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Purpose – The First P of Career Alignment

Purpose Passion For Career SuccessAn exercise I have found to be helpful in defining an ideal job is to explore what I call the four P’s of career alignment: purpose, passions, principles, and possibilities. Purpose is why you are here. Passions are what really motivates you. Principles are the values that are important to you. Possibilities are all the jobs in life that you are capable of doing with the talent you possess.

  1.  Purpose.
  2.  Passions.
  3.  Principles.
  4.  Possibilities.

Have you lost your job? Are you unhappy in your current position? If so, most likely (if you are honest with yourself) it is because the job is/was not in alignment with one of your four P’s. After all, if you aren’t passionate about what you are doing, it’s hard to get excited about going to work. It’s equally difficult if you are employed on a job that goes against
your morals or values. Plus, if you are doing something that doesn’t properly utilize the talent you have, odds are you won’t be happy either.


I am a firm believer that we all were put on this earth for a reason. It would be nice if we were told exactly why we are here on our birth certificate. Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. If you have never asked yourself what your life’s purpose is, now is a great opportunity to do so. Not working in alignment with your purpose can cause great discomfort and dissatisfaction. A friend of mine when he first went into his own business, he went into day trading. He had always been intrigued by the stock market and he thought, What an easy way to make a ton of money. Wow, was he wrong. Interestingly enough, he kept sabotaging myself. Every time he was making money too easily, he would make a trade he knew he shouldn’t make. For some reason, he would do it anyway and he would wind up giving back most of my profits and then some.

H couldn’t figure it out. He was a good trader and he could read a stock chart with the best of them. But for some reason, he kept sabotaging his efforts. Finally, he decided to take a break from trading and go on a trip, by himself, to do some serious soulsearching. He wanted to get to the bottom of why day trading wasn’t working out even though he had the talent to succeed.

During that trip, he took out a blank notebook and started reflecting on my four P’s. I really wanted him to get to the bottom of his self-sabotaging efforts. What is my life’s purpose? The answer he kept coming up with was that he was put on this earth to help people who want to be successful. This was interesting because in his mind, day trading wasn’t helping anyone but himself. Yes, he would try to justify to himself that he was helping others by providing liquidity to the market, but the bottom line was he didn’t believe it. This person is now one of the most successful Leadership Trainers in India and he is living in alignment with his true purpose and couldn’t be happier.

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Sonal Aurora is director and co-founder of one of the Top 10 Executive Search Consultants in India. Perfman HR is a premier HR Consulting & Recruitment Company Founded in Mumbai, India. We are an inventive and dynamic Human Resource Company specializing in Executive Search, Performance Management, Assessments, Recruitments, Training, Learning & HR Solutions.

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One Response to “Purpose – The First P of Career Alignment”

  1. The concept of 4Ps is very interesting. Inculcating the skill to identify and work on purposes, passions, principles and possibilities can be a daunting challenge. However, guidance can give direction and powerful mentors and thought provoking friends can open minds. Inspirational platforms such as Jack Canfield’s seminar could provide perspectives for a paradigm change.

    Posted by Rachel | April 4, 2012, 5:39 pm

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