Habits of Highly Effective Higher-Ed Professionals, Part 2: Finding Your Purpose

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Recently, I published the article "Habits of Highly Effective Higher-Ed Professionals," talking about how (and why) higher-ed professionals need to take Stephen R. Covey's advice about "sharpening the saw" to life. That article stressed the importance of professional development to our careers and our effectiveness. Now I want to take a step further and discuss another habit of highly effective higher-ed professionals: creating a purpose statement to provide your career and life with lasting fulfillment. It sounds simple, but often is anything but.

I'll talk about: 

  1. Why you need to shift from pursuing happiness to pursuing purpose
  2. What constitutes "purpose"
  3. How to create a purpose statement that will guide your life and career


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