Other Perspectives on Purpose

There are many thought leaders who have significant experiences to contribute to the conversation around the topic of ‘Purpose.’ I thought you might like to hear other perspectives that may help you get closer to connecting with your own life and work purpose, or affirm and enhance what you have come to know and accept. Having a purpose, being purposeful, for many makes this entire life experience not only bearable, but enjoyable, meaningful, fulfilling and with side-effects never before imagined. I hope you find what you most seek in this life, that makes who you are and what you do matter!

People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe. – Simon Sinek

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why! – Mark Twain

The meaning of life is to find your gift . . . the purpose of life is to give it away! – Pablo Picasso

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. – Deepak Chopra

The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal. – Carl Sagan

I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door. – Marla Gibbs

At a lot of companies founded on principles, the notion of making money is almost antithetical to the ethos of the place. From the very beginning, our business has existed to meet the needs and desires of multiple constituencies: customers, team members, vendors, shareholders, and the community. – John Mackey

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives. – Brené Brown

Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose. – Dan Brown

You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose. – Abraham Lincoln

He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Bryne

Knowing your purpose motivates your life. – Rick Warren

I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up!” – Steve Maraboli

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. – Rumi

Those with purpose are driven to go beyond being merely materially, financially or worldly successful. Those with purpose scale the infinite joys of being and living a life full of significance to others! – Kevin Rafferty

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