Life Purpose: The No-Bullshit Guide To Finding Your Passion And Living A Meaningful Life (John Killingsworth) — bullet points

  • Personally, I simply describe life purpose as your personal mission which makes your life worth living. I do not describe it as a God-given task, or a specific career goal, but leave the definition open so you can find your own meaning. This definition is not too vague to confuse you, but not too narrow to confine you to a specific type of mindset.
  • Life purpose is constantly evolving. It shifts and turns according to life experience, opportunities, circumstances and the positive or negative influences of your external environment. It changes in accordance to your growing personality, maturity, tastes, and so on.
  • While your life purpose will shift, note that your values will usually stay consistent.
  • Life purpose comes out of life experience. This is where the action-taking and real world exploration comes into account.
  • Finding Your Area Of Mastery: “What do I truly want out of life? How would that look like tangibly?”, “What topics or fields of study am I particularly fascinated by?”, “What activity do I love to do to the point of never being tired of it?”, “What is the one thing I can offer to this world that no one else can offer?”, “What is the change I want to see in the world?”, “What is the impact I want to have on the world? Which domain of mastery would allow me to achieve this impact?”, “If I had all the money, fame and relationships I wanted in the world, what would I do with my life?”, “If I were to start a business that would change the world, what would this business be about and why?”, “What is holding me back from achieving what I want out of life?”
  • Your life purpose cannot be defined by what others have done to you, what the world has imposed on you or any other recurring, avoidance-driven themes in your life.
  • Notice that your life purpose does not have to be complicated. Your impact on the world can either be modest or grandiose. It should be simple enough for anyone to understand it. There is no right or wrong answer here. The right answer is the one that authentically comes from you.
  • “How can I live in accordance with my life purpose today?”
  • “What project can I start now that will fulfill my life purpose?”
  • “What practice can I do that will bring me closer to achieving my life purpose?”
  • “What goals can I set to help me achieve my life purpose?”
  • “What habits will help me live in accordance to my life purpose every day?”
  • “Which books/programs/seminars can I get that will help me achieve my life purpose?”
  • If the goal of life purpose is to find fulfillment and live a good life, then personal development must be combined to provide a solid ground for our purpose to remain steady.