Endless Potential! 10 Steps to Your Purpose in Life

(This post was originally posted on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/endless-potential-10-steps-your-purpose-life-trenton-willson/edit?trk=pulse-art-edit_btn)

Is there such a thing as the perfect job or career?

Are you satisfied with your job? Is the pay and benefits worth the effort? Do you have enough family and leisure time? If not, why?

I have always enjoyed my jobs, but to be honest, until now I have failed to reach financial freedom and a family/leisure lifestyle that I crave. I have come to realize that we all have an ideal purpose in life. We all have a collection of talents arranged in such a way that no one else in the world does. We are uniquely in position to bless the lives of others. So logically, I firmly believe that we all have THE perfect career option and it is our job to find out what that is. Watch this video of Steve Harvey speaking to his audience and join me for a discussion afterward.

Have you ever settled for “just a job” when you know you are more capable and qualified for something better? Imagine how this world would be different if everyone loved their career and believed in their potential to change the world. Here are 10 steps that you can do to find your natural, world altering career:

  1. Know Thyself– Explore deeply who you are, your strengths, weaknesses, interests, skills and your place in this world. This includes your beliefs of where you came from, why you are here and where you are going.
  2. Your true nature– Knowing your true nature involves understanding your chemical make up, your personality, your tendencies and your natural movement through life. (See It’s Just My Nature by Carol Tuttle for an excellent system)
  3. What is your question? – Michael Wesch, Professor at K State University says that “all great learning begins with a question (a quest!)” You must find your quest and see where it takes you! (Full speech “The end of wonder in the age of whatever.”)
  4. How do you learn? – Knowing how you learn is an important part of knowing what you are capable of doing. Understand the different styles of learning and what that means for you in your profession.
  5. Skill Building– Conducting a skills inventory to see what you already have is critical to building the skills you need. Focus on your best skills. In the introduction to the book Strengthsfinder 2.0 it discusses building on strengths instead of focusing on weaknesses.
  6. Put yourself in the right place at the right time– Create a vision! Stand in the places where the jobs and people are who can get you where you want to be. Get involved in the community and in your industry and eventually, fate will introduce itself to you personally.
  7. Surround yourself with the right people– Effective networking and mentoring with people who are already living your dream is one of the best ways to succeed. “We become the average of the 5 people we associate with the most.” Dan Clark
  8. Create your success– Take action, decide your destiny and go after it. Take the leap! If you are off track, the act of motion will take you through the course corrections to get you where you need to be.

    “It is our failure to become our perceived ideal, that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”

    Conan O’Brien Dartmouth 2011 Commencement Address

  9. Spread the wealth– The most successful people give back! Once you are living the dream and creating wealth, give back. Pay it forward! The money you make is far less important than what you do with it once you have it.
  10. Pass it on– Now it is your turn to teach. Find or create a medium to mentor and provide others with the tools and wisdom you have obtained in your journey.

What did you learn from this post? Do you have an experience of your leap you could share? Let’s discuss it in the comments below! Thank you!


If you would like to learn more about this process, please contact me! I will accept connection requests as long as you tell me what you learned from this post in the request. (Longer explanations can come once connected.)



Trenton Willson is a Career and Employment Counselor with experience in the public and private sector. He has developed job search workshops for the State of Utah, including LinkedIn, Online Job Search and assisted with others. He has coached hundreds of job seekers to successfully find gainful employment. He has a BA Degree from the University of Utah in Accounting, a field he worked in for 13 years before successfully transitioning to a much more fulfilling role in career management. Follow me on Twitter @dreamcoachers.

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