Finding your “why” starts by thinking about what only you can give to the world — what you do that’s unique.
“Just as we need to eat and breathe, we have a need to be fulfilled. To do that, recognize how you uniquely impact the world with your skills and talent and build on that,” Brian explains.
If you’re having trouble identifying your “why,” Brian says, look at the people you admire, identify what you admire about them and match those qualities with aspects you want to express more.
When trying to define his purpose, Sam Islam, who leads four RBC bank branches around Edmonton, thought back to his childhood.
“As a kid, I led a lot of sports teams and brought people together,” he says. “Now, as a Community Manager, I try to do the same by connecting with my team personally and professionally, in addition to coaching and training them. Through connection, the team can feel safe to be themselves and share the good, bad or whatever is on their mind. I’m happiest when we feel and act as a team.”
Brian says that’s the sweet spot – when an employee’s values match the work they’re doing.
“When your beliefs and skills meet your challenges, you feel great and do great,” he says.