Purpose

We all need a sense of purpose to our lives. Not a ‘why we are all here’ philosophical or religious purpose, necessarily, but a more practical or psychological ‘reason for doing things’ purpose.

There is a wealth of literature and a long list of famous names all underlining the importance of purpose.

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Our purpose gives us a goal and a sense of direction.

“The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” Thomas Carlyle

Whether it is a major, newsworthy challenge, or something smaller, more modest, it is about finding our role in making the world a better place.

There are variations on this diagram, but we want to find something the world needs, something we can be passionate about and something that fits our skill set.

We can play a leading role or a supporting role, but we need to find some way of making our contribution.

Unfortunately, the world seems to need a lot of accountants, and, no offence to accountants, but that is not something most of us can feel very passionate about, so some compromise might be necessary … But as long as we find something where feel we are adding real value, then there is potential for development and reward.

It is in following our purpose that we build our self-esteem.

Published by Peter Runkel

Being quite reserved, I have always been interested in those people at the other end of the spectrum - the ones with an unswerving self-belief, sometimes apparently quite out of proportion to their abilities. I wanted to be like them - their lives seemed so much easier by comparison. Now, having thought about it, I’m not so sure I do. I think they have also got it wrong, just in the equal and opposite way. And it's actually about finding some sort of balance.

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