Your Scavenger Hunt for Purpose.

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Your Scavenger Hunt for Purpose.

May 29, 2023

Americans have performance anxiety when it comes to our purpose. Everyone else on your block has one and you don’t, as if your purpose is a possession, a BMW or a second home. As I’ve written before, you can’t have the noun - purpose - unless you live the verb - being purposeful. I believe there are four paths to feeling purposeful: focus on something that either currently agitates or excites you, something you’re curious about, or something that feels lost from the past and your job is to reclaim it.

I’m going to focus on that last path in today’s post in commemoration that my seventh book comes out this very day, “Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better With Age.” Mind you, there are three other published books that I don’t even count in my seven books published: “The Complete Book of Drinking Games” (written under the pseudonym Chugger Downs), “Business Rules of Thumb” (written with Seth Godin, but it’s less a book and more a compilation), and “Flatline on the Faultline'' (only available in the MEA libraries in Baja and Santa Fe). 

When I was a kid, I wrote stories to my imaginary friends. They seemed to love them or, at least, they didn’t complain. I was a pretty awkward introvert (which is true of many writers) and, as I approached adolescence, I got the impression from my parents that I needed to become more social. 

When I was in 8th grade and on the creative writing magazine staff, I told Dad that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. He didn’t seem pleased by that and I surmised that it wasn’t a manly enough profession (of course, I’d forgotten that Ernest Hemingway existed) so I quit the magazine and kept my writing practice secret. In high school, I was embarrassed when I was celebrated on stage with four female classmates - not a boy in sight - for scoring a 4 or 5 on my English Advanced Placement test which meant I didn’t take one English class in college. No comp lit, no creative writing, nada. Yes, I wrote that drinking game book in college and the Seth Godin book in biz school, but neither felt like it exercised my literary muscles. 

It wasn’t until I was giving an entrepreneurial speech at 37, more than a decade after I’d started my boutique hotel company that a literary agent asked me, after the speech, if I’d ever considered writing a book about being a rebel entrepreneur. I laughed and said that I’d run away from the dream of being a writer. The next thing I knew, I was birthing my first book, and people seemed to love it. And, beyond my books, I now love writing a daily blog which is both a commitment and a calling.

With more than 4,000 alums coming through MEA, I’ve seen litigation attorneys become pastry chefs, journalists turn into elementary school teachers, and software engineers transform into leadership coaches - all because they tapped into a passion from earlier in their lives. You can do the same. 

What’s a passion from your childhood that might provide you the breadcrumbs to your purpose? 

I hope you’ll purchase a copy of “Learning to Love Midlife” today if you haven’t already done so. 

-Chip

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