Stop searching for purpose. Build it. We're living through a crisis of purpose. Surveys indicate that people are feeling less connected to the meaning of their work, asking, "How do I find my purpose?" That's the wrong question. You don't find your purpose—you build it. The HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose debunks three common myths about purpose: that purpose is found, that you have only one, and that it stays the same over time. Packed with stories, tips, and activities, this book teaches you how to cultivate more meaning in your life and work and endow everything you do with purpose. You'll learn how to • Find the reason behind your work • Identify what makes you feel happy and fulfilled • Use job crafting to transform your role • Build positive, fulfilling relationships • Connect your work to service Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
Introduction SECTION ONE Getting Started with Purpose 1. Purpose, and Why It Matters We’re experiencing a crisis of meaning. 2. Identifying Your Starting Point An exercise for focusing your efforts. SECTION TWO Redefining How We Think About Purpose 3. Dispelling Three Common Myths How do you find your purpose? You don’t. 4. Mining Your Life for Meaning Where to look for what moves you. 5. The Many Sources of Purpose in Your Life Six spots purpose can live—at the same time. 6. Embracing Shifts in Purpose Learn to let go. SECTION THREE Building Your Purpose 7. Craft Your Work Turn the job you have into the job you want. 8. Make Work a Craft Aim for self-improvement and task mastery. 9. Connect Your Work to Service At work, at home, and in your community. 10. Invest in Positive Relationships Elevate connections with those in your network. SECTION FOUR Purpose in Your Organization 11. Creating a Culture of Purpose You don’t have to be a top leader to have an impact. 12. Living into Corporate Purpose Help colleagues understand and act on the mission. Conclusion: A Call to Action Index About the Author.