How Do I Find My Purpose?2018-01-24T23:23:16+00:00

Ever ask yourself, “How do I find my purpose?” Use these free career resources to help you find the answer to the question, “What’s My Why?”

At Y Scouts, we believe that everyone has a “why.” It’s what gets us up in the morning. It’s what keeps us going through the day. It’s what leaves us fulfilled at night. It’s the reason why we do what we do. But what if you don’t know what your “why” is? How do you answer the question, “How Do I Find My Purpose?

It’s okay not to have an answer to our company tagline. “What’s Your Why?” is a tough question to answer. But in addition to helping companies discover their why through our “What’s Your Why?” process, we’ve decided to compile a master list of our favorite resources that have helped us and others find their why.

From commencement speeches to coloring books, these resources are all free and useful. So please, share this page with your friends and if you have a resource to add to the list, contact us. Together, we can help people to do what they love.

1) Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

If you have 15 minutes and you enjoy watching Youtube videos on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, watch this 2005 Stanford Commencement speech by Steve Jobs:

2) Paul Graham’s Essay

If you enjoy reading, Paul Graham’s essay “How To Do What You Love” systematically breaks down how we can find an answer to the question, “What’s Your Why?”

Click here to go to Paul Graham’s essay.

3) Do What You Love Coloring Book

If you like to learn by actually doing things, then we recommend coloring in this coloring book from Mailchimp. It’s a fun way to reflect on what you love.

Click on the image below to go to Mailchimp’s website, where you can download the coloring book.

4) Pursue the Passion Book

Our co-founder and advisor Brett Farmiloe interviewed more than 300 professionals about their career paths to find out how they found passion in work. Then, Brett wrote a book about the commonalities he found in his interviews. The Pursue the Passion book is available for free here.

5) Start With Why Book

Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” book is a big inspiration behind why we do what we do at Y Scouts. This book is required reading for all Y Scouts employees, and we’d highly recommend that you read it as well.

You can get the cliff notes of the book by watching this TED talk, where Simon discusses how great leaders inspire action.

Click the book image to go to Simon’s website, where you can download a free chapter.

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