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My Purpose?

I recently polled a few of my readers on the topic of purpose.  The question asked: What is your number one purpose on earth? I received answers regarding Self-discovery, Happiness, Religion, Service, Family, and Environmental.  The interesting part was the large number of emails I received with these responses:

  1. I just don’t know.
  2. After thinking about my first response, I need to change my answer.
  3. I’m not sure if this is really my purpose, but it seems like a good one.

I wonder why we struggle with questions involving our purpose?  Do we need a purpose?  Do we need a reason for our existence?

If we determine that we do in fact need a purpose, let’s hope we pick one we really want.

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? ~ Henry David Thoreau


Your First Day As A Heretic 

In Seth Godin’s book Linchpin, we find out about drawing your own map, about how we should question the rules of the system, about being a heretic.

Standing up for our dignity is tough when we are rewarded otherwise.  Raising your hand to stupidity is hard when you’re concerned about getting all your fingers back.

But there’s a day coming when you will say, “I’ve had enough!”  When that day comes, don’t test the water with a toe-dip.  Make a committed decision to act with confidence.

And since this decision to stand up for yourself may be your last with your company, I say pick something worthy, not a few unauthorized changes to your office décor. 



Is this all there is?

Most of us go through some form of an awakening in the second half of our lives. The goals and desires of the first half just don’t cut it anymore. We need something else, a deeper more purpose-driven set of objectives. 

Unfortunately, most of us choose to just keep on keeping on and try not to think about it too much.

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” ~ William Wallace – Braveheart.