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Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.

One of the best-selling nonfiction books in history, The Purpose Driven Life  is far more than just a book; it’s a 42-day spiritual journey to find the answers to three of life’s most important questions:

  • The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
  • The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
  • The Question of Purpose: What on Earth am I here for?

The most basic questions everyone faces in life are, “Why am I here, and what is my purpose?” Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for every person. Real meaning and significance come from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for us here on earth.

This new edition is reimagined for a new generation, with new features including:

  • Video introductions by Rick Warren to chapters 1-42
  • An audio lesson at the end of each chapter, with over 30 additional hours of teaching by Rick Warren
  • Two new bonus chapters on the most common barriers to living a purpose driven life

Since its release, The Purpose Driven Life has been translated into 137 different languages and sold more than 50 million copies in all formats, all because of the Christ-centered approach the book takes to answering life’s most fundamental question: What on earth am I here for?

This book has transformed millions of lives. Are you ready for a change?

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What is our purpose?

What aims should we pursue to live a fulfilling life?

There is no more important topic than the meaning of our lives. Many thinkers, past and present, have grappled with it (Baggini, 2005; & Eagleton, 2007.)

Broadly speaking, the theorists of meaning fall into two camps. Some believe that life has no intrinsic meaning and that we must construct our meanings ourselves. The meaning of life, they argue, is a subjective affair.

Others maintain that there is an absolute meaning to our existence. But they tend to disagree on what that meaning might be. The most cited contenders are happiness and love. Other common suggestions include self-realization, relationships, pleasure, service, and creativity.

The list below includes thinkers from both sides of the argument. I hope you will find it enlightening.

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Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

At the top of my list (and many others of its kind) is Man’s Search for Meaning: The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust (Frankl, 1946, 2004). It was written by the Austrian psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, and founder of logotherapy, Viktor Frankl, who lived from 1905 to 1997.

Frankl argues that our primary task in life is to furnish it with meaning, whatever form this may take. We must find meaning even in our suffering, he writes, for otherwise we are lost.

In the autobiographical section of his deeply moving book, Frankl relates that those who managed to stay in touch with what made their lives meaningful in the Nazi extermination camps were more likely to survive. Their personal meanings took many different forms. It could be a strong desire to return to a beloved person, complete a creative or intellectual project, or simply the strong wish to help others.

If there is a potent “why” that drives us, Frankl declares, paraphrasing Nietzsche, we can tolerate almost any “how.”

Frankl believes that we can discover the meaning of life in three main areas: “(1) by doing a deed or creating a work; (2) by encountering someone or experiencing something; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering” (Frankl 2004, p. 115).

The meaning of our lives can be creativity in the broad sense of the word. This includes creative works but also merely making something, learning something, or being productive. Meaning can also be found in the experience of love and the appreciation of beauty, excellence, culture, and nature.

Crucially, Frankl (2004, p. 115) argues that meaning has to be located outside ourselves. It has to be discovered in the world rather than in our own psyches.Being human,” he writes, “always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself – be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter.

Frankl’s existentialist approach, then, invites us to let go of our obsession with ourselves and of values such as self-realization, self-improvement, and happiness. Instead, he urges us to focus on meanings that lie outside the boundaries of our own psyches.

For more on existentialism, listen to our Meaning & Existential Positive Psychology Podcast.

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Of Human Freedom – Epictetus

Like the other philosophers of the Stoa, the former Greek slave Epictetus (c. 55–135 C.E.) strongly believed that we can control our feelings by controlling our thoughts.

All suffering, he holds, is in our minds. It is not caused by external events but by our reactions to those events – by our faulty judgments and unrealistic expectations.

Because most external events are beyond our control, Epictetus believed that it is pointless to worry about them. But our evaluations of these events, by contrast, are entirely within our control. It follows that we should not attach significance to any external phenomena or circumstance. Instead, all our mental energies should be directed inward, with a view to controlling our minds.

Epictetus believed that we should rationally evaluate our cognitions at all times and simply reason ourselves out of upsetting emotional states. He suggested installing a rational fact-checker in our heads, whose task it is to keep our mental state balanced and calm. If this sounds familiar, that’s because Stoic thought is the ancient precursor of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Epictetus’s essay Of Human Freedom is a beautiful and concise introduction to Stoic wisdom. He writes about “Concerning what is in our power and what is not,” “How a person can preserve their proper character in any situation,” “On satisfaction,” and “How we should struggle with circumstance. ” He reminds us that “Every circumstance represents an opportunity.”

The more we value things beyond our control, the less control we have. Freedom is, therefore, “not achieved by satisfying desire but by eliminating it” (Epictetus, 2010, p. 81). Life is suffering; bad things will happen, Epictetus asserts.

When they do, we can use our bad luck to test our resolve and strengthen our resilience. “So when trouble comes, think of yourself as a wrestler whom God, like a trainer, has paired with a tough young buck. For what purpose? To turn you into Olympic-class material” (Epictetus, 2010, p. 14).

The Stoics’ ultimate aim is control. They want to be the masters in their own house so that they become completely invincible to the many blows that fortune has in store for us. Essentially, they pursue a radical kind of inner freedom that grants full autonomy from external events. Honing a Stoic mindset, they believe, is our most noble purpose in life. The prize is inner peace.

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The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living – Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Tibetan Dalai Lama, has cowritten a bestselling self-help book entitled The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living with the psychiatrist Howard C. Cutler (2009).

In this book, he presents Buddhist thought as a comprehensive framework for ethical self-improvement.

Through effort and practice, and by adopting basic Buddhist assumptions about the world, the Dalai Lama believes we can cultivate happiness, wellbeing, and compassion.

Cutler supplements the Dalai Lama’s ancient wisdom with anecdotes from his psychiatric practice, as well as with neuroscientific arguments about brain plasticity. This combination of modern science and ancient thought is powerful.

Buddhism, Cutler and the Dalai Lama argue, offers an effective psychological, philosophical, and spiritual framework for transforming the self, above all through practicing compassion. In fact, the Dalai Lama declares kindness the very essence of his religion.

However, Buddhist happiness also entails a critical cognitive dimension. To achieve true happiness, we have to embrace the insight that our notion of a permanent and separate self is an illusion and that this very notion is the cause for much of our suffering.

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The Happiness Trap – Russ Harris

The Australian psychologist Russ Harris (2008) challenges the idea that the meaning of life is to chase happiness. He believes that the current Western conceptions of happiness are entirely counterproductive.

His international bestseller, The Happiness Trap, is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Unlike the Stoics and CBT, ACT does not encourage us rationally to challenge our negative thoughts and feelings. Instead, it asks us simply to recognize and accept them, and then to let them go.

Together with present-moment awareness, value-based living, and taking committed action, ACT suggests acceptance as the healthy alternative to counterproductive attempts to control our unproductive thoughts.

Our default mode is not happy, Harris argues. We should simply accept this fact rather than wasting all our energy on fighting it.

Evolution has shaped our brains in such a way that we are now hardwired to suffer psychologically. For millennia, our minds have been trained to predict, detect, and avoid danger. The better we were at that task, the more likely we were to survive.

As a result, our minds are now constantly on alert, assessing and judging everything we encounter. But what used to be a crucial survival skill in the age of the saber-toothed tiger has turned into a curse in the social media age.

Now, we simply cannot stop comparing, evaluating, and criticizing ourselves, focusing on what we lack, growing dissatisfied with what we possess, and imagining “all sorts of frightening scenarios, most of which will never happen” (Harris, 2008, p. 5). What makes matters even worse is that our naturally edgy and slightly anxious state of mind has been pathologized in our feel-good society.

We are not just naturally unhappy, but also constantly made to feel guilty about it, which makes matters worse. Harris (2008) argues that we have far less control over our thoughts and feelings than we like to think. The idea that we can cure ourselves by controlling our unwanted thoughts is simply an illusion.

Willpower is a limited resource, and it is much better to manage our condition than to expend all our energy on trying to avoid or change bad thoughts. Instead, we should simply observe and accept them and then try to let them go. We can then invest our energies in what truly matters: leading a value-based life and taking committed action.

