What’s Your One Sentence (Purpose) at Work?
I just finished Daniel Pink’s Drive, recommended by a friend / fellow GEer from my congregation. A great read, many wonderful nuggets to explore and contemplate. The three-legged stool of autonomy, mastery and purpose is especially relevant.
The one that sticks with me right now is Pink’s reference to Claire Boothe Luce and her advice to John F. Kennedy, resonant with Kawasaki’s seminal Positioning Statement in his own book, Enchantment:
You don’t have to be a president—of the United States or of your local gardening club—to learn from this tale. One way to orient your life toward greater purpose is to think about your sentence. Maybe it’s: “He raised four kids who became happy and healthy adults.” Or “She invented a device that made people’s lives easier.” Or “He cared for every person who walked into his office regardless of whether that person could pay.” Or “She taught two generations of children how to read.”
As you contemplate your purpose, begin with the big question: What’s your sentence?
My own sentence sounds something like the quote on the banner I bought at Peaceful Inspirations a few weeks ago:
What is your one sentence (purpose) at work, vocationally or both? Share it so we can all know it and uplift it, too.