Do You Believe in A Life Purpose?

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Do you believe you have a mission or purpose in life?
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  • Profile picture of the author Diversion52
    I believe we all inherently have a space we should naturally fill. In the natural world, voids tend to attract whatever it is that they lack. I believe it's the same with the human race.

    But I believe that over thinking our fate is counter productive. Our natural place can only be felt when we allow ourselves to consider any option without the distraction of blind ambition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I believe that we all can have purpose and meaning in living. For my, I feel like my life purpose is to help others and to experience perfect happiness, all the time. I think that this is ideal. It may not be realistic, but I think that it is something to shoot and aim for.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    No. You get one shot, do what makes you happy. If helping others is it, then go for it - I love helping startups get off the ground and teaching people how to win with eCommerce, but not due to some philanthropic visionary crap ... I do it because it pays. If I had to choose between that and a garage full of fast cars, I'll keep the garage.

    I always encourage people to spend their early years busting their butts to make as much money as they can and stay out of debt, so later they can spend their time how they want to. Having a "calling" is nice, but your ability to actually make a difference is limited by your personal resources. Foundations and charities run by the wealthy can improve a lot more people's lives than foundations and charities run by broke people who think they can change the world.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      No. You get one shot, do what makes you happy. If helping others is it, then go for it - I love helping startups get off the ground and teaching people how to win with eCommerce, but not due to some philanthropic visionary crap ... I do it because it pays. If I had to choose between that and a garage full of fast cars, I'll keep the garage.

      I always encourage people to spend their early years busting their butts to make as much money as they can and stay out of debt, so later they can spend their time how they want to. Having a "calling" is nice, but your ability to actually make a difference is limited by your personal resources. Foundations and charities run by the wealthy can improve a lot more people's lives than foundations and charities run by broke people who think they can change the world.
      OK, two things. One, I agree so much with what you said, that I am now the closest I ever get to being a "fan".
      Second; "I'm Batman"?

      I'm a Batman fan. Let's imagine for a second that Batman is real. Think about this; Why be Batman? Nobody knows who you are, most people think you are insane, criminals want you dead. You can't trust anyone. A serious relationship is out of the question. Your bones get broken, every day you get wounded, you're always in pain, and there is no release. So why would Batman want to be Batman? Because he gets to be Batman. That's his reward.

      Of course, nobody is really Batman. But for me? The same psychology is at work.
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    • Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

      Foundations and charities run by the wealthy can improve a lot more people's lives than foundations and charities run by broke people who think they can change the world.
      Unless it's a scam.

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      • Profile picture of the author natsnumbers
        To me Life Purpose is the unique power you possess to influence your life and your world.

        Life Purpose is not about fate, destiny or what you are supposed to do. It is just about being totally, unequivocally who you are.

        Originally Posted by ronrule View Post

        I always encourage people to spend their early years busting their butts to make as much money as they can and stay out of debt, so later they can spend their time how they want to. Having a "calling" is nice, but your ability to actually make a difference is limited by your personal resources. Foundations and charities run by the wealthy can improve a lot more people's lives than foundations and charities run by broke people who think they can change the world.
        In my experience living up to your purpose (your innate assets and strengths) never negates resources, wealth or security. It actually makes one more acutely aware of them, able to create, utilize and leverage them more effectively.

        This is true not because it is some moral high ground to which you are rewarded - but because you are simply being authentically you; and blissed out while you do it.

        And I agree. You do not have to be some philanthropist do-gooder to be on purpose. Sometimes that intention covers up who you really are. In fact, I have met many people who are fighting for a cause - who never considered looking at their purpose as first being a very personal thing. That is why they fail. They are trying to do it because they think that is what they are supposed to do, to be great.

        If there is something deficient in every market, it is this purpose.

        There are not enough people who are working because they love it; because somewhere deep down they HAVE to get their unique gift/strength/talent/nature out or they will feel unfulfilled; because there is a yearning and longing to express who they are; a joy to be living it this time around.

        Obviously I am biased. This is my work.

        But wealth, health and happiness did not come into my life from busting my butt to put savings aside for a later date to FINALLY be who I really am.

        It came from doing it now.

        Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

        Today I had to put my min pin down, and if there is 1 thing she helped do for me in life, she helped me survive. Its really that simple. She made bad times less bad, and good times more good. And in my state of grief, I can tell for certain, humans have a purpose. Like dogs have a purpose.

        We are all here to help each other survive and appreciate life. Because its not going to go on forever. And we must never forget these facts.
        I know that feeling. Sending you some camaraderie.

        It brings up a rather odd thought - but one that hooks into this concept of purpose.

        Have you ever been around a litter of kittens or puppies?

        Even animals seem to have different personalities and strengths (i.e. purposes).

        One is cautious and observant, holding back. Another is curious and adventurous. Some are social, wanting to be around another all the time, while others keep to themselves.

        It seems that all of us have a purpose, or a set of attributes that sets us (and our writing/marketing/work/business) apart.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Yes, I do. I think the majority of people have a "purpose" to survive.

    I don't think that makes us important however. I think its just a hardwired gene that makes us feel good when we're serving that purpose.

