I saw this TedX talk, Adam Leipzig: How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes.
He says you need to ask these five questions:
- Who are you? Answer with your first name.
- What do you do? What do you love to do? What is the one thing you feel supremely qualified to teach other people?
- Who do you do it for?
- What do those people want or need?
- How do they change or transform as a result of what you give them?
If you are looking for a job, you want to know this. Why? Because you are looking outwards. Notice that questions 3-5 are not about you; those questions are about your potential hiring managers/companies. (If you're a consultant, they are about your potential clients.)
Especially notice question 5, how people change or transform as a result of what you provide. You could make this your headline in your LinkedIn profile. Did you notice how I describe myself on my blogs and on Twitter: “I help managers and leaders do reasonable things at work.” That leads to the question, “How do you do that?”
Many people think you should know your passion. I'm not sure you can know your passion. And, if you're like me, you don't have just one passion—you have many passions 🙂 But you can have a purpose. I found this video helpful to discover how to discuss your purpose.
Think about this. And then, listen to Larry Smith's Why you will fail to have a great career. You can explore your interests, if you know your purpose.
Your career takes many twists and turns. That's why you need to look at your timeline and mine it, as part of your job search.
Start with your purpose. Investigate your interests. Then, you might know your passions. My $.02.