I switched on Radio 4 this morning and caught the latter part of their Desert Island Discs programme. Successful perfume entrepreneur, Jo Malone, was being interviewed and talked about her struggle with cancer along with the decision to leave cosmetics giant, Estee Lauder – a move which meant signing a clause to stay away from creating fragrances for the next five years.
She went on to describe a difficult phase in her life, sometime into these years, which stood out from everything else she’d just been saying:
“I was miserable because I had no purpose.”
Malone summed up an issue that affects everyone, not only budding business moguls: that when we’re aimless in life, with nothing to pour ourselves into, we may easily start to wallow in misery.
She then emphasised another crucial part of pursuing goals and finding purpose:
“You need to fail as well as succeed.”
In taking up the challenge to find our purpose, it’s inevitable that they’ll be elements of risk and failures – and yet, these are crucial stepping stones to success – and should not deter us from pursuing the roles or passions that we feel compelled towards.
What an inspiration! You can listen to the programme here: BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs/ Jo Malone
For further thoughts on finding your purpose in life (within a Christian faith-based context), check out Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life.