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Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life – Edith Hall

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 BCE) believed that happiness is the ultimate goal of human life and our highest good. Moreover, it requires the fulfillment of our potential and the actualization of our highest human capacity.

Our primary function as human beings, Aristotle believed, is rational activity in accordance with virtue. Aristotelian happiness, then, is inextricably linked to repeated virtuous action.

To realize our potential, we have to work on our behavior and emotional responses to become the best versions of ourselves. Aristotle strongly believed that we can train ourselves to be good by strengthening our virtues and controlling our vices.

A happy state of mind, he wrote in the Nicomachean Ethics, comes “from habitually doing the right thing” (Hall, 2018, p. 7). Aristotle, then, already knew about the vital power of habit. Rather than teaching and intellectual understanding, he considered habituation as the primary route to moral virtue.

In Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life (2018), the classical scholar Edith Hall presents a charming and robust case for the relevance of Aristotle’s virtue ethics as a timeless self-help framework. It can also function as a powerful guide to the meaning of life.

Hall highlights that Aristotle’s idea of the good life (eudaimonia) emphasizes our moral responsibility for our actions. We have to actively “do” eudaimonia, because “for Aristotle, happiness is activity” (Hall, 2018, p. 26).

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle

In his bestselling self-help book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, the German-born writer Eckhart Tolle (1999) argues that the meaning of life is simply being present.

But truly being present is far from a simple matter. The key to living in the present, Tolle writes, is to stop identifying with our minds and the stream of involuntary and incessant thinking we tend to take as our personal essence.

Instead, we have to practice adopting the position of a disinterested observer, watching our minds chatter away, but without taking the chatter too seriously.

Our true essence, then, is not to be found in our shifting emotions or compulsive thinking, but in what lies behind it. Like the Buddhists, Tolle believes that our very notion of self is an illusion, a fiction of the mind that we need to let go. We need to learn to witness our thought patterns rather than identify with them.

Most of our thoughts and emotions revolve around the past or our future. Our past furnishes us with an identity and narratives of cause and effect. Our future, in turn, “holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form” (Tolle, 1999, p. 40). But both are illusions.

We need to practice withdrawing our attention from the past and the future and instead be present as “watchers” of our minds. Watching is all we need to do, and it includes refraining from analyzing and judging.

Tolle (1999) writes that the present moment is all we ever have. The now is not only the most precious thing there is, but it is also the only thing there is.Give attention to the present,” he urges, “give attention to your behavior, to your reactions, moods, thoughts, emotions, fears, and desires as they occur in the present” (Tolle, 1999, p. 75). Tolle sees this exclusive focus on the present as the royal road to our salvation.

As he puts it:

True salvation is a state of freedom – from fear, from suffering, from a perceived state of lack and insufficiency and therefore from all wanting, needing, grasping, and clinging. It is freedom from compulsive thinking, from negativity, and above all from past and future as a psychological need (Tolle, 1999, p. 122).

There is nothing we can ever do or attain, Tolle writes, that will get us closer to salvation than this moment. By freeing ourselves from our enslavement to our minds, we can radically transform our consciousness. And this radical transformation of consciousness is precisely what is needed to save not only ourselves but also humanity at large and our planet.

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Altruism: The Science and Psychology of Kindness – Matthieu Ricard

The French-born Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is both a theorist and a practitioner of altruism.

He believes that the meaning of our lives is to practice altruism.

Altruism is the desire to ensure the good of others and to care for them in a benevolent way. Its Christian form (agape) is unconditional love for everyone – for ourselves, our neighbors, and our enemies. But Buddhists go even further, wishing for the happiness of all sentient beings.

In Altruism: The Science and Psychology of Kindness, Ricard (2015) argues that the wider our circle of care is extended and the more unconditional and inclusive it becomes, the more genuine our altruism is.

We all have a biological tendency to care for the wellbeing of our children, our relatives, and the people who are kind to us. But we must cultivate the art of extending our altruism much further.The quality and validity of an ethic increases with its degree of universality,” Ricard writes (2015, p. 154).

In most religions, altruism is the highest moral and spiritual value. Ricard presents altruism as the solution to all our problems – social, economic, and environmental. Altruism, he writes, “is the Ariadne’s thread allowing us to connect harmoniously the challenges of the economy in the short term, quality of life in the mean term, and our future environment in the long term” (Ricard, 2015, p. 691).

Buddhist altruism has two faces: loving-kindness and compassion. Buddhists desire not only that all beings find happiness, but also that they understand the causes of that happiness as well as those causes of suffering. There is, then, an important insight-oriented dimension to Buddhist altruism. In other words, it is not just a matter of the heart, but also a matter of our rational brains.

Furthermore, as numerous psychologists have shown, engaging in altruistic acts not only makes others happier; it also makes the one performing the act happier. It is, then, an ancient win–win behavior.

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A Take-Home Message

You will no doubt have noticed that some of the ideas on what constitutes the meaning of life explored above are in contradiction. Some, such as Epictetus and Tolle, argue that we can find meaning inside our selves, by shoring up our defenses against the blows of fortune and by being present.

Frankl, Aristotle, Harris, and Ricard, by contrast, argue that meaning has to be located outside our own psyches. We need to do valuable deeds, they maintain, and engage in meaningful and virtuous interactions with others. The Dalai Lama and Ricard propose that our purpose in life is practicing kindness and altruism. Aristotle and Epictetus favor virtuous self-cultivation. All of them present persuasive cases.

The lesson from all of this is both banal and profound. Meaning is subjective. It cannot be imposed. It has to be discovered or created. There is no one-size-fits-all meaning we can simply adopt.

Some prescriptions and suggestions may resonate with us; others won’t. But I fully agree with Frankl that there is no more pressing task than to start the work of identifying what makes life meaningful for us. And when we know what is most meaningful to us, we must ensure that our lives are dedicated to serving these meanings and that we create the best possible conditions for realizing them.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Meaning and Valued Living Exercises for free.

If you wish to learn more, our Meaning and Valued Living Masterclass© will help you understand the science behind meaning and valued living, inspire you to connect to your values on a deeper level and make you an expert in fostering a sense of meaning in the lives of your clients, students, or employees.

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Book Summary – The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For?

“The Purpose Driven Life” is a 40-day spiritual guide by pastor Rick Warren to help you answer this question: What on earth am I here for? Warren explains why you were created and how to fulfill God’s 5 key purposes for you. In The Purpose Driven Life summary, we’ll outline these 5 purposes. This book is primarily for Christians or believers who wish to deepen their relationship with God and fulfill their purpose on Earth; it’s also a useful resource for nonbelievers to understand practical Christian teachings and find meaning in life. For the full details, Biblical references and examples, do get a copy of the book, or get a detailed overview with our complete book summary bundle.

The book is broken down into 40 key chapters; Warren recommends that you read 1 chapter a day, reflect on the ideas and personalize the application in your life. By the end of the 40 days, you’ll know why you exist on earth and can live with clarity and purpose. In this article, we’ll briefly outline God’s 5 key purposes for you and the 40 day spiritual journey in the book. Do get a copy of our full 16-page summary for more details or get the full insights from The Purpose Driven Life book.

 

Discovering Your Purpose On Earth

UNDERSTAND WHY YOU EXIST

Your purpose is about God, not you. Today, we’re surrounded by mass media messages that tell us to look within ourselves for answers. We pursue earthly successes that’re empty and temporary. You were placed on earth for God’s cosmic purposes, which stretch into eternity. The only way to reveal your purpose is through a relationship with Christ. Don’t try to use God for your purpose; let God use you for His purposes instead.

For Days 1-7, Warren focuses on insights and reflections to (i) put God at the center of your life, (ii) rethink the current driving forces in your life, (iii) consider how your deeds on Earth are preparing you for eternal life, (iv) review what the Bible tells us about Life as a test, a trust and a temporary assignment (and what it means for your life on Earth), and (v) understand why/how the 5 purposes below are part of your existence to bring glory to God. You can get more details/insights from the book or our complete book summary.

