By Loy Okezie
It was Napoleon Hill who introduced the concept of a major definite purpose in his classic book Think and Grow Rich. Your major definite purpose represents the main or central mission of your life at this moment.
Our major definite purpose is often tied to our career and our work. Although for others it could be based more on spirituality, raising a family, leaving a legacy, or working for the community.
I’m hoping that by now, you’ve made a list of your skills and abilities, talents and passions. Now, think of something that connects all these four elements. Your major definite purpose may be smiling right in the intersection of these four areas.
Finding your career purpose
Some people seem to be born with a major definite purpose just waiting to be unleashed. From early adolescence, sometimes even childhood, they have a “calling” for a particular field and just “know” what they want to do with their lives, whether it is music, art, business, or science.
But my guess is that the majority of people out there don’t fall into this category; they don’t feel like they were “born” to do one thing in particular. Their major definite purpose is something that they have to discover. In Nigeria, perhaps the system may not support your dreams and passions and this may sometimes be frustrating. Do you feel this way?
Sometimes you may even discover your dream career after having worked for years in a completely different field. But if you haven’t discovered your career purpose, then your first job in life is to find and define a purpose for yourself. Your job should be to “reinvent” and “rediscover” yourself several times along the way, until you find a major definite purpose that suits you.
Once you’ve identified a major definite purpose, the last step is to put it in writing in the form of a personal mission statement. Having a written down statement of purpose allows you to read and review it frequently as a reminder of your career goal, purpose and mission in life.