PPB September 2022

my children as it is doing things for them. Being present in a conversation, for example, will lead to more purposeful parenting than reaching into my pockets. The same is true in business. If you want to build a meaningful career that will stretch far into the future, you’ll need to flip the script and look inward before you turn outward. Start with being. This is about getting quiet and assessing: Who am I as a being? What does it feel like to be me in the micro moments of life? What is left when you strip away the titles and social constructs that define my understanding of myself? Be together. Embed yourself in a circle of friends and family who get you, celebrate you, and honor your journey. So often we fail to stop and acknowledge the sweetness of simply spending time with others who lift us up and enrich our lives. Who you decide to be with on a regular basis will shape you to your core, so seek other people who want to be more and do less. Be open. When it comes to living with purpose, you need a full orchestra of feedback. It’s not all about meditation and collaboration. You’ll also want to find “no” people who will push against the grain, go the opposite way and stretch your thinking. Be open to the feedback that doesn’t make you feel good, but it will make you better. These relationships are priceless. Fulfilling your purpose isn’t about crafting the perfect sentence that reflects your values or goals. It’s about getting connected to what is truly meaningful to you and letting that guide everything you do. Seek being before doing—not the other way around. Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in hospitality. The former sales director for Disney Institute, he is a prolific author and hall of fame keynote speaker. Learn more at SimonTBailey.com. Be Present In June’s SAGE product searches, coloring books spiked 71% month-over-month, the largest gain of any product category. These products aren’t just for kids anymore: Adult coloring book users report feelings of calm when keeping it between the between the lines. Would any of your clients enjoy being associated with feelings of order, creativity and peace? Hues of Happiness Flowers Adult Coloring Book Koozie Group / PPAI 114187, S13 / www.kooziegroup.com | SEPTEMBER 2022 | 79 THINK