What Makes You Happy?

During these past few months of quarantine, I found something new that I enjoy doing; reading. Obviously, I don’t read all the time, however at times, reading about people’s lives, experiences or stories are ones that I find most interesting. I came across a book called, “The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life” by Mike Steib. It caught my eye from the moment I first saw it. It’s a book with the motive of guiding readers to determine the purpose of their careers and impacts that they can have by sharing his own experiences and advice. 

The first part of the book is discovering yourself and purpose. The Career Manifesto is about the most important and interesting topic in the world: you. That’s probably the sole reason why purpose is the first section of the book. 
The first exercise is the “Impact Map 1”. Put your name in the center of a piece of paper, then draw arrows from your name to something that is important to you right now, for instance, your family or your career. Under each category, list down the impacts you can have on them. For example, you can write, “I want to motivate people who read my book.” in the career category. 
The second exercise is the “Impact Map 2”. Imagine 10 to 20 years from now and write the success you could achieve, if you stay in the path, according to your first impact map. It could be, you, becoming a very well-known author or countless peoples’ appreciation sent to your door every single day. 
The third exercise is the “Impact map 3”. This exercise is a little different from the previous ones. This time, forget about the past two steps you did and draw a completely different path you would want to take, particularly, you might be a businessman/businesswoman, instead of an author or a manager. Think of the impacts you could have. Compare and observe which impact map you would prefer. 
The last exercise is the “Happiness Matrix”. This is my favorite exercise. There are four different categories consisting of family, work, community and extracurricular. In each category, you need to list down three things: things you truly enjoy or would truly enjoy doing, things I hate and things it would be difficult to live without. For example in the extracurricular category, I would write down that I would love to play/compete in a lot of sports in the things I truly enjoy or write down that I hate having too much on my schedule and it would be difficult to not travel at all. 
Sometimes you are too busy worrying about your work, your family or your surroundings that you forget about yourself or sometimes lose yourself or purpose. These three activities are all self-awareness related exercises, which help you discover yourself even more. During hard times like this, it’s the perfect time to get to know yourself more. Stay safe.

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