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Plan for Serendipity and Then Help Others

The second Network for Meaning gathering, held on May 7th at the Intersections office on 5th Avenue, was one of contradictions. How can we be successful and have meaning and purpose in our work and our life? The answer to that question was provided by our three keynote speakers: Julien Gorden, Rabbi Joshua Stanton and Matuya Brand.

Author and nationally recognized coach Jullien Gordon helped the fifty people who attended the event add a level of intentionality to their lives by learning how to plan based on their values and ideals. His method is simple: Figure out what your “ideal average day” looks like, and then plan it out – every day.   

In contrast to Jullien’s lesson on planning, Rabbi Joshua Stanton focused on serendipity. We can plan all we want, but life’s most important gifts sometimes come from the most unexpected sources. Rabbi Stanton spoke of “unexpected mentors” — those in his life who became critical mentors in his search for meaning and direction in work and life — and then facilitated an exercise where everyone listed the unexpected mentors in their lives.

Plan your ideal day and be open to finding someone who will make a difference in your search for meaning through the serendipity of an unexpected mentor? That may seem contradictory to some, but perhaps the bridge to connect the two was offered by former Lehman Brothers analyst, and now bond trader, Matuya Brand who explained that integrating charity into one’s work can create an ideal day and open doors to truly unexpected mentor opportunities.

The Network for Meaning is a growing group – now more than 100 New York-based professionals seeking meaning while making money. The group is non-denominational and open to professionals of all ages and sectors. Interested in being part of a Network that connects you to others in the work force with similar interests and values, and gives you the opportunity to meet and communicate with one another?

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