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Oh…you don’t know yet who Marissa Mayer is? She’s the one who’s guarding the look and feel of Google.com front page as you see it every time you do your search…[scheduled monthly=”26″ time=”01:00 AM” length=”0:0:1:0″ msg=”Sorry, you may need to wait for Marissa Mayer’s amazing video”]

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What….?!! You don’t even care if you ever need one? Praise to God you’re not losing your interest in your life…yet! Just beware of the following behavior symptoms: you’re spending your time aimlessly watching television, surfing the internet, eating, drinking, etc. If you do not have a defined purpose, life feels empty – a void exists. You may end up giving up!

Everyone talks about the need to discover their life purpose yet many people get stuck and confused in how to do this. As life has become less predictable and people are more and more dissatisfied with life, there is renewed conversation about finding a purpose to life.

If you think that finding a purpose to your life is hard, then be very hopeful since you’re not thinking it as impossible. In fact, finding a life purpose can be as simple as looking in different places than you have been looking.

Here are things that might be of help to finding your life purpose:

1. Ask yourself what makes you happy, what would you do if you did not get paid, what are you really good at and love to do, what is your dream life, etc.

It is your responsibility to determine what would make you the happiest and then do whatever it takes to point yourself in that direction.

Once you have taken the time to identify what you would really be happy doing, try each idea on for size. If your purpose might be to teach; create an opportunity to teach, go to a school and talk with other teachers, look into what it would take to get a teaching degree, etc.

2. Discover who you really are! Going through a discovery process to find out who you really are will support you in discovering your life purpose. We hear messages throughout our lives that come from well-meaning people who think they know best – parents, teachers, bosses, friends. The only person who knows who you really are is you – great news – right? Yes, it is!

3. Give yourself permission to try on different “purposes” until you find one that fits perfectly. You have spent a lifetime trying to find your purpose, before jumping into one identified purpose, do more exploring.

This is a personal decision and you are the only one in charge of your purpose. At the end of your life, having and living your purpose will have made life worth living. There are so many people who die unhappy and unfulfilled. We all come into this world with a purpose; it is our job to find and live that purpose.

Lead Us, We Need You..I know. Most probably you will refuse it. Seth Godin was right when he categorized most of us as sheepwalkers. A crowd with fear mentality of being wrong or of making mistakes by trying new things. The world is crying out for leaders at every level, but there are far too few people who are willing to take upon themselves the role of leadership. Why? Because there is an exaggerated fear of failure which inhibits people from taking the risk of acting differently from the crowd.

Some of you may have the passion to get out of the crowd. If you’re interested in leadership in today’s fast-changing, interconnected world, you may read Seth Godin’s “Tribes”. Many of Godin’s ideas are responses to the new communication technologies, most notably the Internet. However, it is worth mentioning that right at the beginning of Tribes he emphasizes that,

“You don’t need a keyboard to lead… you only need the desire to make something happen!” – p. 6.

If you have that desire, the passion to create something that is ultimately bigger than yourself, then Godin encourages you to use the Internet to communicate that passion to others.

There is rather a lot of talk about faith and belief (faith is good, dogma is bad), religion and heretics. According to Godin we need more heretics to step out of the pack and act as leaders. The chief of heretics, Martin Luther, is given a cameo part somewhere in the middle of the book.

Heretics are heroes not only because they are prepared to stand up and stand out, but also because, “Stability is an illusion”, (p. 16) and “Today’s market place rewards heretics” (p. 11).

As the pace of technological change increases, the consequent “rush from stability” (p. 17) combines with the new technologies of communication to present everybody with opportunities for leadership.

The book does not have a tight structure but is rather a loose collection of anecdotes around the themes of creating and leading “tribes” in a world of new technology. A tribe is a group that shares strongly held beliefs or aims and either forms around a leader or is waiting for a leader to pull it together.

Pulling together of a tribe, tightening its bonds, is seen as being more important than enlarging its bounds.

In one of the examples of leadership that Godin works into the book, he discusses an actual “leap of faith” that was made by the rock climber, Chris Scharma. Sharma discovered that he could climb where no man had climbed before by “letting go” and jumping upwards from cliff faces that jut out over the sea. He has fallen into the sea numerous times, but he has also climbed “impossible” climbs.

It is that willingness to fail and to lead people further than they have every gone before that Godin sees as being the true essence of tribal leadership.

A tribe can be very small and local or it can span the world and come together via the Internet. There is probably a tribe out there waiting for you to lead it. If you think that you lack the charisma to lead a tribe, consider this:

“Being charismatic doesn’t make you a leader. Being a leader makes you charismatic. (p. 127)