We don't turn into a different person the second we walk through the door at night. Learn how to live your life on purpose and talk about it with your family and friends. Lisa McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod explain how to talk about your work with family, fr
- The difference between someone who hates their job and someone who is truly engaged is really obvious. And it's not just obvious when they're at work. - So, when Lisa was first working on Selling With Noble Purpose several years ago, and building out this consulting firm, I was working at an ad agency and I was living with six roommates in one house and a lot of us were in our first job. And it became increasingly obvious which of my roommates loved work and which felt purpose and which ones of my roommates were just kinda sluggin' it out.
And the more time went on, the more I got to thinking, you know, my mom might be onto something here. - You think? (laughter) You know, when I think about the impact that purpose at work has on the rest of your life, I always think about Ashley Jean. She works in sales for G Adventures and she is super clear about how purpose can effect the way you interact with your friends and your family. So Ashley, you are just such a delight and I'm so excited that you're with us because over the years the way you infuse your life with purpose has been really exciting for us to watch.
So that's the first question that I wanna ask you, how did you use this sense of purpose at work to animate the rest of your life? - Well, for me, Lisa, honestly it sort of happened to me in a way that I wasn't really expecting. Growing up I wasn't sort of focused on this, I have to find my purpose, I have to find my passion. For me it was more about what I didn't want in my life, and for me it was seeing so many people unhappy at their jobs, unhappy with their daily life, wishing their weeks away, or hoping for the weekend.
All of those things I saw as something I didn't want for my life. And at the time, I didn't really know that you could have a life that wasn't filled with that. So for me growing up, and it was like, okay, well I have to follow this certain set of rules for life and I didn't want that. And I kept thinking okay, well maybe I'm just always a rebel with a cause and I don't wanna follow the same sort of path as everyone else. But all I knew was I didn't want that. And I didn't necessarily know what I did want. But what I did want was a life full of passion and happiness and purpose and I wanted to get up every single day and be excited about work, whether that was a Monday or a Friday.
And for me, you know, travel has given me that and I know for some people, they'll say, "Oh, you know, well, you work in the travel industry, it's easy for you to be passionate." And honestly that's not true. I meet people every day of their life that maybe are doing the mundane things that are passionate about their job and it's really just about finding, for me, what I enjoy doing, what energizes me every day and what really gets me out of bed with a smile on my face, which is what I'm doing now and I'm so lucky for that. - So Ashley, how do you talk about having a sense of purpose? You mentioned you know a lot of people slugging it out.
- Yeah, I mean, for me sometimes I find that a bit hard because you don't wanna come across as someone that's boasting about having purpose, like, oh, look at all the purpose I have, you know? So for me it's more of an encouraging thing. Like I wanna inspire other people through my actions. So, for me it's all about living my life with purpose, passion and showing people that it can be done and really it's just all about following what alights your soul. And I know that might sound a bit wishy washy, but it's so true. As like for me, I find it easy to talk about what I love, I'm lucky that my job is what I love to do and so I find it easy to talk about that sort of thing and just through that and through living a life of purpose I think that can inspire other people.
So it doesn't have to be so much a thing of, well, you should have more purpose, you should have more passion and where's your happiness? It's more about, look at the way that I've aligned my life and my values and hopefully I can inspire other people through that to do the same. I'm always an ear to listen to with my friends and family and I always try to be that uplifting, encouraging voice. So if someone is having a rough day or if they're having a rough situation in their life, I try to be that uplifting voice, showing them, well, you can always take sort of a positive way with that.
So, for me, talking about passion and purposeness is more about just living it and not so much about preaching it. - So Ashley, you are so right. Purpose is contagious. Keep living it, girlfriend. - So good to see you and good luck on your next adventure. - Great, thank you so much Elizabeth and Lisa. I really appreciate you having me on today and I hope that we can together encourage people to find more passion, purpose and happiness in their everyday life. - So, Ashley is clearly fired up about purpose and she talks about it so authentically.
- And when you talk about your purpose, it's not boasting like she said, it's inviting other people to see the world differently. - Be authentic, you don't have to act like you're saving the entire world-- - [Elizabeth] Right. - [Lisa] But you are changing one part of it. And modeling that calls the world around you to do the same. - The language you use in your head and the language you use with the people around you, be them customers, co-workers, family, whatever, that creates your reality.
Reality's always rooted in what we say. So I think what Ashley touched on is choosing what you say really carefully. - 'Cause you know, emotions are contagious. The happier you are, the more you talk about meaning and purpose, the more that happiness, meaning and purpose will radiate out onto the other areas of your life and to the other people in your life.
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