“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” Anais Nin
I am yet to meet someone who is not looking to have a work & life that provides them with a sense of meaning / purpose. It is important to remember that meaning / purpose looks different to each and every one of us. It is very much a personal thing. The question then is for those yet to find or define this – how to set about doing so?
A lot of the work around meaning / purpose can be tied to our values. In the careers work I do with clients, the foundations are about identifying what the core values are and building upon these. See the below diagram to get you thinking about your purpose.
You can also access some great talks on TED about meaning and purpose in our work and life. Additionally a great article with links to some terrific values exercises is Finding True North – How to Clarify Values