FULFILLING YOUR 1ST PURPOSE: GIVING GOD PLEASURE

Anything that brings pleasure to God is called “worship”, and the first purpose of your life is to bring pleasure to God via worship. Music can be a part of worship, but worship is much more than music. Any activity can be transformed into an act of worship so long as you do it for God’s glory and pleasure.

For Days 8-13, Warren walks you through various aspects of how you can please God (i) with specific acts of worship, (ii) by offering/surrendering yourself to God fully, (iii) deepening your friendship with Him, and (iv) worshiping him even when he seems far away and unresponsive. We’ll elaborate on each of these areas in our full book summary.

FULFILLING YOUR 2ND PURPOSE: BEING AN INTEGRAL PART OF GOD’S FAMILY

God’s second purpose for your life is to be a member of His family. You’re created to be part of God’s family. As His children, the church is our spiritual family and other believers are our brothers/ sisters. This spiritual family is eternal whereas our blood families can end with divorce, separation and death.

Days 15-21 are about considering (i) your place in God’s family and how you treat your family members, (ii) how you can give priority to your relationships, (iii) how you committed/involved you are to your local church (the body of Christ), (iv) if/how you can build real fellowships or the shared experience of Christian life (not just socializing with church friends), (v) how to make peace and repair broken fellowships, and (vi) protect the unity of the Church).

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YOUR 3RD PURPOSE: BECOMING CHRIST-LIKE

Your third purpose is to become more like Jesus Christ—not to be a god, but to become godly through your actions and character. Humans are the only beings made in God’s image: we have immortal spirits, the intellectual ability to reason, the capacity to love, and the ability to know right from wrong. Your time on earth is meant to shape you and prepare you for eternity in Heaven. This involves more than prayer and Bible study; you must also practice Christ-like thinking/acting and develop new godly habits.

Days 22-28 focus on (i) deliberately choosing the right things to fulfill God’s purposes, (ii) maturing spiritually, (iii) embracing God’s Word with daily Christian living, (iv) using your circumstances and problems to build your character, and (v) overcoming temptation. Do get more details/insights from the book or our complete 16-page summary.

YOUR 4TH PURPOSE: SERVING OTHERS WITH YOUR GIFTS (YOUR MINISTRY)

You were created for a unique role on earth (that no one else can fill). Every Christian (not just the pastors, priests and clergy) is called to God’s service (your Ministry). You serve Him by using your God-given abilities to help others. This is a full-time commitment, not something you do in your free time.

For Days 29-35, Warren takes you through what it means to (i) answer God’s call to service, (ii) identify and use the SHAPE that God specifically gave to you (your Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience), (iii) hone/nurture your shape, (iv) admit to and embrace your weaknesses and (v) become a true servant.

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YOUR 5TH PURPOSE: SPREADING THE WORD TO NONBELIEVERS (YOUR MISSION)

Your ministry is about serving other believers, while your mission is about reaching out to nonbelievers. one of Jesus’ followers is commissioned to continue what he began on earth: to free God’s children from Satan’s power. Share the love of Christ with everyone you encounter in your daily work/life. In the process, you impact their eternal salvation.

Days 36-38 focus on how to (i) address the fears holding you back from your mission, (ii) craft and share your Life Message, and (iii) become a world-class tool for God to spread the Good News effectively.

LIVING THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE

Now that you know God’s 5 purposes for you on earth, you can start to (i) balance and fulfill all 5 purposes and (ii) develop a life purpose statement to guide your life. The last 2 days (days 39-40) focus on helping you to get started and truly live a purpose driven life.

 

Other Details in “The Purpose Driven Life”

This is a detailed spiritual guidebook with a chapter for each of the 40 days summarized above. In our complete book summary bundle, we cover an overview of your 5 purposes and the ideas for the 40-day spiritual discovery.  To dive deep into the exercises and reflections, do get a copy of the book which also includes: (i) extensive Biblical quotations, (ii) Biblical examples of people who lived out God’s will, (iii) stories from Warren’s own life and ministry, (iv) practical tips, and (v) a guided daily meditation for each of the 40 days. Alternatively, you can get more details and resources at www.purposedriven.com.

Deepen your relationship with God and fulfill your true purpose on Earth!

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The Purpose Driven Life Book Summary, by Rick Warren

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Overview

The Purpose Driven Life is a book that teaches people how to achieve spiritual growth by following Christian values. It tells them to think of the world as temporary and prepare for life in heaven, where they will be with God. We were made in God’s image and are meant to share his love with others.

There are five purposes for life. The first is to fulfill God’s pleasure by doing what we were made to do and performing those acts as a form of worship.

The first purpose of life is to be a member of God’s family. Christians should form communities, in order to grow and learn together. The second purpose is to become like Jesus Christ. People go through trials and difficulties so that they can learn the lessons necessary for fulfilling their purposes. Fulfilling the second purpose also requires following biblical teachings; furthermore, people need to determine how they will serve, based on what gifts, passions, abilities or personality traits they have been given by God. The third purpose is service—how people serve depends on their spiritual gifts (or talents), as well as their experiences and personalities. The fourth purpose of life is having a mission: discovering one’s role in God’s plan for introducing non-believers into Christianity (i.e., evangelizing). In order to fulfill this mission successfully, believers must recite their testimonies openly while considering who else could benefit from hearing about Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, there are two risks which distance someone from God: envy and focusing too much attention on pleasing other people rather than serving them.

The Purpose Driven Life is a book that was written to be read over the course of 42 days. It’s supplemented with videos, audio, and online community access.

Key Takeaways

Everything was made by God for his purpose. Life is temporary, and it’s a test to see if we’re worthy of eternal life. We should use our talents to bring pleasure to God through everything we do, worship him in every action, trust him completely, and surrender ourselves to his will. If we cultivate a relationship with him through honesty and complete commitment, he’ll be pleased with us.

The main purpose of every Christian is to be a member of the church. This means that they should spend time in fellowship with other Christians and develop their spiritual lives together. The second purpose is for every Christian to become like Christ through learning God’s word and applying it to their lives. Satan sends temptations, but God uses them as lessons for Christians so that they can learn how to live according to His will. The third purpose is that people were created by God and have gifts, passions, abilities, personality types, experiences which are used in service of Him

God’s servants are humble, act as stewards of his resources, and see their weaknesses as opportunities for him to help them. Every Christian has a mission to introduce unbelievers to Jesus. Executing the mission requires a global perspective and a Life Message that includes testimony, life lessons, passions, and the Good News (the Gospel). None of these purposes is more important than others. A Life Purpose Statement guides Christians toward their priorities and skills so they can accomplish God’s goals for them in this world. However envy or wanting everyone else but God to be pleased with you obstructs your pursuit of your purpose because it draws attention away from God towards yourself.

Key Takeaway 1: Everything was made by God for his purpose. Life is a temporary assignment and a test for the greater responsibilities given to those granted eternal life.

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Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance—the life you were meant to live.

One of the best-selling nonfiction books in history, The Purpose Driven Life  is far more than just a book; it’s a 42-day spiritual journey to find the answers to three of life’s most important questions:

  • The Question of Existence: Why am I alive?
  • The Question of Significance: Does my life matter?
  • The Question of Purpose: What on Earth am I here for?

The most basic questions everyone faces in life are, “Why am I here, and what is my purpose?” Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for every person. Real meaning and significance come from understanding and fulfilling God’s purposes for us here on earth.

This new edition is reimagined for a new generation, with new features including:

  • Video introductions by Rick Warren to chapters 1-42
  • An audio lesson at the end of each chapter, with over 30 additional hours of teaching by Rick Warren
  • Two new bonus chapters on the most common barriers to living a purpose driven life

Since its release, The Purpose Driven Life has been translated into 137 different languages and sold more than 50 million copies in all formats, all because of the Christ-centered approach the book takes to answering life’s most fundamental question: What on earth am I here for?

This book has transformed millions of lives. Are you ready for a change?

