I’m connected to Michael on Face Book. He posted this on FB at about 9:45 this morning: “A sense of purpose is not something that we find; it is something that we are. Truth is not something that we look for; it’s something that we live. “The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.” -Victor Hugo.
“Purpose” is central to The Great Workplace 2.0 of today and tomorrow. It is the advantage smaller companies have over their larger counterparts: They can believe in doing things bigger than themselves, and it is the reason really BIG companies get in their own way: They believe in the mission of the company (the company itself) more than a purpose for the customer.
Although this post is indirectly about The Great Workplace, it is more about people and what they can do to be valued by one, and themselves:
1) ..”purpose is not something we find. It is something we ARE”. A True purpose is not something we turn on and off. It is WHY we are, WHO we are, and HOW we interact with others. It is VALUE.
2) “Truth (and purpose for that matter) is not something we LOOK for, it is something we LIVE”. Again. no light switch. No shelf item to pick. BE. ACT.
3) “Real” is the “exist” part. “Live” is the action part. It is the constant stretching for something greater than we have become, it is growth it is being alive. It is the constant striving for something, not sitting and waiting for something to come to us.
These simple sentences from Hugo are what separates getting hired, being happy, living a full life, and GROWING.
Here is the stuff that is “Dad” giving advice: The Great Workplace 2.0 of tomorrow (and today) is always looking for people with a purpose. People who are proactive, people who are alive and vibrant. Be that way, and you will have a great career. Don’t be that way, and you will be collecting welfare, missing out on great opportunities, and wondering why someone else is getting the promo.
Thanks Michael for the reminder. Thanks Victor for the great lead into my chapter in the book: “101 Ways To Enhance Your Career” to be published in October 2010.