to feel disappointed about. It’s that you’ve known your life purpose all along without the help of psychics, numerology, astrology and the like. This isn’t hocus-pocus vodoo or mind altering parapsychology. It’s just a new way of discovering who you are and what you do is valuable to others.
The last part of the “talk” is what really wowed me — how to describe what you do in a powerful sentence. You are a unique individual who is special. It doesn’t matter what you do, what matters is how you feel about what it is you do. This is where the real you shines.