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The Joy of Living: Navigating Life’s Purpose with Ken Coleman

In this captivating episode of “The Joy of Living,” join host Barry Shore in a thought-provoking conversation with guest Ken Coleman. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the innate desire within each individual to make a meaningful contribution and find purpose in life.

Barry and Ken delve into the undeniable longing to make a difference in the world, discussing how this innate craving to help others persists despite the confusion and uncertainty that may surround our life’s direction. They reflect on the soul-level drive to contribute and acknowledge the inherent understanding within us to make choices and actively engage in meaningful work.

Drawing upon Ken’s expertise, the episode explores a unique process that helps individuals discover their uniqueness and identify their strengths. They delve into the transformative power of understanding oneself and how it leads to a clearer sense of purpose and direction. From raw talent to honed skills through education and experience, they highlight the journey of personal growth and self-development.

Do what you were born to do.

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[9.40] Work

In this segment, we explore the changing dynamics of work and leadership, and the emerging trends that are reshaping the workplace.

  • The traditional relationship of tension between leaders is undergoing a transformation.
  • When leadership is executed effectively, it results in a thriving and productive team.
  • Many individuals experience a certain level of apprehension about their bosses and how they will manage their teams.
  • Increasingly, people are becoming less tolerant of poor leadership and are no longer willing to endure it.
  • This shift has created an intriguing tension within the workplace, where existing tensions are now being heightened.
  • The hybrid work model, combining remote and in-person work, has gained immense popularity and has become prevalent.
  • In the United States, experiments with a four-day work week have seen significant interest and testing.
  • The traditional 40-hour work week is being challenged, as the focus shifts towards achieving results rather than simply putting in time.

[15.44] You are your own boss

In this segment, we delve into the concept of individuals adopting a mindset of being their own boss and the implications it has on work dynamics.

  • The argument can be made that collaboration yields better results.
  • Hybrid work models have gained acceptance and are becoming more prominent.
  • Some leaders believe that these models will place a greater emphasis on leadership skills. The Monday morning dread often associated with work can be alleviated by embracing the mentality of being one’s own boss.
  • Adopting this mindset is fundamentally rooted in personal integrity.
  • There was once a character trait associated with work where individuals took ownership and responsibility.
  • Even though there may be a hierarchical structure with a boss, the idea is to approach work with a sense of self-motivation.
  • This mentality reflects a proactive approach, not waiting for instructions but taking initiative as if one owned the place.
  • It entails a higher level of care and pride in the quality of work, which is often lacking in today’s workforce.
  • For many individuals, the prevailing mindset is focused on personal gain, with the question being, “What are you doing for me?”

[24.59] Leadership

In this segment, we explore the essence of leadership and its core responsibilities in supporting and serving people.

  • Contrary to popular belief, the primary role of a leader is not solely about being a grand visionary figure.
  • While vision is important, it takes a secondary position to the fundamental function of a leader, which is to provide people with the necessary resources they need.
  • Serving people becomes the focal point of effective leadership.
  • A leader’s job also involves developing a deep understanding of their team members.
  • Leaders should actively inquire, “What can I do to help you succeed in your role?”
  • People find it challenging to answer this question honestly and openly if they do not trust their leader.
  • Effective leaders need to prioritize building trust with their team members.
  • Being an effective communicator is a crucial trait for a leader, and it is not necessary to possess eloquence or grandeur in speech.
  • The essence of leadership lies in serving others, understanding their needs, and fostering an environment of trust and open communication.

[28.33] Lacking leadership

In this segment, we discuss the prevailing lack of effective leadership and its impact on employee engagement and societal divisions.

  • The statistics within the business community paint a stark picture: 68 percent of people are currently disengaged at work.
  • Leaders bear responsibility for this lack of engagement, as they are often the reason why individuals feel disconnected.
  • The traditional concept of leadership often implies a positional meaning, where individuals follow instructions or simply do as they are told.
  • Many people feel unseen and unheard in their work environments, which contributes to disengagement.
  • Both sides of the aisle in the political landscape have leaders entangled in significant corruption issues, further eroding trust in leadership.
  • The media’s voices often contribute to the division and polarization in society.
  • It is important to recognize that true leadership differs from mere gamesmanship or political maneuvering.
  • There is a deep yearning for authentic leadership—individuals who prioritize a mission or cause above their personal interests.
  • Society craves leaders, both men and women, who embody integrity and are willing to put the collective mission ahead of their own agendas.

[33.12] Absenteeism

In this segment, we explore the issue of absenteeism in the workplace and the importance of personal goals, discipline, and integrity. 

  • The bar for expectations in the workplace has significantly lowered.
  • Many individuals are demanding raises and promotions without necessarily earning them.
  • A prevalent attitude of constant griping and complaining exists among people.
  • Those who possess real goals and discipline stand out from the crowd.
  • Being driven by clear goals provides a sense of direction and purpose.
  • Integrity plays a crucial role, ensuring that one’s commitments and decisions align with their values.
  •  It is essential to uphold one’s word and follow through on commitments.
  • By embodying these qualities and demonstrating consistent behavior, individuals can separate themselves from the crowd and stand out as reliable and dependable contributors in the workplace.

[44.16] Contribution

In this segment, we delve into the innate desire within individuals to make a meaningful contribution and the elements that facilitate discovering one’s unique purpose.

  • There is a belief that every individual is created with the purpose of making a contribution.
  • Deep within us, there exists an undeniable longing to make a difference in the world.
  • Despite the confusion some people may feel about their life’s direction, there is a common answer when asked what they truly want to do: “I want to help people.”
  • This desire to contribute persists regardless of the challenges and circumstances we face.
  • Even toddlers inherently understand the concept of saying “no,” suggesting that within us lies an inherent understanding of the need to make choices and contribute.
  •  It is crucial to acknowledge this soul-level craving to contribute and make a difference.
  • A process has been developed to help individuals recognize their uniqueness and identify their strengths.
  • When we truly understand who we are, we gain clarity on what we are good at doing.
  • Raw talent can be refined through education and experience, honing it into a sharpened tool.
  • Passion for the work itself is a crucial element, where individuals find joy and fulfillment in the tasks they perform.
  • Finally, a sense of mission plays a significant role, driving individuals to create tangible results that align with their purpose and values.

What’s your most fervent desire?

To be the best husband and dad that I can possibly be.

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About Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman is the nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show and #1 national best-selling author. He has been featured in Forbes, appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, and the Rachel Ray Show. Since 2014, he has served at Ramsey Solutions, where he offers expert advice to help thousands of people every day discover what they were meant to do and how to land their dream job.