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How To Wander With Purpose

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The slides from my session at Planning-ness 2010 in Denver. The talk covered the path my life has taken since leaving my job a year ago to venture out on my own and find a life beyond my career in planning and advertising and how some of that relates to a new direction for brands and such. One of the best things that happened to me in this time was reading Donald Miller's book, "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" and attending the conference associated with it. Much of the presentation was based on these. If anyone wants to chat about this, I'd be happy to share more. - Paul

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  • This is a powerful way to think about the concept of 'purpose.' The companies in greatest need of a compelling 'story' are professional service firms -- like agencies. They understand 'what' they do, but haven't stopped to consider 'why.' Paul's insights are right on.
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  • There have been moments when I am reminded of the expression…be careful what you wish for. I ised to be a man with a plan…but more interesting things have happened when I enjoyed happy accidents and made the most of opportunities that I was simply open to and ready for (not advocating for a lack of preparedness). Thought provoking ideas…thanks.
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  • Sorry - I just appear to have left a weird comment. It was meant to be my 'tag' when I favourited it. But hey. Great presentation. I've been thinking about knowledge recently and the idea that I certainly find myself wandering but with purpose rings true for me. I also love the text design - didn't think it would work - but it definitely does.
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How To Wander With Purpose

  1. how to wander with purpose
  2. paulisakson.com @paulisakson
  3. passion & frustration
  4. “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson
  5. things change too quickly now to have long-term plans.
  6. we have little, to no control over what happens next.
  7. we have no idea what new piece of technology might launch that could change everything.
  8. it’s better to have a bigger purpose and some firm beliefs to guide you, than it is to have a plan.
  9. my purpose & beliefs: 1) make things better 2) do Good 3) work hard
  10. "I don’t have this huge, overarching plan. I don’t know what I’m gonna wake up and feel like doing tomorrow, let alone five years down the line. I think that’s enabled me to get to where I am. I certainly go after what I want. But I just have detached amusement about a lot of it. Because it’s silly. This job is ridiculous." - Jon Hamm Jon Hamm:The Last Alpha Male, Details Magazine, October 2010
  11. If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on and think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  12. a story is a character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  13. a great story is when the character’s ambition is selfless and the conflict is immense. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  14. most of our stories right now are crap.
  15. the good news is that we can write better stories.
  16. looking at life as a story...
  17. a character is what a character does. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  18. start small. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  19. start saying yes more. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  20. embrace conflict. the greater the conflict, the greater the story. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, Donald Miller, 2009
  21. create an inciting incident. Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  22. where you do what you do matters a lot. Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  23. do something to move your story forward every day. Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  24. cut out the things that don’t move your story forward. Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  25. decide to be awesome, no matter what happens. Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  26. at any given time, we can have up to four or five stories running in our lives. Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  27. my stories: 1. live life fully 2. make things better 3. help end hunger in Minnesota 4. write a book 5. learn to cook amazing meals
  28. creating better personal stories
  29. what kind of stories do you want to tell or join? a love story? an adventure story? a story about overcoming adversity? something else? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  30. what kind of stories do you want to tell or join? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  31. for each story
  32. what do you want? or... what is the primary ambition of your story? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  33. what is the elevator pitch of your story? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  34. what will the final scenes look like? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  35. what conflict(s) are standing in your way to doing that? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  36. what can you do to start fighting it/them? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  37. who can help you fight it/them? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  38. how, and with whom, will you celebrate your story being told once completed? Storyline Conference, Donald Miller, September 2010 : www.thestorylineconference.com
  39. paulisakson.com @paulisakson

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