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Success Tweets things don’t make you happy

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I?d like to begin with three quotes.  The first is from T.E. Lawrence ? the Lawrence of Arabia guy.image

     ?All men dream, but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity.  But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.?

The second is from my favorite playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

     "This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.?

The third is from Oscar Wilde.

     ?To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.?

I dream by day, and I hope you do too.  I want to be thoroughly worn out before I?m thrown on the scrap heap.  I refuse to be a selfish little clod of ailments complaining about the world.  And I choose to live ? completely and fully.  My purpose in life helps me do this.

I?m a career success coach.  My purpose is to help other people create the life and career success they want and deserve.  To me this is a worthy purpose.  More important, it?s a purpose that makes me happy.

As I?m writing this, I keep seeing a tweet by the mythical Frank Tyger that has been retweeted at least 10 times in the past hour:  ?Doing what you like is freedom.  Liking what you do is happiness.?

All of this goes back to Tweet 9 in Success Tweets, my free ebook on 140 Tweets on career and life success which can download here.   Things don?t make you happy.  Happiness comes from doing something of value.  Success Tweet 4 says, ?The mightier your purpose, the more likely you are to succeed.  It will give you a strong foundation when the winds of change shift.?

If you want to create a mighty life purpose, it?s a good idea to write a life purpose statement.  However, many people tell me that they have tried to write a life purpose statement with little success.  Steve Pavlina offers a common sense, four step approach to finding your life purpose.  I really like these four simple steps:

Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it?s faster). Head it, ?What is my true purpose in life?? Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn?t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

That?s it. It doesn?t matter if you?re a counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it?s coming to you from a different source entirely.

I love Steve?s simple common sense approach to finding your life purpose.  As a career success coach, I suggest you try it if you don?t have a clear statement of your life?s purpose.

However, once you find your life purpose, you have to live it every day.  This blog is one way that I live my purpose every day.  I post five days a week.  That means that five days a week I write 800 to 1,200 words on career and life success .  My daily success quotes are another way I live my purpose every day.  If you want to receive these daily quotes, go to www.BudBilanich.com.  Enter your name and email address in the box at the top right of the page.

My books are another way I live my life purpose every day.  I write books to help me clarify my thinking on life and career success ? and to help others apply my career success coach thoughts to create their life and career success.

What is your purpose in life?  I hope it?s not getting more things.  I hope it is something that is bigger than you; something  that benefits others and all of us in general.  I hope it?s mighty.

Once you have determined your life purpose, ask yourself what you do to live it every day.  Then start doing that every day.  Doing something every day that reinforces your life purpose is the best way to creating a happy life and career success.

Check out www.SuccessTweets.com and register to get a .pdf of Success Tweets for free. 

Original author: Bud Bilanich
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Bud Bilanich, The Common Sense Guy, helps individuals, teams and entire organization succeed through applying their common sense. He is an executive coach, motivational speaker, author and blogger. Bilanich is Harvard educated but has a no nonsense approach to his work to goes back to his roots in the steel country of Western Pennsylvania.
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