We're living through a crisis of purpose. Surveys indicate that people are feeling less connected to the meaning of their work, asking, "How do I find my purpose?"
That's the wrong question. You don't find your purpose—you build it. The HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose debunks three common myths about purpose: that purpose is found, that you have only one, and that it stays the same over time. Packed with stories, tips, and activities, this book teaches you how to cultivate more meaning in your life and work and endow everything you do with purpose.
You'll learn how to:
- Find the reason behind your work
- Identify what makes you feel happy and fulfilled
- Use job crafting to transform your role
- Build positive, fulfilling relationships
- Connect your work to service
Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
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About the Author
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Table of Contents
Section 1 Getting Started with Purpose
1 Purpose, and Why It Matters 11
We're experiencing a crisis of meaning.
2 Identifying Your Starting Point 19
An exercise for focusing your efforts.
Section 2 Redefining How We Think About Purpose
3 Dispelling Three Common Myths 31
How do you find your purpose? You don't.
4 Mining Your Life for Meaning 39
Where to look for what moves you.
5 The Many Sources of Purpose in Your Life 63
Six spots purpose can live-at the same time.
6 Embracing Shifts in Purpose 83
Learn to let go.
Section 3 Building Your Purpose
7 Craft Your Work 101
Turn the job you have into the job you want.
8 Make Work a Craft 119
Aim for self-improvement and task mastery.
9 Connect Your Work to Service 133
At work, at home, and in your community.
10 Invest in Positive Relationships 153
Elevate connections with those in your network.
Section 4 Purpose in Your Organization
11 Creating a Culture of Purpose 173
You don't have to be a top leader to have an impact.
12 Living into Corporate Purpose 191
Help colleagues understand and act on the mission.
Conclusion: A Call to Action 209
About the Author 223