Ping the Universe: Will You?

A friend called me yesterday. He was asked to speak to new hires joining a well-regarded company. His task was to give the “newbies” advice regarding making the most of their careers. He asked me what I would tell them and here is my view:

  • Make sure your work is always at the intersection between what you’re good at, what you like to do, and what the company needs. Being out of balance in one of those will likely conclude poorly.
  • Live the Character Triangle. With all my heart and soul, I believe that connecting and applying the values of accountability, respect, and abundance will allow you to thrive in your career and life. Driving this framework is a lifelong journey for me.
  • Define a higher order purpose that arches over whatever you’re doing in your life at any time. Your purpose goes well beyond making a living or having a career. It is the ping you want leave in the universe. Defining that is important. Regardless of a change in job or results, and there will likely be many, the higher purpose guides you.


Character Move:  Examine where you are against the three point checklist above. How are you doing? Which could you work on?

Leave a ping in the Triangle,


  1. Erin Waddell says:

    Lorne, I was very pleased to see you listed higher order purpose as a means to enhancing one’s career (and life). I’m doing some research in this area in order to develop a process to help people extend their success and realize fulfillment in their life by living their life’s purpose.

    I love Frederick Buechner’s definition ” Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.” and Fred Schoemaker who contends the rewards are immediate “Your goals should give you some satisfaction from the MOMENT that you set them in motion [not some distant point in the future] – that’s one of the tests that let you know they are meaningful to you.”

    I enjoy your writing. Keep going.

    • Lorne says:

      Hi Erin,

      Thank you very much. I’m looking forward to learning more about your research and work on ” purpose” and I really like the definitions . I’m looking forward to staying connected and learning more. My sense is that people need lots of help in defining their life’s purpose.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.


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