May 22, 2013

Three Questions For a More Sustainable You

 She's no longer at the right place. She's no longer in the right profession. And so she's looking for what's next. That is what I learned in a colleague's email today.  And she asked for advice.

You could amass quite the collection of books on finding purpose in your life, career planning, and the like. I've read many of them, and many are quite good.

Rather than a book I offered the three fundamental questions:
  1. How do you define a meaningful life?
  2. What resources will that definition require?
  3. What must you do to sustain those resources?
Essentially, start broad and then slowly narrow. Recalibrating the meaning we seek and the means it will require will no doubt occur many times over our lives.  We don't want to live beneath our possible meaning, nor do we want to live beyond our means.  Neither are sustainable.

The opportunity for each of us is to craft a life filled with meaning that requires means that are manageable for us to maintain. 

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