    And I don't believe that purpose is to be fullfilled only for ourselves (as individuals), but for other death fearing people & animals as a whole. Like a dog helps another dog in the wild to get some food... and be strong. Its a type of pack bond. I believe humans share that bond with each other. Just that our materialistic obsessions typically blind us from whats really important. They make our lives shorter in a weird way.

    Today I had to put my min pin down, and if there is 1 thing she helped do for me in life, she helped me survive. Its really that simple. She made bad times less bad, and good times more good. And in my state of grief, I can tell for certain, humans have a purpose. Like dogs have a purpose.

    We are all here to help each other survive and appreciate life. Because its not going to go on forever. And we must never forget these facts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    I believe my life's purpose is to be consistently
    happy.

    Not constantly...

    ...but consistently.

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  • Profile picture of the author kenzo22
    I think we don't have any mission. We just live, and it's up to us how we do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by natsnumbers View Post

    Do you believe you have a mission or purpose in life?
    You mean was I born for a specific reason? To fulfill a specific destiny? Not even close.

    Can my life have meaning? Absolutely. And all of it is a choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edk
    Yes in a word. I remember doing certain things when I was 4 years old which when done today - allowing for very slight changes - are easily the most successful things I ever do. By successful I speak in terms of how I connect with others and the extent to which they appreciate it and resonate with it. An actor friend of mine says something very very similar. It's something she 'knew' and just clicked right into when she ws a little child.
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    I believe that we all exists for a reaon and the each and everyone of us has a purpose for that every reason in life.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMhelper
    Yeah, My life purpose is to die happy!
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  • Profile picture of the author duuude
    I believe the beauty in life is that we are free to define our own life purpose. This freedom can be squandered, but can also be used for great things.
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    I sometimes wonder if there is a purpose. You cant help what you dont know and when you learn it it could be too late to be able to give what you could when you had your youth. Too young too know then too old to have the youthful energy to dominate the dream.

    Life is random....maybe, maybe not. I am somewhere between the middle.
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  • Profile picture of the author rnvc
    I believe my propose is what I want it to be. Just like in "The Secret". There is no whiteboard in the sky that has your propose or what kind of person you should be written on it. It's what you choose it to be and nothing else.

    "Follow your bliss" - Joseph Campbell
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  • Profile picture of the author andyredsox
    Yes, every person in the world have a purpose in life. But it is up to us if we do it in a good way or not. It is our decision to make that purpose a success or a failure. Because each of us have our own thought in life, and we are the one to make our self more improve or no.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Yes I believe that we all have a purpose. I believe you meet people along the way that you can help and there are people that can help you. Always maintain a positive attitude and you will see how beautiful your life can be.
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    May you be a good or bad guy, there's a reason why you exist, there's always a reason for everything that exist in this world even the ant has a purpose.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Fisher
      most definately problem is trying to figure out what you prupose is for me i have always known and felt that i am suppsosed to helping people how? this is my struggle to figure out how , i spend alot of time in Philippines and thailand where ive always dreamt of having like a youth martial arts boxing center for the kids
      when i have enough financial freedom to do so and the kids finish school but for now i guess my purpose is to be the best husband ,father and role model i can be
      and hopefully help some people get out of there slave jobs and start living there dreams like me
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  • Profile picture of the author mert
    I think your mission or purpose in life is made or found it's, not like you're born for this or that. It's a random case and it's up to us if we decide to go with it.

    Failure is a choice as much as success. But sometimes there those instances when we think it's the perfect mission for us, and eventually realize it's not. Then we move on and wait for the next one. It's like falling in and out of love, it's really a matter of choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Oliver
    When I look at the people who are really successful at what they do, rather than at critics and wannabes, it seems to me that they live their lives from their 'sweet spot' - the intersection of their purpose, passion, strengths and the value they can bring.

    This appears to be because life is tough enough as it is - without purpose and passion, people lack the persistence/stubbornness to keep going. And without purpose and passion, we're likely to be faking it, and our customers will soon spot a fake!

    If we don't play to our strengths, our results will be mediocre at best.

    Finally, if we don't bring added value to our niche, why should people buy from us? But for me it starts with passion and purpose - that's what keeps me in the driving seat!
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    • Profile picture of the author natsnumbers
      Originally Posted by Nic Oliver View Post

      When I look at the people who are really successful at what they do, rather than at critics and wannabes, it seems to me that they live their lives from their 'sweet spot' - the intersection of their purpose, passion, strengths and the value they can bring.

      This appears to be because life is tough enough as it is - without purpose and passion, people lack the persistence/stubbornness to keep going. And without purpose and passion, we're likely to be faking it, and our customers will soon spot a fake!

      If we don't play to our strengths, our results will be mediocre at best.

      Finally, if we don't bring added value to our niche, why should people buy from us? But for me it starts with passion and purpose - that's what keeps me in the driving seat!
      Nic, absolutely brilliant and ditto.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramcon
    Definitely yes. I think there are always reasons for the things that are happening.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kayster13
    One of the most amazing discoveries I ever made, was to realize that God put me here for a purpose. In that I have also come to accept and feel comfortable walking in the space that I believe He has created for me to walk in. By that I mean, knowing I am not better then others, but I am who I am, unique. I have strengths and I also have many weaknesses. I am so thankful for those who love me and extend grace to me. I want to love unconditionally and be generous, affirm, encourage & bless them to do well and to be their best.
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