“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain
WHY you pursue something is as equally important as WHAT you pursue.
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Start something greater than yourself.
Something you truly believe in.
Your pursuit should be meaningful to you.
Purpose eases the pain of the long hours and gives you the fortitude to fail.
It makes menial tasks meaningful and even fulfilling.
Many historic innovators of our time started something with the undying belief that they can create something of great and lasting significance, what others are not willing or able to.
And guess what, they found fulfilment in the process, no matter how small the pursuit was.
When you seek purpose, you acknowledge room for possibility.
It challenges you — and it invites others to help you pursue something of greater significance to you and the rest of the world.
Choose to be your authentic self.
Let go of who you think you should be, embrace who you are and watch the magic of purposeful pursuit unfold.
Finding (and doing) what makes you come alive changes everything
Your purpose in life is to find and do the things that make you smile, laugh and lose yourself.
Even if you aren’t sure yet, move into the exploration and experimentation phase of your life and enjoy the journey.
Tim O’Reilly couldn’t have said it any better,
“Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”
You can’t put time on it. You can’t force yourself to find your “why” tomorrow or next month, or even next year.
But make significant effort in the direction of your dreams one step at a time daily. In “Man’s Search for Meaning”, Viktor suggests three ways for finding meaning in our lives:
By creating a work or doing a deed
By experiencing something or encountering someone
By the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering
Pursuing your “why” changes everything.
You won’t discover your life’s work by wondering or worrying about it. And it doesn’t come fully formed.
You’ll discover it by taking action, everyday.
By looking at what is working and what isn’t, you can align yourself with your why and what or the passion and purpose for your life.
Clarity is the first step to crafting a life you love.
This year, you goal should be meaningfulness.
Instead of picking projects, hobbies, and relationships based on how happy they will make you feel, focus on those things that make your life more significant and worthwhile.