Last night we enjoyed another fantastic Live in the Grey salon with just a few of our remarkable friends that #LiveGrey.
Our guests for the evening included: Ashley Bush, documentary filmmaker; Melanie Dunea, photographer and creator of the My Last Supper series; swissmiss aka Tina Roth Eisenberg, designer and accidental entrepreneur; Sal Lahoud, co-founder of Pave; Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Founder of FEED Projects; Sascha Lewis, CEO and co-founder of Flavorpill Media; Sheila Marikar, journalist for The New York Times, Businessweek (and others); Terri McCullough, Director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative; Mark Somen, philanthropist and partner in niche hospitality consulting firm, Craft House LLC; and Arthur Woods, co-founder of Imperative, a career platform that enables you to reflect, take action and engage others to bring purpose to your work.
If you followed along with us on Twitter you saw that the theme of the night turned out to be purpose.
“What is your purpose?” is an important question that is very rarely asked.
Imagine if when meeting someone for the first time, instead of being questioned about how you make your living, you were asked to share your purpose? Do you know what you’d say?
Here are some of the replies from last night’s salon guests:
“My purpose is to leave the world a better place than I found it.”
– Mark Somen
– Sascha Lewis
“My purpose is to create fun and smiles.”
– Maneesh, Live in the Grey
“Be a catalyst and an enabler to let people know they are in control of their own success and finding fulfillment.”
– Arthur Woods
“My purpose is to take a chance on people, in my career and in my personal life.”
– David, Live in the Grey
“My purpose is to live an authentic, enthusiastic life that is creatively courageous.”
– Tina Roth Eisenberg
Most people (including those that are already successful), have no clue what their purpose is. But taking the time to reflect and discover our purpose will provide you with a form of clarity that will make your career journey powerful and fun. It can also give you a leg up on your competition, as most people are unclear on the meaning they find in their work. As Sascha stated, “until you find your purpose, you are flailing.”
It isn’t easy to figure it out, but if you need a clue of where to begin, start with one of Tina’s favorite interview questions: What is your favorite super power?
One last point that our guests were clear to make, is that throughout the course of your life, your purpose can change. As your purpose changes, what fulfills you changes and the type of work you desire to do will shift. Don’t be afraid of inserting career pivots in your journey, the most important thing is to love what you do and live what you love.
What is your purpose? Share with us below! And check out Facebook for more photos from our salon!
[Image: Trent Bailey Photography]