How to Figure Out What You Want Out of Life

This is the second of my “how to” career success posts. These posts are shorter and more focused. I hope they provide you with career advice that you can use to help move forward to your career success goals.

George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, is one of my favorite writers. I always enjoy productions of his plays. He was a hard worker – someone who was committed to his craft. He makes a great point about how important personal clarity of purpose and direction is to career and life success.

“This is the true joy in life; being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

He’s talking about two things here: accomplishing a lot – being a “force of nature” – and more important, having a mighty purpose to direct that force. Clarity of purpose and direction is one of the seven keys to your corporate career success. You can develop it by doing three things. First, define what success means to you personally. Second, create a vivid mental image of yourself as a success. This image should be as vivid as you can make it. Third, clarify your personal values.

Your clarity of purpose and direction is your foundation on which to build the successful life and career that you want. The clearer and more mighty your purpose and direction, the stronger will be your foundation.


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