Do you have any clue what you want to do with your life?
I’m one typically disoriented person who needs Google for finding his life purpose. Tell me if it’s ironic.
And one of those searches took me to a TEDx Talk by Adam Leipzig, titled “How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes.” And it was a ten minutes video.
After watching it, I ended up being more confused.
Instead of telling me my life purpose, Adam made me answer these five questions,
- Who you are?
- What do you do? Rather, what do you love to do?
- Who do you do it for?
- What do these people want or need?
- How do they change as a result of what you give them?
This sounds useful if you’re into some kind of a lifesaving, world-changing passion. But I had very boring (or different) answers to those questions.
Who am I? I’m a mid-career journalist who dreams of having all the time for reading, writing, watching movies, travelling, and having life.
What do I love to do? Haven’t I answered it already; I want to have all the time for reading, writing, watching movies, travelling, and having life.
Who do I do it for? Off course MY OWN SELF.
What do these people want or need? That question gets irrelevant, NO?
How do I change as a result of what I give myself? I think that will give me self-satisfaction, contentment, peace, and hope.
After having answered all five questions, I was as clueless about the purpose as I was before. Then another Google search for finding purpose took me to Mark Manson. I had an understanding that purpose has to do with something you’re passionate about. But my passions aren’t economically viable. They do not generate any earning. Can one’s passion be one’s purpose even if it doesn’t earn any income?
Mark attached a new meaning to it. He says he was passionate about playing video games but then realized that his passion was for improvement. He wanted to be good at something, it was the competition that drove him, and that the video games were cool but he could easily live without them.
So he applied that obsession for improvement and self-competition to an internet business and to his writing.
His advice for finding purpose – don’t just look at the activities that keep you up all night, but look at the cognitive principles behind those activities that enthrall you. And then apply these principles elsewhere.
Does that mean I would have to readdress the concept of “life purpose” itself? Does that mean my Google search query would read, how to know concept of your life purpose.
Aargh! Haven’t I got myself into a more complex situation?
The quest is on, join in and help me find a purpose (or a concept of purpose).