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The acclaimed author of The Other Wes Moore continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and shares the powerful lessons - about self-discovery.
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Wes Moore, The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters
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I am passionate about health, flowers, planners, beauty, organic food and products, fashion, cleaning and organizing, movies, reading and the list goes on. I am sure your list is just as long. Could I zero in on one of my passions and make it a success? I probably could, but I also know it's not enough. I want to feel something strongly.
Podcast - Wes Moore, The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters - Enoch Pratt Free Library
Passion is not enough, because most of the time it's something that satisfies you and not necessarily the world around you. It doesn't always consider the bigger picture, nor the long-term view. Most of the time it's like a "quick fix. When a new movie comes out usually it has to be an independent movie , I get super excited and can go to the theatre to watch it. Anyone that knows me knows my obsession with cleaning and organizing and it gives me great joy to keep my home or my office clutter and dust-free.
I would even go as far to say that I put in a fair amount of effort into all these things as well, but I don't believe it gives me purpose. He says, "If you really want to know where your destiny lies, look at where you apply your time. Effort, or rather dedicated hard work is obviously important and coupled with your passion is a pretty powerful combination, but it's still not enough.
I put in a lot of effort with many of my passions. I am dedicated to consistently learning about health. What are the best foods for ultimate health? What are the best exercises to improve health? I could read and research this topic all day. However, does that equate to having purpose?
For me it doesn't, so I'm sure you're wondering then how do we get to what purpose is. Since losing my job I have had to rethink what my purpose is. To be honest, I've been in this place before. When my husband and I moved to Reno for his business, I had to think long and hard about what to do that will give me purpose and generate money for my livelihood.
It turned out that both my husband and his investor wanted me to be part of the business and help run it, so that's what I ended up doing for a couple of years. However, was that fulfilling my true purpose? When we moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, again for my husband's business, I had to figure out what will give me purpose and generate money.
I ended up teaching English.
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I taught at a private, bilingual school for two years and then I started my own teaching business, teaching English privately to young professionals for two years. But again, was that my true purpose? So what is purpose?
Here is one definition, "purpose is your essential 'reason why. Purpose is what drives you to do what you already do -- and want to keep doing," Dr.
When I look back at where we've lived and what I needed to do in order to feel I had a purpose and make money, wasn't really the true definition of purpose. However, in my last job I really felt that I had a purpose.