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Living With a Purpose: Finding Your Personal Pathways to Success

For me, the concept of success instantly conjures up all these random thoughts. I immediately think of late-night infomercials of people promising you real estate riches or showing you how to unlock the secrets of the universe for your personal gain. I also see images of Oprah, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Then, I also think of the American Dream and how everyone has a chance to pursue great success in the land of opportunity. But is this all just one big cliché, or maybe I just don’t get it?

You see, in the earlier part of my life, my perception of success was simply having lots of money. Society furthers this notion since the media places individuals who are rich, famous, and powerful on such a high pedestal. It’s pretty easy to get brainwashed about the materialistic version of success.

Does money equal success?

What does it mean to be successful? To me, it means finding your purpose, which is doing something that you are supposed to do based on your passion and skills. Maybe that comes with a whole bunch of money or enough to get by. The point is that this journey to success starts with finding your purpose.

Your purpose is a path to self-fulfillment, and one thing that I have learned through the years is that you shouldn’t underestimate the value of self-fulfillment.  There is more wealth in being fulfilled than having a large bank account, as hard as that may be to believe at times.

Where is your purpose hiding?

An article by Entrepreneur Magazine titled, “How to Read the 3 Signs Telling You Your Purpose in Life” discusses some relevant information from a book titled, “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins, which helps identify your life’s purpose.

The article states that the key to finding your purpose is “finding where your abilities and personal drive intersect the needs of others.” Goin’s three life-changing questions to ask yourself are: 

  1. “What do I love?”
  2. “What am I good at?”
  3. “What does the world need?”

These questions are simple in apperance but require some significant introspective thinking. Once you have put in the hard work to find your life’s true calling, your journey to create a more meaningful life has begun. You can start living with a purpose.

With your newfound purpose, you have to learn some important ways to further the progress of your purpose and develop your pathways to success.

Develop your purpose into pathways to success

  • Hard work: When discussing the idea of success with Punit Rejin, he immediately brings up the concept of hard work. He states, “There are no shortcuts. It takes time and a lot of hard work!” Outstanding individuals have a fire inside of them to do what they love day in and day out. They don’t need to be motivated. Their passion is fuel enough.
  • Believe in yourself: You have to have a deep, unshakable faith in yourself and what it is that you want to do. In an interview with Jennifer Lopez, the famous singer/actress mentioned that even after becoming successful in dancing, singing, and acting there were still people doubting her and telling her to stop. She proceeded to say that if she listened to all these naysayers, she would be “locked in a house somewhere doing nothing.” You can’t let people’s negative opinions hold you back. You have to push forward and believe in yourself.
  • Constantly learning: You need an insatiable desire to learn about your passion. Warren Buffet says that he reads every day for a few hours to continue to learn. Tony Robbins takes it one step further and discusses how he learns something new and then tries to apply it. Tony says that this is “deep learning” and leads to major breakthroughs. Understanding that what you love to do can always be done better is how you become a master.
  • Have mentors: You can’t do it alone. You need to seek out a mentor who is doing what you want to do and is the best at it. To be the best, you have to learn from the best. However, you still have to take any knowledge you acquire and make it your own. In an Interview with Tyler Perry he says,, “You have to learn from others and be the best ‘me’ you can be.” Mentorship is crucial when it comes to obtaining valuable comprehension about your purpose.
  • Innovation as a catalyst: Innovation is what business thrives on. It’s the catalyst for progress. In an interview with Laxmi Mittal, he mentions how he thought that time was short and that “If you want to grow, you have to do things differently than what everyone else is doing.” Experience helps in developing more self-confidence. But as things are happening, you need to capitalize on your unique logic and understanding to bring some value to your field.

To me, being successful means loving what you do for a living. It’s so important to never lose sight of that. We all know that money is necessary to survive. However, it shouldn’t be your main reason to strive for success.

Your life should be meaningful. Are you living with a purpose? How do you define your pathways to success?

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Preeta is a writer and a mom who writes about topics that strive to connect with readers in a real way.