Creating SPARX of Purpose in your Career

By Andrew Ripley, Co-Founder of PurposeMatch

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It’s a universal question – what is my purpose?  How do I live a life of purpose?  And since we spend most of our lives working, how do we find purpose and meaning in our careers?

This is at the heart of and our SPARX discovery process.  SPARX is an acronoym for your Strengths, Passions, Awareness (of the impact you want to make in the world) and your Relationship style.  This intersects at the “X section” where something magical happens, and you create “SPARX of Purpose.”

Put another way, when you’re doing something you’re good at (strengths), and it’s something you love (passions), while impacting an important need in the world (awareness), around people who bring out the best in you (relationships), you’re creating “SPARX of Purpose.”

We believe that purpose is not necessarily one thing that you’re supposed to do with your life, but rather a lifelong path of living out your purpose in many different ways.  This can look different at different stages of life, whether you're a student, young professional, or approaching retirement.  At every point in life, there are opportunities to live your purpose and make an impact on the world.  What does it mean to live a life of purpose for you?