Sharing your thoughts on purpose

I’m always so grateful when people reach out to me and share their thoughts on important issues like purpose, finding meaning and living more sustainability. Over the last few months, I’ve been reading so many insightful comments on my on social media posts that cover a whole range of topics – please keep them coming!

Life is more fulfilling when you surround yourself with people who bring different ideas to the table and I always try to take their wisdom on-board. I love learning from other people’s experiences and passing on those learnings is what this blog is all about.

Holly and Richard Branson at Fast Track 100 2019

After sharing tips from a panel of responsible business leaders and re-visiting the purpose pointers  we wrote about in WEconomy, I received some great feedback from you all on social media.

I was so inspired after reading the comment sections of my posts and I wanted to use this platform to share some of my favourite quotes and insights! Read on for some great 'purpose pointers' from my social media followers. 

Holly Branson Mustard Seed Roundtable panel discussion
  • “I believe that the purpose of life is a life of purpose and, similarly, the purpose of business is a business of purpose. Money for a business is what fuel is to a car. It helps us to get from A to B but we don't buy a car to make fuel. We must understand the destination, cause or vision we are working towards. Our value is judged by how much we have given to the world, rather than how much we have taken from it.”
  • “Keep learning – never get lost in one view.”
  • “Consult with each and every team member when it comes to decision-making. This will help create an authentic dialogue about who you are as a business and your purpose.”
holly_branson_weconomy1_Virgin team
  • “Don’t short-change your mission for profits.”
  • “Your supply chain is hugely important. Big businesses are often so focused on profit that they compromise worker safety, environmental issues and use substandard materials. If possible, choose smaller, family-run production facilities and eco-certified components. You may take a small hit on costs, but it doesn’t cost the Earth.
  • “Focus outward and use compassion as your stand-point.”
Virgin Strive Challenge_2016_training weekend_RB_Holly_Sam
  • “Surround yourself with like-minded people who share your vision.”
  • “When purpose of the business is aligned with the personal goals of employees, that’s when the magic happens.”

As the connection between people, profit and planet becomes increasingly impactful – the need for businesses to find meaning and act responsibly is increasingly important. With this in mind, it’s great to see the discussion evolving about how we can use business as a force for good and use it to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. Thanks to all of you for sharing your insight and keeping this important conversation growing.

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