In his book, The $100 Startup, author Chris Guillebeau writes that living a life of meaning and purpose centers around understanding and defining our own motivations and selves. I've spoken to so many Millennial leaders recently that seem a bit tossed around by life. Maybe that's you right now? These leaders are having difficulty with direction, purpose, and meaning. Life is constantly tossing experiences their way, yet they are fixed so far off to the horizon that they miss what's right in front of them.
Don't read this the wrong way, looking to the future and creating a plan for what's to come is important. But it's simply one piece of the puzzle. Successful leaders master the art of learning, both about themselves and about the world around them. To add value, you must define two things with razor sharp clarity:
1. What unique skills and resources do I have to offer?
2. What does the world around me need?
It's at the intersection of these two questions that you'll begin to find direction and purpose for moving forward. This is where you'll find traction. Take the time to evaluate and learn from life. Learn about yourself. What are your values? What are your unique skills? What is your passion? Further, be a student of the world around you. Learn from the mistakes of others. Study the success of those you admire. The more you know yourself and the needs of your community, the more clear your direction and purpose will become. This is your key to navigation.