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5 Steps To Find Out Your Life Purpose

Finding out your life purpose is one of the most fulfilling journeys that you can ever take. It is the journey that most likely define your happiness as well.

Questions like …

Why are you here in this world?

Why do you exist?

What do you think is your reason for living?

Now, you don’t have to immediately have the answers to all of these questions–you need to discover the answers gradually.


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Here are five simple steps you will need to undergo in order to discover your purpose in life.

1. Your life purpose matters to you. Find that One Thing that absolutely catches your interest.

Look deep into your heart and pinpoint that One Thing that captivates you. What makes you awestruck? Check out your bookmarked websites–what do they have in common? Bring out your reading list–what’s that topic that you’re particularly interested in?

Look back to the times when you talk with people–what subject matter can you find yourself talking about for long hours?

What’s that One Thing that you’d feel fulfilled to pursue?

Singing? Writing? Speaking? Dancing? Painting? Crafts-making? Reading?

Be honest with yourself. You’ll find that One Thing soon enough.

The one thing that you can do, which satisfy you, as well as contribute to something greater than yourself.

For me, it might be blogging. I run 3 online business store, on top of my day-to-day job. Based on my current experience, running the online business is rather hard hustle to handle at times which could give me unnecessary stress. As for blogging, as of now, I didn’t make any money from blogging (yet). However, from satisfaction point of view, blogging is better. So, let’s see how things turned out in another year or two.


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2. It should serve people around you. Lend some of your time and do some volunteer work.

Remember, the volunteer work that you should be doing must be connected with the One Thing that you were able to pinpoint in step one. Just do the work without any expectation of being compensated or being given the credit.

Your life purpose should have a massive impact to your community–it should be something that you love doing and something that people love seeing you do. Purpose, after all, is best when shared with others.

Blogging gives me this in abundance.


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3. Your life purpose should enhance your growth as a person. Pinpoint your primary talent.

Some people say that they’re good at everything–this isn’t true at all. You can only be absolutely excellent at one thing and just average at the others. It’s either you try to be “Jack of all trade, but the master of None”, or ” Master of One”.

You can find out your talent if you know which of your abilities can make you stand out like an ultimate celebrity. What are you wonderful at? What is the skill that compels people to come up to you and say, “Good job!” or “Wow, you really have a skill for that”?

Or in other words, be the “SME – Subject Matter Expert”. And to be that, a lot of efforts and dedicated practices is required!


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4. Passion, service and talent should be all interrelated to form your life purpose. Connect the dots.

Once you’ve discovered that One Thing that you love doing, that thing that you can use to serve others and that thing that you’re very great at, you might be surprised to know that all of these are connected!

For example, CR7, be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Keep working on your craft, day-in and day-out.


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5. Act on it.

All that plan only worth it, if the plan is actually executed. Your family and friends may discourage you and tell you to just sit back and let things happen. Now, they do this because they think they’re protecting you, when in fact, they’re really just protecting themselves. They’re scared that you have the desire to find out your life purpose. This the first time they’ve seen someone do this, so forgive them. Forgive their negativity, their discouragement and their frustration.

Just go out there and really get your feet wet and your hands dirty.

Serve people by doing that One Thing that you’re passionate about.

Reach out to mentors in the same industry that you’re targeting.

Finding out your life purpose isn’t about attending classes, dissecting being-centered theories or working on a thesis. It’s about exploration–it’s an adventure that you can only take if you’re willing to.

Promise yourself that you will discover your life purpose so that you can make a difference.

Additionally …

In a Muslim point of view, your purpose in life is to serve Allah (God) to the best of your potential , hence the above articles first discussed on being the best version of yourself.

“Did you then think that We created you in vain, and that you would not be returned to us?” The Holy Quran 23:115

“And I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)” The Holy Quran 51:56

Therefore, in conclusion, my purpose in life is to serve my Lord, in the best way possible to me based on the gifts that my Lord has given me. For verily, every gifts bestowed upon me will be question on how I used them.

As I’m writing this, Me myself is in need of the advice and hope that it would also be beneficial for you as well.


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Blessed Income and wealth

In the pursuit of worldly goods, at times we might been ‘forced’ to endure the things which destroyed the blessing in our earnings and wealth. Nowadays, large mansions, gorgeous cars, fashionable and luxurious lifestyles are usually regarded as the measuring stick of one’s success, rather than something which are less tangible such as happiness or peace of mind, which of course much more important. These pursuit of wealth regardless of  legality and moral compass is the reason why disgusting acts like corruption still exist, with the theme to ‘facilitate’ transaction is usually used.

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Once I heard a lecture, where a retired uniformed officer asked the question, “Why are my children are some troublesome?”. After pondering the question, the teacher asked, “Did you ever taken a bribe?” The questioner admitted, “Yes, because my basic salary is too low.” So teacher responded, that the money was the reason that had destroyed his family.

Allah (SWT) said: ” And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people’s property.. “(Al-Baqarah 2: 188)

There are various ways to earn a living, so, never resort to that which is immoral.

” O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will: nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily Allah hath been to you Most Merciful. (29) If any (one) does that in rancour and injustice,― soon shall We cast him into the Fire: and easy it is for Allah. (30). “(An-Nisa, 4:29-30)

‘A thousand dinars ayat’ that are often displayed at Muslims restaurant are quoted from Surah At-Thalaq, verses 2-3.

“… . And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out (2) And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish His purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. (3) …”

Our worldly life is only temporary which can be likened to as a passing traveler on the journey to an eternal destination. So, as a traveler, pat your chest, and ask the heart, how much treasure is to be gained in this world and how do you get it?

Just like the ‘Monopoly’ game, racing around the board to collect properties and lands, while trying to bancrupt our competitors. However, if we win, and the game ends, what happens? All the treasures that we have collected will be recalled, and put back into the box, which in turn will be chased by next group of people playing the same game!