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10 Best Books About Life to Help You Find Your Meaning

Have you ever felt like you’re unable to feel anything? You know exactly what this feeling is if you’ve been through it. The feeling of a meaningless life is unexplainable.

A meaningless life may not look bad. In fact, there’s likely nothing obviously wrong. You may be living in your dream house with the love of your life. Your well-paid job in the company that you dreamt of is doing great, too. However, you feel like a part of your heart and soul are missing.

If you feel like nothing is right, you may be living a meaningless life. But don’t you worry, because you’re in the right place to find the perfect solution for you and your unique life.

What Is a Meaningless Life?

Let’s start by helping you put a finger on your issue. Is it actually a meaningless life or just a rough slump?

Be clear on one thing: no human’s life is ever truly meaningless. Basically, your life can never lose its meaning and purpose. If you’re living in this world, there is some reason deep down. The only issue is that you have lost the vision to identify it. Your perspective is too blurred to figure out what you are in this world for.

A meaningless life may mean you’re going through an existential crisis. You could be borderline depressed. The feeling of emptiness may prevail all other emotions. However, you can be sure that, despite all of this, there’s still meaning to your existence.

All you have to do is push through to find it.

If you feel that you’re living a meaningless life, negativity will surround you like wildfire. However, you’ve got to keep your head high so that you can look ahead and find an answer. You have to strive to find your life’s meaning to continue to live a life of high motivation.

Before you move on with the rest of the process, make sure to first imprint this in your mind. Only then will you be able to guide your thought process in the right direction.

Is There Any Meaning to Life?

Life, in its literal term, means to exist and reproduce. The reproduction not only includes the creation of humans like yourself, but also of thoughts, ideologies, and philosophies.

A person who is living a meaningless life has a very different view of what life is supposed to be. That is where the issue arises. To understand the meaning of life without any misconceptions, one should look at the philosophy behind this concept.

Like most branches of research, philosophy has numerous diverging answers to answer what the meaning of life is. Here’s a quick summary of what I consider the most suitable understanding.

It all starts from a human’s expectations and, ultimately, reactions. Every individual expects something from the world and, in return, has to react to the expectations of others. Generally, this idea is surrounded by wanting goodness. To achieve that, a person has to do good deeds as well.

This cycle continues. But, of course, it is very complex. A lot of factors contribute to this cycle, such as selfishness, a different point of view of what’s good, emotions, likes and dislikes, etc.

The point of this entire concept in philosophy is that, ultimately, the process of growth and reproduction comes to an end for every human. There’s no escaping that. Therefore, the goal is to live life in a way that, when the individual’s growth comes to an end, something good is still left behind for the cycle to continue.

Where Does the Good Come From?

This is the point where the differences come in. People with different beliefs opt for varying methods to reach the same goal.

There are four main schools of thought in philosophy in this regard, and they all offer different advice on how to move past living a meaningless life.

1. God

One school believes that God is the center of everything we do. Hence, goodness is anything that goes in line with the religion that you believe in.

2. The Soul

The other school of thought centers their actions on the soul. For them, anything that satisfies and calms your inner self is the path you should follow, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.

3. Objectivists

The objectivists say that everything in the world is defined; the good and bad are certain, so no one should go beyond the set boundaries.

4. Subjectivists

The subjectivists, on the other hand, believe that since every individual’s cognition varies, the meaning of every single thing in the world is different. No two individuals can have a similar thought process.

All in all, life comes down to one thing only: goodness. That is what life should be, and that is what you should leave behind. How you achieve it depends on which school of thought you agree with. Whatever you believe in is ultimately what the meaning of your life is.

How to Stop Living a Meaningless Life

Now you know that there is a meaning to your life, without question. You also have an idea of what this meaning is. You’ve got to figure out what you consider “good” and build your life around it.

Regardless of which school of thought you agree with or what you have decided your life’s meaning to be, the process to implement will be a bit hard. To make it easier, here are some universal tips.

1. Unlearn What You’ve Been Told All Your Life

Do not be distracted by what you’ve learned in your life until now. The truth is, you could have been told something for 30 years of your life only to find out that it was all baseless.

The only thing in life that is definite is that there are no rules. We didn’t come into this world with a rule book or defined meaning. Every individual was given the ability to make choices in their life. So, take hold of yours, learn your right and wrong from scratch, and make sure nothing is detracting you from the real meaning of your life. Don’t be afraid if you learn something that goes against your lifelong motto if it gets you away from living a meaningless life.

2. Know That You Matter

This has been said a couple of times by now but, honestly, the more you emphasize this fact, the easier it will be for you.

The fact that you’re alive, living in this world, and taking another breath to take means that you matter. Your life purpose is yet to be fulfilled, so you’ve still got to make some impact in this world.

You are the one person that has to change the world, even if it is something as small as changing the life of one tiny creature. Keep this in mind at all times.

3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

If your life’s meaning was somewhere inside the circle that you stay in, you would’ve found it by now. Isn’t it obvious that what you’re looking for is out of your comfort zone? Then, what’s keeping you from stepping out?

Don’t hesitate to step out. The short-term discomfort will help you find the long-term purpose of life, which will give you a lifetime of relaxation and a constant way out of a meaningless life.

4. Follow Your Heart

Whether you’re choosing which school of thought to follow or opting between what good to go after, never ignore your heart. Your intuition is your heart’s way of guiding you. Don’t let it take over, but also don’t forget to take it into consideration.

5. Do Not Let Go of Your Passion

You know that one thing in life that you just cannot give up no matter hard you try? Stop trying to get rid of it. You’re passionate about something for a reason. It is a step for you to reach your life’s meaning.

6. Be More Mindful

The big things in life tend to take over the tiny details. These little things are signs to help you decode and find answers. Meditate if you have a hard time focusing, but always try your best to pay attention to the little experiences that you usually don’t notice.

Conclusion

If you’re a person who is going through the dilemma of living a meaningless life, try to use these tips to help you seek out your unique meaning. Although your life seems meaningless, rest assured that it’s not.

The ball is now in your court. You’re the one who has to do the rest of the work. Use the tips to help you find the true meaning of your life, and then stick to it. Get on with step 1 from today without losing any motivation at all.

All the work that you’ll put in the process now will help you achieve a life of happiness and peace worth living.

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4 Books to Help You Find and Define Your Purpose In Life

One of the biggest questions that we ask ourselves is “Why am I here?” We all seem to reach a point where we realize that life is short, but it does have a purpose. People are finding their voices and finding their path in life; in this tumultuous time, a lot of us are thrown into our purpose. If you’re like my husband, it took being in an uncomfortable situation to be shown where to go next. Sadly, too many of us wander through life, doing what’s safe, waiting for our purpose to fall into our laps. Thinking often of Esther 4:14b, I know that whatever it may be, we have a purpose and it’s our responsibility to seek it out. As I sought out mine, one book changed my life. It helped me to find and define my purpose.

One of the biggest things that people often fail to recognize is that our lives have a divine purpose. Seeking it out isn’t necessarily the easiest thing that we do; we do it nonetheless.

As Christians, our purpose is intrinsically tied to serving others. Galatians 5:13 reminds us “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Whether your heart and skills thrive in the arts or technical field, our abilities should line up with Kindgom building. We are to glorify God and build up those around us along the way.

How do you do those things? Find it within the gifts you’ve been given in this life. Fortunately for me, one of my gifts is that of talking, and I have the privilege to serve you through this ministry. Cultivating my skills throughout my life was very pleasurable, but at the heart of it, it wasn’t serving people in the way that it could. Walking away from salaries and job security was a small step on the path of a larger mission.

If you’re a visual learner, reading books will be right up your alley. Reading books allows for meditation at the moment and revisitation down the road. Here is a list of 4 books that will help you to find and define your purpose in life. No matter if you already know what your purpose is or if you’re wondering if there is a different path for you, these titles will help to guide you on your way.

