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This Month's Topic: Passion and Purpose
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Hello from the Coaching Team!   Stop searching for your passion
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You Don’t Find Your Purpose - You Build It   Coach Introduction: Elmar Stork
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Hello from the Coaching Team
Dear Students,

Some people know exactly what they want to achieve in life, but this is by far not the majority. You have probably heard the question "What is your passion?" before, be it in a job/internship interview or on a date. Sometimes, circumstances can make you feel like you would need to know exactly where you'd want to be 10 years from now. But this is not what true Passion and Purpose are about.

In our Video of the Month, Terri Trespicio shares her own experience of finding her passion, explaining why actively looking for it is not the correct approach.

In our Article of the Month, we are going to discover that the definition most people have for passion or purpose, does not fit reality, often leading to confusion. Trying different activities and changing career paths isn't wrong. It's necessary! Your passion, or rather passions, will find you, not the other way around.

We are also happy to present to you our coach, Elmar Stork, Head of Product Development at DB Cargo AG. With purposefulness being one of his strengths, he would be very happy to help you discover your talents and pick a career path that fits you best.

While it is perfectly normal not to know your next steps in life or have a perfect answer for the "passion question", it is important to know yourself. And there is no better way to get to know yourself than coaching. Visit the coaching area on MyEBS to select a coach and book an appointment, or contact us. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

We wish you a pleasant and relaxing semester break!

Warm regards,
Your Coaching Team
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Video of the Month: Stop searching for your passion
What are you passionate about? You’re told these five words hold the key to a successful career and life purpose. What if it’s the wrong question altogether? This talk turns the ubiquitous “find your passion” message on its ear. Terri Trespicio is a branding strategist who helps visionaries, experts, entrepreneurs, and businesses communicate with power and precision across media platforms. She consults with a wide range of experts, everyone from surgeons and social media celebs to startups and brand managers.   Picture could not be loaded
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You Don’t Find Your Purpose - You Build It
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According to John Coleman, an experienced entrepreneur and author, we’re all looking for purpose. “Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it, or in some way we’re falling short.” However, he believes that there are some fundamental misconceptions in society about purpose. When someone is wondering about how to find one’s purpose, chances are they’re encapsulating at least one of the following misconceptions in their question.

Misconception #1: Purpose is something you find.

Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Coleman calls it the “Hollywood version” of purpose, with examples like Neo in The Matrix or Rey in Star Wars: Regular people, living their monotone life until, suddenly, fate intervenes and provides them with a higher purpose.

It can happen. Scott Harrison of Charity Water found a higher purpose after a period of wandering. But it is rarer than most people think. No matter if you are a college student in your 20s or a 40-year-old in an unfulfilling job, actively looking to find that one purpose of yours is likely to end in frustration.

In order to achieve professional purpose, making one’s work meaningful is as important as taking meaning from it. It is something you build, not something you find. Having this in mind, any work can possess remarkable purpose. As Coleman states, school bus drivers are a good example. They bear enormous responsibility: caring for and keeping safe dozens of children. School bus drivers are an essential part of assuring our children receive the education they need and deserve. Nurses do not just treat people’s medical condition. They have responsibility to guide people through some of life’s most difficult times. “Cashiers can be a friendly, uplifting interaction in someone’s day - often desperately needed - or a forgettable or regrettable one.” But in all these instances, purpose is primarily derived from focusing on the meaningful and purposeful parts of the job. Thus, it is important to do the job in such a way that “meaning is enhanced and takes center stage.”
  No matter if you are an ongoing strategy consultant or a business analyst, there is meaning everywhere as you contribute to progress and make people’s lives better. And the more you focus on the meaningful parts, the more fulfillment you get from it.

Misconception #2: Purpose is a single thing.

Another misconception is that true purpose is considered “a single thing.” Indeed, some people seem to have an overwhelming purpose in their lives, such as Samuel Johnson and his writing, or Marie Curie, who devoted all her energy to her work.

However, even these people had other sources of purpose in their lives. Curie was also a devoted wife and mother, and Johnson, beyond his writing, was known as a great humanitarian who was caring personally for the poor in his community.

Most of us will have multiple sources of purpose in our lives. Coleman finds purpose in his children, his marriage, his faith, his writing, his work, and community. There’s no “one purpose” we can find. If you are looking for a purpose, try looking for multiple ones. “Professional commitments are only one component of this meaning, and often our work isn’t central to our purpose but a means to helping others.”

Misconception #3: Purpose is stable over time.

People often have multiple careers in their lifetimes. A banker might decide to found a startup. An engineer might decide to run for elective office. Most of us will experience personal phases in which our sources of meaning change, be it due to age or certain milestones in our lives, such as becoming parents.

“This evolution in our sources of purpose isn’t flaky or demonstrative of a lack of commitment, but natural and good. Just as we all find meaning in multiple places, the sources of that meaning can and do change over time.”

So, how do you find your purpose? That is not the question you should ask. Rather endow everything you do with purpose, accept the plurality of it and be comfortable with changes over time. Understanding the “non-Hollywood” meaning of purpose can allow us to better recognize its presence and role in our lives.
Original article: https://hbr.org/2017/10/you-dont-find-your-purpose-you-build-it/
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Coach Introduction: Elmar Stork
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Elmar Stork is Head of Product Management Consumer Goods at DB Cargo AG. As an experienced leader, he is certain that continuous self-improvement is important in today’s dynamic business world. Thus, he decided to become a coach, what he believes will make him a better executive through gain of a sustainable self-experience and the ability to receive more information from people’s input. This, as a result, would make it possible for him to provide better, more personalized feedback not only to his coachees, but his employees as well.

He has an MBA degree and lots of intercultural experience, including his cooperation with a French sister company and multiple semesters abroad in France, USA and Spain.
  He states purposefulness as one of his personal core strengths, next to organisation, structure, empathy, strength in implementation and assertiveness. Some of the greater challenges he successfully overcame were his in-service MBA studies as well as compatibility of career and family.

In his free time, Elmar Stork likes playing the guitar, running, body weight training, playing soccer, cider pressing and acting. He is also involved in youth work/summer camp as well as the Alumni clubs at Kuehne School and University of Applied Sciences, Rhein-Main.

Elmar Stork is married and has two children. His favorite quote is the one of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

He is offering coaching sessions in German and English. Though, he is also fluent in French and Spanish, he would prefer German or English for actual coaching. Contact us to book an appointment with him!
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