At its core, the idea of purpose is the idea that what we do matters to people other than ourselves. … In my “grit lexicon,” therefore, purpose means the intention to contribute to the well-being of others.*
Before a human being thinks of others, he must have been unapologetically himself; he must have taken the measure of his nature in order to master it and empty it for the benefit of others like himself.**
Rainer Maria Rilke
How do we find purpose?
It began with an irritating question:
What do I do well and I should focus on?
It turned into the pursuit of helping others.
It wasn’t as clean cut as Rainer Maria Rilke has it,
But I noticed that as I was discovering things about myself,
I wanted to help others to have their own
journeys of discovery.
I noticed that this was more important than anything else,
Even more important than the work within which I had uncovered my original
Growing purpose takes time,
And it’s always worth taking a closer look.
*Angela Duckworth’s Grit;
**Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters on Life.