Hatch, Leap, Soar: Your 3-Steps to Total Fulfillment, Real Success and True Happiness

2019 was a rough year for me and my entire family. We lost my aunt, finances were a little shaky, and my job was stressing me out. So much so that I ended up being put on a heart monitor. My husband made it his mission to get me away from everything for a while and took me out of the country. Prior to this trip, I was so unhappy. Trapped was probably a more accurate description. Going on a restorative vacation helped, but I knew that it wasn’t going to resolve anything. This book gave me the courage to step out on faith, leave my job, and walk into my purpose. This was the book that changed everything for me. Get your copy here and prepare to hatch, leap, and soar.

The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? was the first book I ever read on figuring out my purpose in life. Rick Warren walks you through 40 days of a guided spiritual journey designed to teach you that you were created for a purpose and to help you shape and form it. The first time that I went through it, I was in a different place in my life. Not having an idea of what my purpose could possibly look like, I went into it without a plan. Years later, as my life and needs have changed, I’m thinking this would be a great opportunity to work through it again to affirm if I’m walking the right path. Explore your Purpose Driven Life here.

opening the door to your God-sized dream

As a person who struggles with anxiety, Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream was a real help. Fear is a factor that holds many people back from fulfilling their purpose. This pocket-sized book is a 40-day guided encouragement to trust in God and walk in faith, as you figure out what your purpose is and how to live in it. Prefer the manuscript over the devotional? Try You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You.

Soar! Build Your Vision From the Ground Up

“Take your career to the next level, realize your greatest dreams, and embrace your God-given talents with this practical game plan for your professional and personal life.” When in a job that feels like it’s taking everything from you (see above) it’s easy to feel like there’s nowhere to go. Soar! reminds us that we can take control of what our lives look like and where we go, no matter when we decide to embark upon the journey. And beyond finding and following your individual purpose, T.D. Jakes teaches how to transform your own unique vision into a powerful contribution to the world. Soar! with Bishop Jakes here.


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Yakovlev Alexander Sergeevich

The Purpose of Life

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Publishing house annotation: The third edition of the memoirs of aircraft designer A.S. Yakovlev was supplemented with new materials on the development of Soviet aviation in recent years, on the activities of the design bureau headed by the author, as well as new memories of meetings with party and state leaders, scientists, renowned military leaders.

Contents

Instead of a preface

About this book

Childhood

Beginning of the journey

“Working people – build an air fleet!”

Dream come true

Recognition

Aeroclub named after Kosarev

The success of our aviators

In Italy

In France and England

Above all, farthest, fastest!

Lessons from Spain

War on the doorstep

In Nazi Germany

The first fighter

In the People’s Commissariat

German designers

Hitler and the Nazis

The beginning of the war

It is time for the harsh tests in Moscow

0003 In the East

Great turning point

At Headquarters

Air supremacy

Yak-3 – light fighter

Front-line pilots

Normandy

Victory

Opponents and allies

Technical warfare designer

thoughts

Century of jet aviation

“Flying carriage”

All is well that ends well

Memories

Wings of the Motherland

World Championship

A new plane is born

Rocket and plane

Two exhibitions Paris, 67

Domodedovo

Yak-40

Purpose of life

Dictionary of some aviation terms found in the book

Notes

Instead of a preface

a public figure, the author, with deep knowledge of the matter, sets out the main, most characteristic stages of the development of domestic aviation.

Such turning milestones in the history of the Soviet aviation industry as the period of the first five-year plan, when a powerful domestic aviation industry was created, at the end of the 30s, when it was possible to carry out a radical restructuring, which ensured the qualitative superiority of Soviet aviation in the Patriotic War, and finally, the transition to jet aircraft.

The advantage of the book is that the author does not hide the difficulties encountered on the way, but paints a picture of overcoming these difficulties both in peaceful and military conditions.This is of great importance for the education of the young generation, which must know at the cost of what great efforts of the Party and the people the industrial and military might of our Motherland was forged.

The author conveys the romance of design work, as if reveals the creative laboratory of the creators of new technology, their constant search for a new one, the struggle not only with the forces of nature, but also with the force of human inertia, routine and conservatism. The reader will learn a lot about the throes of creativity and the joys of technical victories, get acquainted with the most prominent scientists, designers, test pilots and front-line pilots, leaders of domestic and foreign aviation.

I do not know of any other book in our literature, where the process of design innovation would be described with such force.

The book of A.S. Yakovlev is of great historical and documentary value. I believe that with the publication of this book, historians of Soviet science and technology in general will receive substantial, reliable factual and cognitive material.

Simplicity and liveliness of presentation, vivid, exciting episodes, captivating with their truthfulness – all this will undoubtedly arouse interest in the book of a wide range of readers.

Twice Hero

Socialist Labor,

General Designer S. ILYUSHIN

About this book

In the fall of 1934, test pilot Yulian Piontkovsky and I were cleaning at an open party meeting of the Menzhinsky Aviation Plant in Moscow.

The meeting took place in a large hangar adapted for a club. The hangar was full. And despite the fact that there were our well-known workmates around, everyone with whom we met every day in the workshops of the plant, at the airfield, in the design bureau, the feeling of excitement did not leave us for a minute.

One after another, members and candidates of the party – workers, mechanics, engineers – went out on the stage, to the presidium of the meeting.

Suddenly there was a lot of noise in the hall, applause was heard, heads turned to the front door. I also turned around and saw a tall, stooped figure of a man in a light, light coat, with an embroidered skullcap on his head. He was taken to the first row and seated in an empty seat next to me. I was so overwhelmed with anticipation of what was to come, that at first I did not understand who turned out to be my neighbor.And only when, smiling affably, he extended his hand to me as a friend, although we met for the first time, did I see that it was Alexei Maksimovich Gorky. You can imagine my surprise.

This was the time when Alexey Maksimovich, returning from Sorrento to Moscow, went to factories, to construction sites, met with workers, scientists, pioneers, and pilots. Gorky appeared in workshops, at meetings, looked closely at people, was interested in everything, wanted to know everything, to go everywhere, to see everything with his own eyes.And then, unexpectedly for everyone, he arrived at the party meeting of our aircraft plant.

Alexey Maksimovich breathed heavily and smoked all the time. Before he has time to finish one cigarette, he takes out another, lights a cigarette from the first.

Having looked around the hall, he addressed me in an undertone:

– And you are cleaning today? I nodded my head.

– Are you worried?

– I’m very worried, Alexey Maksimovich.

At this time, Julian Piontkovsky stood on the podium and talked about his life, about how he, being a mechanic mechanic in one of the aviation detachments in 1917, had a burning desire to become a pilot, learned to fly himself, then entered an aviation school, went to the front, became an instructor at a pilot school and finally a test pilot…

– Do you have any questions? the chairman asked.

– We know, we know! – rolled across the hall to applause.

– Do you know him? Gorky asked, pointing with a glance at Piontkovsky.

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Purpose of Life: Notes of an Aircraft Designer

This book occupies a special place in Russian memoir literature: each of its editions was met with great interest by our and foreign readers.And this is primarily due to the author’s honesty before history, his desire to tell the truth about many important events in the life of the country, of which he was a direct witness and participant, to give his assessment to famous statesmen of the Soviet era. And his reflections on the choice of a life path, a person’s moral position, patriotism and civic consciousness are a kind of “open lesson” to the new generation of Russia.

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Publisher:
World of philosophy
The year of publishing:
2016
Place of publication:
Moscow
Language of the text:
Russian
Cover type:
Hard cover
Format:
60×84 1/16
Dimensions in mm (LxWxH):
200×145
The weight:
765 gr.
Pages:
511
Circulation:
350 copies
Product code:
842863
Vendor code:
02021686
ISBN:
978-5-9

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Annotation to the book “Purpose of Life: Notes of an Aircraft Designer” A. Yakovlev:
This book occupies a special place in Russian memoir literature: each of its editions was met with great interest by our and foreign readers. And this is primarily due to the author’s honesty before history, his desire to tell the truth about many important events in the life of the country, of which he was a direct witness and participant, to give his assessment to famous statesmen of the Soviet era.And his reflections on the choice of a life path, a person’s moral position, patriotism and civic consciousness are a kind of “open lesson” to the new generation of Russia.

