Move with Purpose & Go Beyond

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Move with purpose, be intentional. I am constantly telling my boys this each time we prepare to leave the house. They, as I am sure most kids, aren’t that concerned with purpose or intention. But maybe they should be; perhaps we should instill these ideas in our children at a young age. It could help them grow into purposeful, intentional adults instead of those floundering, wondering, searching for purpose and meaning. 


In Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact, DH CEO & Co-founder Jenn Lim talks about the link between individual purpose and true authentic happiness. Jenn has dedicated her life to making happiness a business model around the world. She wrote Beyond Happiness to share her lessons learned on happiness and what’s beyond, pulling from her experiences working with over 350+ organizations worldwide. We can all do the same: No matter what challenges we face, we can find authentic happiness within and spread it to the people on our team and then to our communities at large for a significant positive impact on the world.


Why Beyond Happiness?


The events of 2020+ affected everyone on a global level, one of which we have never seen before. The world slowed down in an instant, we went from full throttle to a complete stop, like someone pulled the emergency brake. This sudden stillness created a space and time in which we could all think, question, and reprioritize our lives and our organizations.  


“People have to first know their personal purpose, then connect it to why they show up at work every day”-Jenn Lim.


The pandemic forced everyone, including organizations, to take a serious look at what is truly important. On an individual level, people began asking ‘what really matters to me and how can I live it each day?” On an organizational level, CEOs, executives, and leaders had to decide what to put first, people or profits. We saw many companies prioritizing the health and wellbeing of their people as the boundaries between work and home were merged. And unfortunately, we saw some companies do the exact opposite. 


So, what does this mean? We can no longer entertain the idea that there is actually a separation between work and home. The things that motivated people before 2020, things like status and money, don’t matter as much now. And the extra time spent at home has reprioritized what people desire most. The time that used to be spent traveling, commuting, or sitting through yet another boring meeting has been replaced with dinner with our partners, reading to our children, or taking a meditative walk through nature. We’ve learned that we can be productive at work and be present in our lives-we can do both if we have organizations that encourage us to do so. 


Control & Change What You Can/Adapt & Embrace What You Can’t 


As a self-aware control freak, I found Jenn’s words on the Adaptive Age and how to successfully navigate it both encouraging and inspiring. The future of work has arrived early, and it brings remote and hybrid work models, new digital and security requirements, and uncertainty. Globally we have been living in uncertainty for nearly two years now. Uncertainty revolving around the pandemic, supply chains, operations, finances, and staffing. How can we best handle the uncertainties that our companies are facing? Control and change what we can and embrace and adapt what we can’t. 


This is about focusing on what we can change, and letting go of the things we can’t-this is what it means to be adaptive. People tend to spend far too much time worrying about things they can’t change (often other people), but we can only change how we respond and react; in other words-embrace and adapt.


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one most adaptable to change”-Charles Darwin.


Orgs That Embraced the Adaptive Age 


Throughout Beyond Happiness, Jenn shares stories of globally recognized brands that transformed their businesses during the pandemic. How did they do this, you ask, by embracing their purpose and doubling down on it. 


These brands include: 

Get your copy of Beyond Happiness to read the full stories about these remarkable, adaptive organizations. 


On a personal level, reading Beyond Happiness led me to discover what was truly important to me. It came to me about a week after I finished the book. I was driving down a curvy back road, with the windows down and the music up. I had no place to be and not a care in the world at that moment. That’s when it hit me; I want the freedom to be entirely in control of my time (a scientific lever of happiness), whether I choose to spend it working at a job that fulfills me or feeling the wind through my hair singing along to the radio. 


So, ask yourself this question “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”-Steve Jobs. 


Your answer will help you become real and resilient with yourself, determine what you’re really working towards, your legacy or your resume, and help you move with purpose, act with intention, and go beyond. 


Get your copy of Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose & Profit for Growth & Impact. Or get books for your entire team

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About the Author

Amanda Marksmeier

Amanda is the Growth Content Driver at DH. She has been writing and creating engaging content for nearly five years. She loves to use words to inspire and connect with people. Amanda thrives on helping and serving others through the power of the written word. She is always on the search for new and inventive ways to reach and educate others.


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