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Living and Working on Purpose with Chip Conley & Friends

Whether you’re working full time, starting a new gig, winding down, or retiring, what really matters is your sense of purpose. Are you doing what you were put on Earth to do? Aligning your “what’s next” with your purpose is an essential 21st-century skill in a world changing faster than ever before. MEA co-founder Chip Conley has navigated a number of significant shifts in his purposeful career. In this 5-part video series Chip and his colleagues share key insights that shaped their collective journeys.. Join us for “Two Minutes of Wisdom” to start your day!

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Day 1: The Purpose of Your Life is to Find Your Gift

Welcome to Part 1 in our exploration of Purpose. Today, we begin with Chip and Paula Pretlow who explore what Purpose means and how it changes over time. David Viscott reminds us that the purpose of your life is to find your gift. The work of your life is to develop it, and the meaning of it is to give your gift away. Let’s unwrap our gifts together.

Understand that Purpose is not static, it changes

Explore how your goals have changed and what is important to you now

What can you be purposeful about?

Key Question / Takeaway

Where do you find the greatest sense of purpose in your work right now?

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Day 2: Purpose Comes From the Inside

Today’s lesson comes from Nike CEO and former eBay CEO, John Donohoe. Nike is clearly a purpose-driven organization that inspires millions of people to stay active and “just do it.” Enjoy a two-minute moment where John shares his insights on our power of purpose as individuals to impact a company's success.

How do we connect our inner purpose to our organization's purpose?

Explore how your Purpose can shift over time

See how Purpose is part of living in an evolving organism

Key Question / Takeaway

Purpose has to come from the inside out, not outside in.

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Day 3: Live Success-FULL vs. Success-Empty

When Shelley Paxton left her high-powered career as CMO of Harley Davidson, she made a startling realization: the Success Script she was living was not her own. Founder of Soulbbatical, she has built a new thriving career, and her book of the same name was listed by Forbes as the #1 book to read in 2021.

Success is a feeling and not a checklist

What lights you up?

How to normalize this conversation to be the change we want to see

Key Question / Takeaway

We are ripe for change and redefining success as only defined by YOU.

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Day 4: You Were Born Of This Time For This Time

Hear from one of the wisest women we have ever met. Camille Seaman is an extraordinary National Geographic photographer born to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother whose traditions deeply influenced her. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Newsweek, Outside, Men's Journal, among others.

Understanding your job is doing the thing no one else can do

Harnessing the power of living in service to others

Explore the awakening of the “interweb” of all that is

Key Question / Takeaway

Understanding your purpose is tied to knowing who you are and why you are here.

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Day 5: Being Purposeful in Our Friendships & Communities

Radha Agrawal brings us home by taking to heart what really matters in finding purpose through our friends, communities and social circles. Radha, co-founder of Daybreaker, asks the simple question: “What if we could reimagine our mornings, turn nightlife on its head and dance with reckless abandon without substances before going to work?” She is a tour de force of inspiration, energy and thought leadership.

Explore why it is so valuable to create intentional community

Create a yearly list of the friends you want to go deep with, or invest in

Be intentional about how you want to invest and nurture your relationships

Key Question / Takeaway

Write down the qualities you are looking for in a friend, and create a rubric.

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Take a Deeper Dive into Living & Working on Purpose!

Now that you’ve had a sample of the power of purpose are you ready to learn more? MEA is the world’s first “midlife wisdom school” dedicated to long-life learning. Our programs help you invest in your sense of purpose, wellness, and community. “Living and Working On Purpose” is an eight-week journey that includes live, engaging workshops with expert faculty, weekly packages of videos and reflections, optional weekly discussion groups, and access to some of the foremost thought leaders in the world. Build a new community, make bold life decisions and gain tools to navigate your future.

Take a Deeper Dive into Living & Working on Purpose!
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Living and Working On Purpose

By Chip Conley and 30+ top-level professionals
An 8-week online course to uncover your inner and outer purpose with confidence.
8-Week online course
30+ business experts and thought leaders
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