Removing Uncertainty and Discovering Your Life’s Purpose


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The vast majority of individuals are uncertain as to what they should do with their lives. Consequently, they rely on the advise of their inner circle (family, friends, etc.) in selecting their line of work.

This is a common mistake and the reason so many are unhappy with their work lives.

When you choose a career path this way, you are essentially putting your ladder on someone else’s wall and climbing that ladder for the rest of your working life.

Most people do not take the time to figure out the correct path they should take in life. The correct path is almost always doing something that exploits one or more of your innate strengths.

Everyone is born with certain innate strengths. An innate strength is any activity that simply comes easier to you than others. It is something that gives you a sense of joy, happiness or fulfillment when you are doing it. It is any activity in which time seems to fly by, meaning it puts you into a state of flow.

The key, therefore, to finding your path in life, is to uncover your innate strengths.

Finding your innate strengths involves a specific process.


  1. Make a list of activities that made you feel happy – Go back in time and think about any activity that you really enjoyed doing.
  2. Identify each activity that required some type of skill – just put an “S” next to it.
  3. To the best of your ability, identify what that skill is. Examples:
    • You enjoy socializing and are very good at it, meaning you can walk into a room of strangers and strike up conversations = potential Sales Skills.
    • You enjoyed playing team sports = potential Team Skills (Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Auditing).
    • You like doing research = potential Research Skills (Science, Tax Law).

When you are able to gain clarity on exactly what you should be doing with your life, an overpowering sense of happiness and calm will flow through you. It’s as if the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders.

Knowing exactly what you should be doing for a living requires understanding what innate strengths you possess. Once you identify those strengths and can translate them into real-world vocations, this gives you clarity. Clarity allows you to define the exact path you should take in life.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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