Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived and lived well.” That provides strong principles and values, a useful framework, to live by but is it a useful definition of purpose? I offer a simpler take:
The purpose of life is to find your true purpose.
This article will explore my journey, not for the sake of mere self-indulgence but for the purpose of helping you on your own journey and perhaps getting to know each other better. I hope that, by the end, you’ll realize just how valuable and accomplished you are. If you’re at a crossroads in life, this may be the article for you. If you have any thoughts to share, please don’t be shy. This one will be quite the journey!
This epic collection of stories and scattered thoughts will cover a lot of things, including, but not limited to:
- How writing can be a tool of self-discovery and self-improvement
- What I’ve learned through running Y3B as a vehicle for consulting
- Going beyond establishing expertise and credibility
- Toxicity and the dangerous brand of knowledge (i.e. bad advice)
- Why culture/personality fit trumps technical knowledge and experience
Tomorrow, on April 6th 2017, Y3B turns 11 years old and it will mark an over 20-year journey. While I’ve dabbled in just about everything and worn many hats, writing and technology have always been passions. The challenge is translating those passions that into what Mark Schaefer calls sustainable interests, a concept that I have long taught and believed in before the book “Known” was published. That said, you really should read “Known” and check out the discussion groups on it.
I believe blogging is still one of the most powerful tools for those wishing to be known. On a greater scale, if you wish to establish credibility and visibility, the written word is still one of the most compelling ways to do so. Writing forces you to really think through your ideas in a way you may not do on a podcast and certainly not video, where you may be more preoccupied with production quality instead of the relevant, uniqueness, and importance of your message/stories. Writing is easily the most powerful form of communication and it is something everyone should strive to improve upon, if for no other reason than to structure your ideas and self-identity better.
I’m Not A Blogger, This Is Not A Blog
When folks have asked me over the last few years what it is that I do, I never answer with blogging. It’s not my focus or core competency. I believe that calling yourself a blogger diminishes the value of what you do; furthermore, your blog should be a catalyst for bigger things. The term “blogger” has become synonymous with hobby or passion, not profession or purpose. That’s fine if your blog is truly a labor of love but, if it can be so much more, why wouldn’t you develop it as such?