This week a friend had posted this TedX video called How to Know Your Life Purpose on Facebook where Adam Leipzig, an entertainment executive (and author of Film Making in Action) presents five questions to the audience that answers this question. It’s well worth viewing.
Well I started to think and reflect on these five questions and wondered what my life purpose is about. I thought about the people in my life; the work and projects I’ve done; the companies I worked for and the experiences I undertook – and there were certain themes.
My biggest observation that was made evident to me is that people have said to me many times that “I’m an inspiration” or they “wish to have the courage to do what I do” or “to see things the way I do” (Really? Trust me, I see the absurd in things).
Of course, when I hear things like that, it makes me curious and my response is always a quizzical look. It seems bizarre to me.
Doesn’t everybody do what I do? Can’t everyone see what I see?
Of course I’m humbled when people do relay this feedback to me because it shows me that in our own way, we’re trying to make sense of things in our lives and our work.
At times, I think what I do is quite selfish in a way because it’s about me.
It’s about my learning.
It’s about my experience.
It’s about my reflections.
The only difference is that I share it publicly with some quirky perspective to it as a means of making sense of it.
If it means that this authentic and open (and sometimes, let’s face it, daunting) approach helps others find an answer to the questions they’re seeking OR give them the courage to do the same, then I feel I have achieved my purpose.
I answered the 5 questions here. I’d love it if you can do the same and share your life purpose too.