Many of you have asked, "What does the day-to-day life of the Purpose-Driven Entrepreneur look and feel like?" If we are inspired by the possibility of living abundantly, creatively and ethically aligned, how does this show up on our calendar? How do we act as Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurs?
After talking with dozens of successful Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurs, and of course creating Purpose-Driven Enterprises (PDEs), such as Planet Purpose, I've found striking commonalities in the behaviors, stories and habits of folks on fire with their purpose. Let's explore them!
Habit #1: Integrity
Perhaps it goes without saying that integrity is a key outcome of living your purpose. Some Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurs have always known their purpose, had it encouraged and cultivated by their parents and communities, and have made purpose the defining element of their identity. However, this is not the normal experience in American business or culture. Often our gifts go unrecognized and uncultivated due to a variety of dysfunctions in our families and society, and/or the "more is better" narrative, aka "The American Dream". The result is a deep lack of integrity between who people are and what they do for a living.
Well before I embarked on my journey to purpose, I knew I had a purpose, but wasn't sure what it was. I also knew I was not living my purpose. I felt joy and alignment when exploring, when creating, learning, writing, and when I was helping others. However, like most people, I was not raised to cultivate an explicit relationship to my life's purpose.
After three decades of living out of integrity, following someone else's ideas of success (e.g. money, security, status, fashion, etc.), aka "The American Dream", I had to make a break and seek out purpose. Like so many others, I flocked to San Francisco, a place with amazing nature, a culture of self-discovery and a wide-variety of purpose-driven enterprises. In 2011, I worked with Jonathan Gustin, the Founder of the Purpose Guides Institute, to discover my purpose. On February 12, 2012, my purpose first became clear and has since evolved into Planet Purpose and all the courses and projects we create.
Often the purpose revelation process can take many months or even years, and include purpose discovery work with a Purpose Guide, as well as time in prayer, therapy, meditation, travel, nature, with spiritual teachers and plant medicine journeys. [We've created a number of ways to expedite the process, with the 21-Day Purpose Challenge and the Psy-Omega Program, so folks can find their purpose and begin the path to living and working with integrity.]
In nearly every case, after the discovery of purpose, the desire to take new purpose-aligned actions arises, bringing us into greater levels of integrity. As new skills come online, as new opportunities to serve and create emerge, the relationship to our purpose deepens, bringing with it new contexts and perspectives, new emotions, personal virtues and habits, such a the desire to always be congruent with soul, to live and work in full and complete integrity.
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To create your purpose-aligned life and purpose-driven world changing venture, please apply for The P4 Program, a 3-month venture accelerator and lifelong community of Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurs. If you register before February 28th, you'll get the LIVE course, Psi-Omega, a 6-week deep immersion into your purpose, a $347 course, absolutely free. Taking Psi-Omega (March 1 - April 13) before the P4 Course (May 1 - July 30) is the perfect way to deepen your connection to your purpose, so you can then take the P4 Course and accelerate your purpose-driven venture!