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How to Walk to Your ‘Why’ (if you can’t run it)

Remember the eye-opening 2007 statistic that we spend one-third of our lives working? In the era of remote work where the line between our professional and personal lives have become increasingly blurred, we can no longer pretend that our purposes are entirely separate too. 

Investigating and reflecting on your why is critical to feeling fulfilled in your life and it can even make you a better employee. Yet many of us don’t know where to start. 

Here’s our actionable roadmap to help you identify your why, then live it every day.

Defining Your Why

The first step towards living your why is knowing what it is. 

Start with Simon Sinek’s TED Talk that’s garnered over 50 million views. He turns to neuroscience to help people understand their purpose and drive.

Draw 5 pivotal moments from your life that exemplify your why. This exercise not only helps you reflect, but research also shows that the act of drawing inspires new insights.

Write up your ideal job description. This reflective practice can help you articulate what’s missing from your life.

Ask yourself three questions. Does your work excite you? Does it challenge you? Does it add value? When you can shout an enthusiastic yes to all three, you have likely found your why.

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Getting Your Why Into Your Day

For many of us, living our why in their purest form may not be feasible. Yet there are many ways to integrate your purpose into your existing routines.

Deliberately build your day – Identify the things that bring you energy and integrate them into your other tasks. For example, if you really enjoy talking with others, schedule virtual work sessions with friends to help you feel invigorated all day.

Find ways to contribute your strengths – Do things that are meaningful and allow you to bring your best contribution. If you have a passion for graphic design, volunteer that skill for a cause that you care about. Check out CatchAFire.org, where individuals can volunteer their professional services for the social sector.

Keep learning – Practicing continuous learning can reignite your why if you feel stagnant. Check out our curated, actionable tips here.

Strive for a work/life equilibrium – That’s obviously much easier to write than it is to live. But organizational psychologist Adam Grant’s podcast WorkLife is packed with tips and insights to help make it a little easier.

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Living your why can be a daunting task, and like anything else, you must walk before you can run. Start living your why today by using these concrete exercises to inspire reflection and practice your why a little every day.

Want to help your employees live their why? Start by instilling a culture of continuous learning that fosters individual exploration. Check out our own Zach Braiker and Purnima Thakre’s LinkedIn Live on growing a culture of continuous learning at work.

Empowered Women: How to Have a Life While #WFH, a Conversation with Carolina Fowler

With COVID-19 causing a mass shift to remote working for the majority of businesses, could working from home be the future?

What was once a limitation, could render a fruitful and creatively liberating professional path. Carolina Fowler, a member of the refine+focus team for over 10 years now who has built her entire career from home, shares the benefits of working from home.

Tune into this episode of Empowered Women Series to learn how to make your work from home work life productive and without affecting the quality of your actual life. Carolina has shared tips on everything about #WFH, from family time to increased focus, learn more about how to make the most out of this time at home, or about what might be the right choice for you in the future.

Carolina is a key member in the Empowered Women Series leadership team and has been instrumental in our success; we value her opinion and experience. 

Listen to Carolina’s story and many others at our podcast, Empowered Women Series: https://www.buzzsprout.com/660247/3001705-e21-master-the-art-of-working-from-home

Empowered Women: How to Navigate the Social Impact Sector, a Conversation with Karen Ansara

Interested in the world of fundraising and philanthropy?

Now you have the opportunity to learn more from an industry expert, Karen Ansara, about the ins and outs of social justice work.

From putting yourself out there and taking advantage of every opportunity you can get your hands on, to maintaining work-life balance, to finding something you’re passionate about and running with it, Karen’s advice spans the world of philanthropy as well as applying to other career paths and aspects of life.

Listen and learn more about following your passion and keeping your creative juices flowing throughout different parts of life.

Have you ever been part of a fundraising effort? Do you have any philanthropy tips and tricks that we should know?

 

Empowered Women: Making the Most Out of Your Career, a Conversation with Madge Meyer

Madge Meyer, Ex CIO at State Street, a lifelong innovator, an award-winning author, a public-speaker and so much more. Very early in her career IBM placed her on a crucial space program with NASA, as a scientific programmer.

She obviously has had an enviable career trajectory. When it comes to learning from others’ careers, enviable means the biggest learning opportunity! Madge has been kind enough to share her career secrets with us and tell us how-she-did-it.

We often know what our dream job is but don’t know how to achieve it. Other times we are in one field of work and wonder how we can transition to another that aligns more with our passions and skills. No better person than Madge to tell us about how-to-transition as she has cemented her feet in different fields and used her intelligence and skill set to reach the heights in every goal she has set her eyes on.

In this latest episode of EWS with Madge Meyer, discover how you can build a career as prolific as hers. Is there any field of work besides your own that you want to dabble in? Do you want an expansive career ranging over different fields or just one?

Empowered Women: Yoselin Bugallo on How to Make Others Value Your Career

Your gift for the International Women’s Day is here!

As women, we often have to convince others of the value of our careers. How do we find balance and draw boundaries in our personal and professional lives?

This episode of “Empowered Women Empower Women,” is with Yoselin Bugallo, the Director of Admissions at the NYU Stern School of Business. As a specialist in career development, Yoselin has learned a variety of lessons over the years—and one piece of advice that stood out to her was that who you choose as your life partner is one of the most important decisions you make in your career.

We’re trained to look at our life in buckets that we keep separate. Everyone has a career bucket, which we’re told shouldn’t mix with our personal bucket. But we don’t really live in buckets. What happens in our personal lives and in our support systems reflects on our career. Surrounding yourself with a support system that can pitch in when you ask for help can be the framework for a great career.

Enjoy your gift and share it with others!

Interviewed by: Purnima Thakre

Video edits by: Allison Yu

 

Empowered Women: Naheed Chowdhry Speaking about Speaking Up

Happy Women’s Day to all empowered women and the ones aspiring to be one!

Ever thought, why do so many of us find it hard to speak up? And what can we do to make our voices heard without being perceived wrongly?

The first episode of “Empowered Women Empower Women,” is with Naheed Chowdhry, the founder of iWill. With a focus on gender equality in the workplace, iWill helps augment, not reinvent, the gender-disparity policies of global leaders.

Naheed emphasizes that the best way to shift the mindsets of others is a mix of data and empathy. It’s only when something becomes personal that you can feel the impact and the desire to change your unconscious behavior. She also points to the benefits of safe spaces, where you can open up and discuss experiences without being judged.

When you have an idea, it’s important to have your voice heard. Communication is the one tool that can enable the creation of so many bridges. So talk with facts. Try to remove the opinion. If someone’s questioning what you’re saying, use data and ask for examples from them.

Celebrate this Women’s Day with listening to Naheed’s effective framework for communication and sharing that gift with women you want to empower!

Interviewed by Purnima Thakre 

Video edits by Allison Yu

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