Purpose: Choosing Authenticity


I joined Scholars to gain insight into AND FIX a challenge I am having (and have had for years) with defining my purpose. For many years I was a business law partner in an international law firm. I burned out of that job and quit in order to have a “Chapter 2” career free of the politics, gender bias and unrelenting production pressure of Big Law. Certain I didn’t want to join another large law firm, I tried many things after I quit in the hopes of identifying something I authentically enjoyed. Included were co-founding a cognitive behavioral therapy company, investing as an Angel in a number of businesses (and helping them), joining an organization that invests in women led businesses and doing volunteer work that I wasn’t able to do when I was in private practice. I also continued to practice law for clients I knew. I also took countless programs and read even more books about creating a Chapter 2 business life. I have always been the kind of person that does the hardest thing rather than the best thing for me. At this stage in my life, it is very important to be authentic. My belief is that is the only way I will have the motivation to take on the hard parts of moving ahead. The purpose I wrote for Week 1 homework is “I solve problems in the private equity space.” Before I invest a lot of time and energy, is there a way of testing myself to see if I really mean it? I’m a pretty accomplished amateur chef; the way I buffer is to cook.