Jack “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Canfield interviews Patrice Tanaka
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet, is interviewed by best-selling author Jack Canfield, of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, about life and business purpose and how actively living both have the power to unleash greater success, fulfillment and joy and, importantly, contribute to a more joyful planet.
Patrice Tanaka on “the power of a succinctly stated life purpose”
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet, says that knowing your purpose is like having your own personal North Star, helping you navigate the challenges of life. In the absence of knowing your life purpose, sometimes we make decisions based on the choices available to us, sometimes neither or none of which we really want. If we continue to make life decisions this way, we can end up somewhat to greatly unfulfilled because of the choices we’ve made.
Patrice Tanaka on “fewer than 20 percent of leaders know their purpose”
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet, says that less than one in five leaders know their life purpose and even fewer can distill their purpose into a concrete statement. She says that experts believe if they discovered and articulated their purpose, it is the single most important developmental task they could undertake as leaders for themselves and their organizations.
Patrice Tanaka on “purpose as the driving force of our economy”
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet, says that we are living in a “purpose economy” and that “purpose” is the driving force of this economy. It’s the reason that so many organizations today are communicating their business purpose beyond the more traditional “vision, mission and values.” She says smart, progressive organizations are going beyond this to communicate how they contribute to society via their business purpose.
Patrice Tanaka on “the two most important days of our life”
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet, says that Mark Twain once famously said that the two most important days of our lives are the day we are born and the day we find out “why.” She says a life purpose is the “why” we are born. And that our “why” is much more than just becoming successful, making a lot of money and taking care of “me and my family only.” Our “why” is recognizing that we are all connected to one another and that by serving others, we are ultimately serving ourselves.
Patrice Tanaka on “creating a joyful planet”
Patrice Tanaka, Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet, talks about how we can contribute to creating a more joyful planet. She says that discovering and articulating our purpose is the single more efficient and powerful thing we can do to unleash greater success and joy in our lives, in our workplaces and in our communities. Tanaka explains that if everyone was living their life purpose and leveraging their greatest talent, expertise and passion in service of other people and our planet that is how, together, we can create a more joyful planet.