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Don't Change Your Tool—Change Your Purpose

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Don't Change Your Tool—Change Your Purpose
I firmly believe that every person is born with a key skill or gift that you can put to work in life. Often, people say “I don’t know what my purpose is.”

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The Gift Of Our Unique Abilities

The Gift Of Our Unique Abilities

We all have unique abilities and skills that are unlike others. Instead of ignoring our strengths and pursuing stuff which may not be right for us but is what others are doing, we do injustice to our key skill or gift.

We need to find a purpose that aligns with our skills.

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Managing Oneself

Focusing on our strengths, understanding them and finding true purpose is a two-step exercise:

  1. Ask yourself what you are good at.
  2. Ask yourself if you enjoy that activity.

Write down what insights come to you in a journal. With time, introspection and humility you will find your true purpose by this self-assessment.

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Thinking before speaking and acting

  • Make sure that you speak up when you have something important to say. 
  • Take advantage of your ability to observe other people, the environment you’re in and the energy flow in the room.
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  • People will trust you more and thus you’ll have access to more privileged information.