Not Living Your Purpose at Your Job? Build a New One!

Do you dream of finding that perfect career that exemplifies every aspect of your purpose? You are certainly not alone in that wish, but finding a ready-made job that truly fulfills a purpose is not the easiest task in the world. Why? Well, somebody else with a very different purpose created that job or opening.

Before giving up and settling for a less-than-fulfilling career, understand that living a purpose cannot always begin in the classified section. Instead of filling a position in someone else’s purpose, build a career with its foundation solidly formed upon your very own purpose. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners started out by searching to fulfill their own purposes, and what better way to live that purpose than to create the means to do so?

First, it is important to understand your personal definition of purpose and how it contributes to achieving various goals and milestones. Imagine the type of work you could ideally envision doing and the associated type of lifestyle you would have. Create a clear image of what you would be doing and how it would fulfill your purpose.

Now, get it down on paper (digitally or not). List all of the goals related to creating a purpose-filled business and then outline the steps necessary to get the ball rolling on your future success. Make sure you leave out the opportunity to procrastinate by including a timeline for each goal to be completed.

Reached the end of your list? Congratulations! You are well on your way to living the best possible purpose-filled life.

Are You a Business Hoarder?

Hoarders can come in all varieties, ranging from those who can never part with a single piece of clothing to the lady down the road with 20 cats roaming through her house. Some of the more common types of hoarders can be spotted by the contents of their homes, but there are still those who slip by unnoticed, including the business hoarder.

Unable to let go of any aspect of their businesses — even the unprofitable aspects — business hoarders hang on for dear life to even the most useless products, services and money-drains. Business hoarders are also less likely to succeed at growing a healthy and sustainable company.

Business hoarders might also try to grow too big, too fast by adding in as many products and utilizing every business service possible. Even when those things begin to steadily drag a business into the red, letting go can be too difficult and too painful for the business hoarder. When it comes to the 11th hour, there’s only one thing left to do…

Rip off the Band-Aid.

If hoarding unprofitable business practices and products has run a startup into the ground, there is nothing left to do but start unloading the dead weight as quickly as possible. The results likely will not be immediate, but slimming down and reworking the business model can give a company the boost it needs to eventually overcome the ill-effects of business-practice hoarding.