Serving Purpose

One of my mentors Luis Suarez recently chatted with me about motivation, purposeful living and innovation in the world of web2.0. He nudged me to blog and continue the conversation. Served up: Wonderwebby by special request.

A comment by Luis prompted me to share my motivation to enjoy what I do, collaborate with some great individuals around the world who inspire me, serve them and the company I work for (by my attitude and output) and sharpen my skills so that I have the potential to contribute to some amazing projects in my world. I even have a specific purpose statement scrawled down in a notebook. Not an ambitious career statement about work. A simple purpose statement about my life so I can make the moments count.

It’s different to carving out an ambitious career based on goals, success and awards. Those types of careers are meshed out on a canvas of ego. Okay, I admit I have moments of ego, for instance when my obscure Techno-rachy ranking goes up etc. But if that becomes my focus, I am looking in the wrong direction.

If we aim to enjoy what we do and who we work with, we might even enjoy the journey. When you have a reason, a purpose, well then you have something to keep you motivated when the going gets tough or things don’t turn out as you planned. Being happy in what you do might help at times – but it doesn’t sustain, no matter what tools you use for collaboration, how buzzy the creative community is or how many “friends” you have. Purpose goes beyond ambition and is a key to innovation. Purposeful living creates individuals who thrive in every moment and impact the world around them, whether at home or at work.

One of the biggest benefits of social media is realised when “the crowd” can go beyond navel-gazing and begin to use the tools to collaborate and explore paths of innovation. How can you begin to contribute to your world?

Thanks Luis for the nudge to post ;)