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Play by Play: Finding Your Purpose - Understanding Your Impact on the World

by Gary Bolles

We all want more meaning in our lives. Here are some insights and exercises to help you gain a better understanding of what you’re here on the planet to do.

What you'll learn

You’ve probably asked yourself, “How can I find more meaning, both inside and outside of work? What’s my purpose in life?" Perhaps even questioning, "What am I here on the planet to do?" This course will help you begin to navigate the process of developing your own answers to those questions. You’ll learn about creating “the user manual of you,” understanding your own “spectrum of purpose,” the four most important elements of purpose, and you’ll do several brief exercises to explore ideas for finding more meaning in your work and your life.

Table of contents

Course Overview
Your Spectrum of Purpose
Developing Empathy
Finding Purpose in Your Work
Exercise 1: "I Want There to Be More"
Using Your Technical Skills for Purpose
The Three Kinds of Permission

About the author

Gary A. Bolles is a San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur focused on initiatives with impact, especially related to the future of work & learning. As adjunct Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization?s efforts to empower a global community to create an abundant future of work and learning. As a partner in the consulting firm Charrette LLC, he helps clients to identify and understand trends affecting organizations and markets, t... more

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