Uncovering our true calling is a journey of following breadcrumbs over many years. Of course, most of us don’t have years to simply explore. Luckily, shortcuts exist.
Working at a company focused on an emerging concept is one avenue to discovering new clues about our purpose. An emerging concept is broader than the idea of a tech startup. It can be a company creating a new energy drink, an organization inventing a new way to serve people in need, or a new way to use an old resource (reusable straws, anyone?).
Anytime we’re doing this, we get to know ourselves a little bit better. Here in lies the connection between emerging concept and purpose. To know our purpose we need to dig out from all the fears, cultural baggage, and externally defined expectations of success we’ve buried ourselves under and get to the heart of who we are. All of this requires a growing confidence in working in the unknown.
Building this confidence fosters resilience — a key element of the growth mindset. With this mindset, we naturally bounce back from failure and setback, rather than retreat from it. And when we work on something new — particularly in a big group — we tend to have leaders and colleagues around us that are ok with failure, helping us build our resilience muscle as well.
When we work on something new, there is renewal — of our body, mind, and soul — which is critical to our growth. Working on something “outside the box” gives us new meaning.
Find an opportunity to fill your day job focused on an emerging concept and clues about your purpose will appear everywhere. As you gather these clues, check out our weekly Top 10 Purposeful Jobs listings for inspirational people-facing jobs and learn more about the other five “Purpose Sparks” at work in our next article in this series.