Sep 19, 2017
Julie Bauke doesn't
mince words when it comes to having purpose at work. Her book is
Stop Peeing on Your Shoes, and in it she talks about
the seven mistakes that will screw up your job search. The title
sounds like just another career advice book, but as it turns out,
Julie communicates so much more than just how to land a job. She
and Kevin discuss how your purpose should drive your work, and how
to find purpose IN your work.
- Julie is the Chief Career Happiness Officer… not just of her
own job, but of the universe. She believes it's possible for
anyone. She talks about how many people have high degrees of career
happiness, a shocking number, and she talks about what career
happiness is. The simplicity of it might shock you.
- Julie digs into each of the four criteria in the Career
Happiness Formula that lead to career happiness. She also talks
about the correlation between purpose and happiness, and what
happens when people's focus isn't on the actuality of purpose, the
metrics, the meaning.
- Leadership is essential – you don't leave a job; you leave a
boss. Julie and Kevin discuss some of the other reasons your job
might not be right for you, and how your sense of purpose might be
withering where you are. Have you ever said something like 'I don't
know what I want to do, but I know I don't want to do
- You can't always jump from where you are to where you want to
be. Often it happens in a series of steps toward that goal. When
you're looking for purpose at work, one of the best things you can
do is look for that next step when the big leap isn't available
- Every 'yes' you've committed yourself to is also saying 'no' to
something else. You must cultivate the ability to say no to things
that aren't in line with your purpose and goals, so that when the
opportunity you want comes along, you have enough room for a big
- Career success and career happiness don't always correlate.
Julie goes into insightful detail on the trappings of money and
titles, lifestyles, and how difficult it can be to walk away from
it. You have to ask yourself: is appearing happy more important
than being happy?
- Purpose at work isn't always exactly what you think. Perhaps
your work is a means to an end: it gives you the paycheck you need
to pursue your purpose in your free time. That's not something to
discount; it's just as valid as intertwining your purpose with your
- Julie lost her husband 9 months ago. She talks about the way
she dealt with the loss. Like everyone else, she grieved. It was
hard to move on. Learn how Julie did it, and what motivated her to
If you feel like you don't have purpose at work, or you want to
clarify your purpose at work, we have a free 5-day email course you
can take with daily challenges and action steps to help bring the
meaning you are meant to have into your everyday. Go to kevindmonroe.com/workpurpose.