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A selection of 10 books, after reading which, a person stops living a gray life forever.

Books that change life for the better.

1. Alex Novak – “The Book That Doesn’t exist”

If you have 20 minutes a day, then in a week this book will change your life.

Who Should Read The Book That Does Not Exist?

1. Seeking themselves.
2. Those who live on autopilot
3. Those who have a long unfulfilled dream
4. Those who postpone important things “for later”
5. Adherents of systemic self-development

What’s in the book?

This work is, in fact, a “toolbox” for managing your own life.You get them and start taking REAL steps towards setting bright goals and (most importantly) bringing them to life. The book contains a lot of examples, a lot of theory and clear recommendations for practical implementation. The book is written in a simple and understandable language, without “tricky” phrases and unnecessary cumbersome terminology.

Why do I need to find / download / buy a book?

Appearing online in December 2014, the work produced the effect of an exploding bomb. In less than a month and a half after that, users on the author’s site viewed a total of more than 100,000 pages.”The Book That Doesn’t Exist” caused a storm of controversy, hit all sorts of charts and was eventually noticed by publishers. The author (Alex Novak) received an offer to publish a paper version of the book and became even more famous!

2. Nick Vuychich – “Life Without Borders”

Nick Vuychich was born without arms and legs, but he is completely independent and lives a full and rich life: he received two higher educations, independently types on a computer at a speed of 43 words per minute , surfing, fishing, swimming and even diving from a springboard into the water.His book is an inspiring, emotional story about how to overcome difficulties, despair, believe in yourself and become happy.

Nick frankly talks about his physical problems and experiences, about how difficult it was for him to come to terms with his condition – there was a moment when he wanted to commit suicide. It took him many years to learn to see in his problems not an obstacle, but an opportunity for growth, set big goals for himself and always achieve what he wants.Without arms and legs, he learned to rise in every sense of the word. In his book, Nick formulated the rules of life that helped him, and now he shares them with readers.


3. Yitzhak Pintosevich – “Live!”

This book is a synthesis of the latest discoveries in the field of medicine, physiology, psychology and the secrets of training Olympic athletes. Its author Yitzhak Pintosevich, a former world-class professional athlete, coach, businessman, has created a unique program for busy people who spend most of their time at work, striving to achieve important goals for themselves and do not want to change their schedule.The goal of the program is to save them from breakdowns, depression and illness. Thanks to it, you can quickly increase your energy level, improve your health and achieve the highest degree of personal productivity in life.

4. Igor Mann – “Number 1”

There is a well-known exercise: “Who do I see myself in five years”, which well reflects the level of a person’s ambitions. Often people give the answer “I want to be number 1, the main authority in the industry,” but few people really do something to achieve the chosen goal, especially within the agreed time frame.And only the actions taken (and their results) give an idea of ​​the real scale of the individual. And “making yourself” is not easy: too much influences the result. There are no unimportant details here. As in everything, you need to act in a planned manner.

This book offers just such a plan, a checklist, which is easy to modify for you personally. After reading and filling in special tables (cutting off strengths and weaknesses, determining priorities, ways of developing key skills, changing your image, methods of promoting yourself), you will receive a step-by-step algorithm how to get from the point where you are now to the point where you want turn up.


5. Josh Weitzkin – The Art of Learning

This is the autobiography of Joshua Weitzkin, who won his first national chess championship at age 9 and became world champion in the martial art of Tai Chi at age 28. How did he manage to achieve such a result in completely different sports disciplines? Joshua himself does not believe that he is the best in chess or the best in Tai Chi. He says, “I am the best at learning.” In this book, he shares his story and learning principles that helped him climb to the top twice.This is not only the story of an outstanding person, but also proof that any victories and achievements – up to the champion level – are achieved thanks to the right lifestyle, the right habits and mental attitudes, and not innate talents.


6. Vadim Zeland – “Hacking the Technogenic System”

If you do not have any special merits and talents, then you have no other way but to get out of the common system and allow yourself to become unique.Having at your disposal the technique of liberation presented in the book, you can create any world for yourself. Your intelligence and creativity will rise to the level of genius. You will have no problem achieving your goals. Reality will open before you in an unfamiliar guise, as it really is. If you have a cherished dream, if your goal is difficult to achieve, if many want the same as you, if you have to stand in a long line for your dream … You should know that you have a special, unique chance.A chance to gain an advantage that others do not have. A chance to hack the matrix and break free. You should at least know that this is possible.

7. Tom Peters – Imagine

World bestselling author, master of new approaches to doing business and management guru Tom Peters is back with a great new book on the new order of the modern business world. Written in an inimitable style, designed to more clearly express the author’s new philosophy, Re-imagine! encourages us to take action.Read Tom Peters’ destructive behests, see how he predicts the death of bureaucracy, and find out why he thinks business is cool to think beautifully … think weird and conceptualize far more “change” than we could ever imagine.


8. Brian Tracy – “Get out of your comfort zone”

Book # 1 on self-development. It has been translated into 40 languages. More than 1,200,000 copies were purchased. This book marked the start of the worldwide success of Brian Tracy, one of the world’s leading personal development experts.The book presents the result of more than thirty years of studying the issues of time management. She talks about how to achieve solutions to difficult problems, leaving your comfort zone.

9. Bodo Schaefer – “The Laws of Winners”

In a compact, accessible and entertaining form, 30 proven laws and the most important strategies are described with the help of which you will be able to achieve your goals in any area of ​​life.

10. Robin Sharma – “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”

What is real success and how can you achieve it? Is it possible to find happiness that does not depend on either career growth or global crises? How to get rid of endless worries about tomorrow and start enjoying every day you live? Are there simple recipes for receiving spiritual gifts without giving up your usual comfort? How to develop superpowers and subjugate fate? And, perhaps most importantly, how to find your calling and become yourself? The answer is in this book, which has become a bestseller in many countries around the world.Together with former millionaire Julian Mantle, Robin Sharma invites the reader to take an amazing journey to Sivana – a country where dreams come true!

A book you can talk to

PURPOSE OF LIFE

It seems that everyone has their own purpose in life. Meanwhile, as it seems to me, there is one desire that unites all people – this is the desire to be happy, that is, to live in harmony with oneself.

When a person not so much understands as feels that he is moving towards the goal for which God created him, he feels free and happy.

The purpose of a person’s life is to be happy, that is, to live in harmony with oneself, which comes from the feeling that you are not deceiving God’s providence.

This conclusion, paradoxically, applies to both believers and atheists. Atheists have their own criteria, but they, too, live either in harmony with themselves, or in a struggle.

It is obvious to the believer that the purpose of life is to prepare your soul to meet the Lord.

Is it necessary to prove that if this soul temporarily belongs to a person who does not follow the path on which the Lord set him, it is unlikely to be well and correctly prepared to meet Him?

“I am ashamed to be unhappy!” – exclaimed the outstanding playwright and poet Alexander Volodin.But we are most often ashamed to be just happy.

We have already said that many seriously think that the Christian religion teaches: the world can be known only through suffering. In my opinion, Christianity teaches to endure suffering with dignity, realizing that everything in this world is from God, including torture. It teaches even in suffering to find some benefit for the growth of one’s soul. But she does not teach to cast grief on oneself for the sake of some kind of spiritual growth.

Did Christ suffer when he departed into the wilderness? It seems to me not.He spoke to God, He meditated on life, He did not give in to the temptations of the devil. That is, He lived in harmony with himself and, again, it seems to me, was happy.

In this chapter it is important to repeat once again: the deepest, I would say, high optimism of Christianity lies in the fact that, having experienced incredible torments, the Savior ascended and met his Heavenly Father. Thinking a lot and justly about the torments of Christ, we sometimes, alas, forget about this, full of optimism, the finale of His earthly life.

When it becomes awkward to rejoice, it would be nice to remember the wonderful words of Pushkin: “They say rightly that grief is a good school, but happiness is the best university”.

