How To Find Your Purpose (and you might cry too)

A friend sent an exercise to me titled “How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes” which immediately activated every skeptical muscle in my body. Yet I committed to trying the exercise.

It is an exercise to continue writing sentence after sentence until you find something that resonates with you…

…and makes you cry.

I didn’t think it would work, but I ended up in tears after my 18th iteration. I’m a bit nervous to share something like this, but here is what I ended up writing that made me tear up:

Connect as a real friend to people to give them the courage to create, help simplify the world to enable people to imagine new possibilities, and continuously be more brave in discovering the people and things that matter in my own life

I’m definitely still a bit skeptical of anyone who claims to have a defined purpose, but this exercise definitely brought to the surface something that means a lot to me – friendship – as a way of engaging with the world. I’m going to explore that more, especially as I am physically far from so many people, while always seeing which new people appear in my life.

I’d love to hear others experiences if they try the exercise. Let me know what happens.

About Paul Millerd

Paul is a writer, creator, and curious human that is passionate about how people can reimagine their relationship with work to do things that matter. He published The Pathless Path in 2022.

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