passion

 

When asked why they want to work in sustainability, most of my career coaching clients say “to make a difference.”  Some word it as “to have positive impact,” “to create a future for our children,” “to save the planet,” or even simply, “to give back.” As values-based practitioners it’s important for us to “walk the talk” in our personal, as well as professional lives.

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In a previous post, I argued the merits of being a purpose-driven worker and outlined how to frame your purpose into a statement to find clarity in your life’s mission. This may have left you armed with your freshly minted purpose statement, but wondering what to do next.

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A couple of months ago I delivered the Keynote speech at Hitachi’s WIN Summit for Women in Innovation. As I told them my story, I was humbled by ones I got in return of how each individual in that room — women of all career stages and job functions — was spending each day trying to bring a sense of purpose into her work.

Six years ago, shortly after having my second son, I left the corporate world and created my own dream impact job when I founded Walk of Life Consulting. I traded in my regular paycheck, job security and a 40 percent higher salary for flexibility and a role that better aligned to my true purpose — to get more change leaders into their dream jobs to save this planet.

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The New Year is a great time to look both forward and backward. We start the year in reflection, deciding what to take with us and what to leave behind as we strive to make this year better than the last. But how do we decide what stays and what goes?

In January’s Dear Shannon Column on GreenBiz.com, I council a job seeker on how to get more in touch with what makes her happy and make career decisions around those criteria.

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