So, let us agree again and again that in the very desire to be happy there is nothing vulgar and unworthy. In my opinion, only a pathological person can set the goal of his life for bathing in adversity.

This is where the main problem arises. Since the Lord sends each person to Earth with his own task, there can be no universal path to happiness. That is, the goal of life is one, but the paths to it are always different.

Sometimes it seems to us that there is a certain universal set of a happy person: a lot of money, a good family, an interesting job.I managed to collect such a set – well done, I got happiness.

Alas, there is no universal “happy set” that is common to all.

Remember, say, Ostap Bender. Did the money he managed to get in the Golden Calf bring him happiness? No. Because for him the purpose of life was not to get money, but to get it 90,359. Target was in progress.

Or, for example, there are people who do not know how to love. They will never have a good family, which means that striving for this apparently impossible goal will only generate suffering.

When parents force a child to go to college because they are convinced that only a person with a higher education can achieve high goals in life, they make a tragic mistake. When choosing a goal in life, one should focus not on socially accepted dogmas, but on a specific person, on his personal feeling of happiness. And if a child understands that his happiness, say, is to work as a salesman, he should not interfere.

The purpose of life will never be achieved if life is not joyful.Money, let’s say, brings fame, women, but no happiness! From the outside it may seem that you have achieved everything in life, and you cry at night. And these tears wash away all the outer joys of life.

God helps man to choose his personal happiness. He gives the feeling that life is going right when a person finds that business or that love that will bring him happiness.

But often at this very moment, a person begins to look back at the society around him and feel shy. It seems to him that his work is not prestigious or low-paid.That a woman is not the last in his life, they will be better. Etc.

Whether you are a believer or an atheist, in any case the main landmark on the road to happiness is within you, not outside.

There is only one case when a person can give up his happiness: if it gives rise to the misfortunes of others. In all other cases happiness is neither bad, nor unworthy, not prestigious, and so on. Happiness is individual. Therefore, it is beyond comparison.

The feeling of one’s own happiness is the main and only guideline when choosing a goal in life.

If you forget about it, then not the sufferings in which the soul grows will begin, but wild and senseless longing, into which the soul will poke, unable to find the path on which the Creator put it.

Isn’t it very helpful that right after the chapter “The Purpose of Life” is chapter “Values”? Do I need to explain that this is not only the logic of the alphabet, but also wisdom?

This text is an introductory fragment.

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Read online “Strong people” – by Viktor Zubenko

If you want to become someone in life, but do not dare, you are waiting for a sign from above, then here it is. Go and become what you want!

Everything will work out!

What the book is about

The book is addressed to those people who want to fly, not crawl, live, not exist.

Mission – to make the world a better place.

The goal is to prove to people that everything is possible in life! Any goals and desires are achievable if you develop the three necessary personality traits.

The goal is to show people that the idea that success books are ineffective is false. You just need to focus on three main things.

Sources for creating this book are the author’s personal experience, stories of successful people from the inner circle, examples of famous world achievements of outstanding personalities, analysis of many books about success, expert advice on personal growth.

P.S. The book does not claim to be original, and the author is not a role model. I am a person who works on himself and tries to change for the better.

1. What success will be discussed

Have you ever wondered what the word success means to you personally? What are the criteria for determining that a person is successful? We all strive to be successful, but we do not fully understand the meaning of this concept.

For many people, success is a career. They work hard, reaching heights in their field. At the same time, many have chaos in relations with loved ones, an emptiness in the soul. Can you call these people successful?

Many consider themselves successful because they have a high material wealth.For them, a gold toilet bowl in the toilet is a common thing. However, they are unhappy in family relationships. Are they successful people?

Some people travel the world and consider themselves successful. They are in beautiful cities and exotic places inaccessible to an ordinary person. Are they successful people?

Or maybe those people are successful who just go to work, for whom family values ​​are important? Or maybe those people who strive for self-realization and self-development? Or those who want to grow spiritually and serve other people?

The answer is simple: everyone is right.They are correct in their individual, personal understanding of success. Each person has his own worldview and understanding of success, depending on personal characteristics, such as ambition, emotionality, temperament, and many others. others. Someone just needs the title of the best plumber in a local school, while someone is not enough with the status of a movie star. Someone is glad that at home his wife and children are waiting for him, and someone passionately strives for the love of the population of the whole earth. For some, a piece of bread without butter is the most desirable food, but for others a million dollars is not money! For some, success is an opportunity to help people and feel needed, for others – to guard a chest with randomly found gold bars.

I believe everyone will agree that a successful person is a person who achieves its goals. And the goals of people are completely different.

Conclusion. In this book, we will consider a successful person to be a person who achieves set goals and achieves results. In any area of ​​life. A successful person is always responsible for his actions and the results of his activities.

This book can teach you how to achieve your goals, how to become a successful person, a strong person.

In other words, if you want to fly, have wings!

2. Recipes for achieving success in life. Why are they?

I have read many books on the psychology of success, achieving wealth and personal growth. About two thousand students of the law school, where I work, with whom I talked about success in life, passed through me. I spoke with businessmen, politicians and successful people from various spheres of social activity. I can conclude that books about personal growth, achieving wealth and well-being, about finding happiness are very necessary for people, not only needed, but also have a high motivational value.However, are millions of readers of success books becoming harmonious and happy personalities? Are they marching from success to success? From a million dollars to a million dollars? Unlikely.

You have read a book with the tempting title “Ten Fantastic Ways to Succeed” or “A Million Dollars – in Six Months.” You have made a firm decision to immediately follow the author’s recommendations. And then something happens that always happens: that is, nothing happens. The first impulse loses its strength. It happens that someone lasts for three to four weeks or several months.However, activity falls, everyday problems force distractions.

What’s going on? Will not books, sometimes based on the rich practical experience of the authors and containing sound advice, make us successful?

Let’s look at an example.

Plumber, 45 years old, lives with his wife and two children in a small town with a population of 150 thousand people, has a bad relationship with his immediate manager, took a mortgage on an apartment for 15 years, paid the installment for only five years.

Entrepreneur, 30 years old, lives in a big city, has difficulties in relations with a co-owner of a small business, marriage is on the verge of divorce, dreams of becoming the sole owner of a branded shoe store, but does not have enough money of his own to buy premises.

Is there one recipe for solving problems and achieving success for these two people? Of course not. Success, like the path to it, is always individual. Features of biography and character, psychological type, life experience, starting positions – all this matters for the ways, forms and methods of achieving success.

In other words, nature is abundant. God loves everyone without exception. That is why the Almighty has endowed man with three unique qualities. Applying these qualities, a plumber, a welder, a garbage man, a housewife, a school teacher, an athlete, and anyone else, can reach a higher level of their life.

Conclusion. Success books benefit readers. However, you shouldn’t treat books as direct guides. It is important to see the essence of things. Any book about achieving wealth, happiness and well-being in life contains three basic truths that readers either do not notice or do not give them due importance.

However, “solitude with a book is better than company with a fool.

(Pierre Baust)

3. Three basic human qualities that can lead to success in any business

The natural desire of every person is to strive for happiness, success, well-being. What does success depend on? Analyzing my life experience, the experience of successful people around me (businessmen, politicians, leaders of various levels and fields of activity, lawyers, teachers, recognized in my city and region, etc.)after studying a huge amount of material about success, I make an unequivocal conclusion: the fundamental quality that leads a person to success in any field is the goal (dream). Many experts, success trainers, coaches, other magicians in the field of well-being, joy, money and happiness will say that a dream and a goal are not the same, they are different things.

I do not argue with anyone, I do not prove anything to anyone. I just write about clear and simple things that can help any ordinary person to become successful.I walked this path myself, having experienced many disappointments and overcoming many obstacles. Dear reader, do not complicate your life on the way to success with theoretical problems like “a dream is something big and distant and consists of many goals.” The principle operates in life: the simpler, the more effective! The simplest things are brilliant. So, the American housewife Joy Mangano, the real embodiment of a brilliant woman, became very rich by inventing the simplest thing – a mop. Yes, the mop. Self-wringing mop.What could be easier?

