Rich Habit #16 from the online list is this:

16. Know your main purpose.

Here’s the process the author recommends for discovering one’s true purpose:

1. Make a list of everything you can remember that made you happy.

This would be a very long list. Probably you’re supposed to add to the list over time.

I decided to start with my blog tags.

  • family
  • God, or at least my religious experience
  • music
  • creative work/play: writing, knitting, baking, sewing, making things, web design
  • the beauty of the earth
  • outdoor activity: hiking, camping, swimming, mild stuff like that
  • travel: exploring new places
  • learning
  • teaching
  • interesting conversations
  • the arts
  • work: discovery, accomplishment
  • books
  • math and science
  • creating/enjoying a beautiful home
  • helping people
  • analytics
  • gardening

2. Highlight those items on your list that involve a skill, and identify that skill.

  • music
  • writing
  • learning
  • teaching
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • baking
  • making things
  • web design
  • helping people
  • analytics
  • gardening
  • creating a beautiful home

3. Rank the top 10 highlighted items in the order of joy they bring to you. Whatever makes you happiest of all gets 10 big points.

  • writing
  • learning
  • music
  • analytics
  • teaching
  • helping people
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • baking
  • creating a beautiful home

4. Now rank the top 10 highlighted items in terms of their income potential. The most lucrative skill of all is worth 10 points.

  • writing
  • analytics
  • teaching
  • helping people
  • music
  • knitting
  • sewing
  • baking
  • creating a beautiful home
  • learning

5. Total the two ranked columns. The highest score represents a potential main purpose in your life. Presto!

Writing?

Is that a purpose?

Here’s how I wrote my purpose some years ago:

I gather, analyze,and disseminate information in order to help people reach their goals.

I guess that covers writing, analytics, learning, teaching, and helping people. The other skills on the list are for my own pleasure.