From Abu Hurairah r.a., he said, Rasullullah SAW said:

“… a servant said, ‘My wealth My wealth! ‘But his real wealth is of three kinds:

  1. Which he consumes and runs out
  2. Which he wears and tears; and
  3. Which he gave away in charity then stored (for the hereafter). Apart from these three kinds disappeared or left behind for others.

* yeah, now maybe the ‘Monopoly’ game analogy might seem more palatable.

In Islamic financial planning, the core concept is Allah SWT is the absolute owner of all wealth while we humans are only a ‘trustee’, and the trustees will all be held accountable by the trust they bear. As a matter of fact, as a trustee, we can neither spend it too freely nor too stingily to give away in charity. Because in both situation, we surely be one to lose.

In our daily quest to earn our income, just remember that Allah SWT has already promised that, every soul living, has his sustenance already determined as long as he lives. Therefore, we need to work, and work hard at that, and trust in Allah for the best outcome.

Wallahua’lam.

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Teach yourself Cultural Intelligence

You often can’t rely on your organization to provide formal training, so seek out opportunities to learn about the culture you’ll be collaborating with on your own.

In addition to being confident in your abilities, observing how people from other countries operate, and adopting new culturally appropriate behaviors, here are some ways you can further prepare for a cross-cultural collaboration:

  • Read a novel or nonfiction that is set in the culture of a country where someone you’ll be collaborating with lives or was raised.
  • Take an immersion course in the language spoken in that country. The better you speak the language, the deeper your understanding of the other culture.
  • Watch documentaries on the culture as well as movies and TV series produced in that country to get a sense of the values and beliefs held by its people.
  • Find a mentor who’s familiar with that culture and who can help you become more familiar with it. Tap into your existing social network, alumni groups, and professional associations. Social media has opened up opportunities to connect around the globe.

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How to confront your own weakness

Most people, including myself at times lack the courage to confront my (their) weakness and make hard choices to confront my own weakness.

Ultimately, it comes down to the following 5 decision:

  1. Don’t confuse what you wish were true with what is really true
  2. Don’t worry about looking good – worry instead about achieving your goals
  3. Don’t overweight first-order consequences relative to second- and third- order consequences
  4. Don’t let pain stand in the way of progress
  5. Don’t blame bad outcomes on anyone but yourself. Take 100% responsibility for your own life.

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3 Strategies to Boost Happiness and Results at Work

Decades of research confirm what your gut already knew: happier people do better work. They’re more creative, proactive, collaborative, energized, and personally invested in what they do. Qualities like these lead to the increased levels of productivity and success associated with workplace happiness. As it’s often said, “Happiness is the precursor to success – not the result.”

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When people are unhappy, the additional mental burden or “cognitive load” increases the effort required to process information or focus on tasks. What’s more, unhappiness shifts brain patterns and chemicals, often interfering with cognitive abilities. Reduce cognitive load, along with the mental burden of unhappiness, and you free the brain to work on more of what matters.

Most of us spend more hours at work than we do anywhere else (at least 8-9 hours a day). Increasingly, we build our days and even our lives around our work. Our happiness at work affects everything else in our lives, and that, in turn, affects what happens when we come back to work.

These are three foundations for you to build more happiness on your team.

(1) Relationships

Numerous studies of happiness — led by Harvard’s 80-year study tracking physical and emotional well-being — consistently name “real connection” and a sense of belonging as keys to a satisfying life. We humans deeply value being known and understood, being respected, and feeling that we’re part of something bigger.

When we feel connected we tend to seek more collective (rather than individual) wins. We step out of our comfort zone, opening ourselves to new ideas, growth, and confidence. Deeper commitments, trust, and positive accountability rise as shared values.

‘Lead by example’

How to make healthy relationships a foundation of your company’s “way?” There’s no one answer — but whatever approach you take, it begins with you. Modeling integrity, accountability, and candor are time-honored ways to begin. Staying transparent, avoiding hyperbole, and being willing to admit mistakes sets the tone others will use to build trust. Trust builds confidence and connection in relationships, and that increases happiness. Want to create change? Choose a trait you want your team to model and start practicing it yourself.

(2) Contribution

We all want to make a difference: to feel that something unique inside of us makes a positive difference in the outside world. When you help your team see how individual talent and personal care affect the quality of their work, you ignite the spark of contribution and invite them to bring more of themselves to work.

To activate contribution, acknowledge processes as well as results. What employees do certainly matters. How they do it — their process — is every bit as important. Telling an employee how much you admired her diligence, pointing out how a cool-headed approach to a challenge solved a potential problem, or acknowledging the resourcefulness of an ambitious new employee: positive encouragement sends a signal to “do more of that.” When you help people know you value their unique qualities, they respond with engagement and more tolerance for risks and setbacks.

They might naturally begin to have more fun at work — not the shiny object Nerf Blaster type of fun but that freeing, confident sense of being in the zone that primes us to get our best work done, and find more satisfaction doing it.

(3) Growth

Lifelong learning and personal growth are core to our happiness. Think of how you feel when you’re motivated to learn, stretch your comfort zone, and master new skills. You can almost feel the inspiration. How are you bringing that feeling to your team?

Consider how your people want to grow. Don’t know? Change that. Knowing how they define success positions you to help them create it. It gives you a powerful tool to use in setting goals, taking risks, and sharing feedback. When you help them see how to succeed on their terms — not only on yours — you become one of those leaders who activates potential and commitment.

Relationships, contribution, and growth: such simple things, yet so fundamental to what makes us tick as humans — and the better versions of ourselves we all want to be. Design your leadership around these themes. Talk about them openly. Help people understand their importance to effective teamwork and real business results.