Imagine an airplane that took off without a commander at the helm, without a command, without a clear destination. Where will such a plane fly? Nowhere. It will break, and that’s it.

Any person who has achieved success to the question “What does it take to become successful, happy and wealthy?” will answer: first of all, it is necessary to set a goal to become such a person. A goal that will inspire, for which you will happily work, overcome any obstacles, move mountains if necessary.Setting life goals is the first and most important step in managing your life. What is purpose?


Target

A goal is the destination you want to reach. Just as an airplane pilot should clearly know at which airport he needs to land, so you should be aware of what you want out of life!

Goals like “I want to be happy”, “I want to be rich”, “I want to be successful”, “I want to be cool” and everything like that are not goals, they are a waste of time and wasted mental stress.You will remain who you are. Nothing will change. Goals: “I want to be rich” (have a network of hairdressers and $ 20,000 a month), “I want to have a happy family” (a wife and two children), “I want to become a traveler” (visit 20 exotic countries of the world), “I want to become famous on the whole world is a film actor ”,“ I want to become the world champion in powerlifting ”- these are the real goals. The school teacher has a dream to become the headmaster of the school. Please set a goal for yourself and become a director. An electrician of the second category can dream of becoming a specialist of the first category.No problem, set an appropriate goal and you will become an excellent specialist, if not at your company, then at another.

A purposeless life is a boring and gloomy existence. The goal, on the other hand, encourages, inspires, makes you start a new day. It will help you overcome difficulties in life, and you will know where you are striving, which port you want to enter.

The world does not remember people who do not ask for anything from life, sitting their time on the bench. The world remembers those who had goals and who fought for their success, strived forward, in spite of all life’s vicissitudes.

Purpose shapes the personality of a person. Personality deserves respect. It is personalities that change the world, the fate of other people, and reach the heights of success.

Conclusion. Nobody else but yourself guarantees success. Statistically, approximately 3-5 percent of people write down their goals on paper. It is these people who reach the greatest heights in their lives. Become a person, do not be afraid to set the most daring goals, do not stop, always move only forward.

In other words, people who cannot do anything in their life will tell you that you cannot.But you set a goal – and achieve it!


Vera

The second important component of the magic elixir, which is necessary to achieve success in everything and always, is faith in yourself. Belief in oneself and one’s strength gives a person stability in achieving goals, invulnerability from failures and judgmental opinions. Belief in yourself gives strength to overcome any external and internal obstacles.

Belief in oneself is one of the forms of a human relationship to oneself. If a person does not believe in his own strengths and capabilities, he will never achieve lofty goals.Never.

We are created in the image and likeness of God. All the best that only exists on earth is in us. We can do everything. Everyone has an innate sense of faith. Only one realizes and realizes his faith in the outside world, and the other does not.

Belief in oneself gives a person enormous strength, endless internal energy, which allows him to reach incredible heights, to do the impossible. Belief in oneself and one’s strength is the basis of personality, an inner core that does not allow a person to break down, to deviate from his goals.Believing in yourself means not limiting your soul. When we believe in ourselves, we talk to our soul, feel it, understand it. Awareness of our talents and capabilities becomes available to us. Everything seems to work out by itself, okay. And on the contrary, when a person loses faith in himself, the connection with the soul, with its strength is blocked, everything falls out of hand, there is no energy, despondency, apathy, depression sets in. Loss of faith in oneself is often followed by the collapse of life.

Points to remember:

– a soul with great potential is immortal;

– man was created in the image and likeness of the Creator;

– a person has talents, abilities, qualities that are in the most outstanding person;

– a person was born for worthy goals: to enjoy life, to reveal their potential, to learn the laws of this world, to learn to achieve success in everything and make the world a better place.

If you take a small step up every day, try to become better, form your own merits, you can be sure that you can do almost everything in this life.

Conclusion. There are people, from communication with whom wings grow. They are confident in themselves. And there are people who will do everything to make you lose heart. Self-confidence is necessary for every person. Successful people believe in themselves. Even when it seems that the whole world is crumbling, they believe in themselves. And they succeed.

In other words, believe in yourself. Everything will work out!


Discipline

Discipline. How we do not love her! However, no one will ever succeed if they do not disciplinedly move in the direction of the intended goal! Nobody ever! The lottery doesn’t count. Anything that accidentally comes, just as suddenly leaves.

So, the third basic component of personality required for success is discipline!

Let’s give this definition: discipline is the systematic adherence to certain rules and the implementation of certain actions to achieve certain goals (desired results).Discipline is a product of our desire, that is, goals (dreams). If we desire something very strongly, it will discipline us in the process of achieving what we want.

No spiritual, personal growth is possible without discipline. Without personal discipline, it is impossible to get a promotion at work, become a good husband or wife, create a successful business, become a city or country champion in billiards. Any growth requires changes in the person himself. Demands victory over oneself. If a person can control his behavior, not be distracted from the goal by any circumstances and external factors, cultivate willpower and submit to his own order of things, then this is a disciplined person, and he will achieve his goal.It’s just a matter of time.

As a graduate of an educational institution of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, as a person with military training, I can say that discipline is a person’s readiness and ability to perform assigned tasks efficiently, accurately and on time. Success is achieved by disciplined people who control their actions, who know how to direct their energy in the direction necessary to achieve the set goal and keep it for as long as necessary.

Discipline is the ability to interact with time to be enough for everything.

Discipline is the ability to fulfill your obligations.

Discipline is the ability to focus on the essentials.

Discipline is the cornerstone of any business.

Discipline is the best quality of the best people.

Discipline will ensure rapid progress towards the intended goal. If you disciplined yourself towards your goal, you will push the boundaries of opportunity, the boundaries of time. You will understand what is primary and what is secondary.

If I ask, is the general of the military a successful person? I am sure the answer is yes. Is the world boxing champion a successful person? And the head of a large corporation? All these people are undoubtedly distinguished by serious self-organization. This is a fundamental quality for success. Without discipline, nothing will work. An undisciplined person will not even be able to follow a diet to maintain their health.

Writing a book also requires the personal discipline of the author.Despite the workload: work at the university, business, monitoring personal investment projects, playing sports, meeting people, family responsibilities – I have established clear rules for working on the book. How did I manage it? I set a goal for myself: to write a book. I believed that I could do it. I planned my schedule so that at the end of the working day I would spend an hour reading a book. And disciplined, in spite of everything, he adhered to his plan. If, due to some important circumstances, I could not at all allocate an hour to work on a book, I disciplined myself to continue working on it the next day.It’s easy to plan your schedule conveniently.

Discipline as one of the traits of a human character is quite easy to educate in oneself – self-control is simply necessary: ​​make up a daily routine and try to adhere to it. Over time, you will become a disciplined and efficient person to follow your routine precisely.

Conclusion: people who have achieved good results in their lives have an important character trait – discipline. A senior accountant, a lawyer of the highest category, a member of the Academy of Sciences, a police colonel, a husband who loves his strong family, a clergyman, a law-abiding citizen – all these people are disciplined.

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SMART targets. 10 Easy Steps to Your Career and Personal Life Goals (S.J. Scott)

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S.M.A.R.T. Goals Made Simple – 10 Steps to Master Your Personal and Career Goals (Productive Habits) S.J. Scott 2014

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The biggest problem with big plans is that they very rarely come to fruition.Loss of motivation, lack of time, lack of confidence in our abilities and even simple forgetfulness prevent us from changing our lives for the better year after year. This book bridges the gap between “dreaming” and “doing”. In it you will find a simple and logical methodology for achieving any goals. Breaking down the process into steps, the author explains how to make the implementation of plans part of your daily routine, how to find time, stay motivated, take control of your life – and gradually achieve everything you have dreamed of for so long.

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SJ Scott is a personal development specialist, coach, author of numerous books on improvement in various areas of life – from career and family to rational thinking and spiritual practices.

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