Clarity of Purpose is Greatly Overrated


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Many will tell you that clarity of purpose is all important.

Your purpose is what you are here to do

If you are clear about your purpose then you can structure your:

to help you achieve that purpose.

If you are clear about your purpose then you can get your ducks in a row, but if you aren’t…

Then you can’t.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go” said the Cat.

“So long as I get somewhere” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough”

But clarity of purpose isn’t nearly enough

Different people have very different purposes:

Many are here to do something for themselves:

  • Their purpose is to create a centre of excellence
  • Their purpose is to become the preeminent consumer bank
  • Their purpose is to become a multimillionaire

A few are here to do something for others:

Not all purposes are created equal

If your purpose is to help others, then the others will welcome you in, they will help you achieve your purpose.

If your purpose is to help yourself, then the others will think you are a selfish fool.

They might be right.

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want. ~ Zig Ziglar

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James Lawther
James Lawther is a middle-aged middle manager. To reach this highly elevated position he has worked for many organisations, from supermarkets to tax collectors and has had multiple roles from running a night shift to doing operational research. He gets upset by operations that don't work and mildly apoplectic about poor customer service.


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