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EP 183: How to Find Your Purpose with Jackie Koch

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A behind the scenes look at how Jackie Koch, founder of People Princles left the corporate HR world to start her own hiring firm.   

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Finding Your Purpose: A Guide for the Unfulfilled Professional

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, finding and maintaining a sense of purpose can often feel like a daunting, if not impossible, task. Many professionals navigate their careers in search of fulfillment, hoping to stumble upon that magic formula that aligns passion with profit. Episode 183 of our podcast, "How to Find Your Purpose: A Guide for the Unfulfilled Professional," dives deep into this quest for meaning. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you discover and harness your purpose in the business world.

Recognize the Signs of Being Unfulfilled

Understanding that you are unfulfilled is the first step towards change. Feelings of stagnation, lack of motivation, and constant dissatisfaction with your work are clear indicators. Instead of brushing these feelings aside, use them as a catalyst for self-exploration.

Reflect on Past Experiences

Take a moment to look back on your career and identify the moments when you felt most alive and engaged. These could be projects where you were in your element, tasks that didn’t feel like work, or roles that brought you immense satisfaction. By analyzing these experiences, you can uncover patterns and clues about what truly resonates with you.

Identify Your Values

Your values are the core principles that guide your decisions and behaviors. They are crucial in helping you find a path that not only fulfills you but also aligns with your beliefs. Sit down and list your top values—whether it’s innovation, integrity, creativity, or freedom. Knowing your values will provide a compass for your career journey.

Seek Feedback

Sometimes we are blind to our own strengths and passions. Reach out to trusted colleagues, mentors, or friends and ask them what they see as your strengths and areas where you shine. You might be surprised at the insights they can provide, helping you see yourself from a different perspective.

Experiment and Take Risks

Discovering your purpose often involves a bit of trial and error. Don't be afraid to take risks and try new things. Whether it’s taking on a new project, exploring a different industry, or even starting a side hustle—these experiences can provide valuable insights into what drives you.

Leverage Tools and Resources

In Episode 183, Jackie Koch shares invaluable advice and tools to aid in the journey of finding your purpose. From setting up HR foundations in startups to using automation and tools effectively, there is a wealth of wisdom to tap into. One particular resource is Jackie's "The Interview Playbook," a free PDF to streamline hiring processes, which can be incredibly beneficial for entrepreneurs looking to build a meaningful team.

Embrace the Journey, Not Just the Destination

Finding your purpose is not a one-time event; it’s an ongoing journey. Embrace the process with an open mind and be patient with yourself. Each step forward, each new experience, brings you closer to a life and career filled with purpose and fulfillment.

Stay Inspired

To remain motivated on this journey, surround yourself with stories and people that inspire you. The B-Word podcast is one such source, delivering incredible entrepreneurial journeys and practical advice to keep you moving forward.

Share and Connect

Finally, don't underestimate the power of community. Sharing your experiences and learning from others can provide support and insights that are invaluable. The episode concludes with a call to action—to share the podcast with a friend—emphasizing the importance of spreading knowledge and supporting each other in the quest for fulfillment.

Remember, as Jackie and Jo explore in our latest episode, finding your purpose is a blend of introspection, exploration, and real-world experimentation. Take the leap, stay curious, and most importantly, enjoy the journey toward a more fulfilling professional life.

Tune in to Episode 183 of The B-Word for more insights and practical advice on finding your purpose and achieving fulfillment in your professional life!


For more resources, don’t forget to text "interview" to 678-736-8055 to receive your free copy of “The Interview Playbook.” Share your success stories and let us know how you’re finding your purpose in the comments below.

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