Finding Your Purpose

Finding my purpose has played an unimaginably important role in my life. It has also had a recursive quality because my purpose has become to help others to excellence, which, in the final analysis, means assisting them in discovering their purpose and working out the implications of that discovery.
I have arguably the greatest purpose possible because if the job of finding one’s purpose is life’s most important task, then assisting others in doing so is, perhaps, the best way possible that a person could spend his or her life.
Do you know what your purpose is? Know it for sure? Know it so deeply that large parts of your day are taken up in pursuit of the reason for which you now know you were put on the earth?
 “Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success,” someone said. Those are qualities that you will best be able to develop by becoming aware of who you are and discovering what your purpose in this world really is. The discovery may come as the result of a process, but most of us can describe the minute that we knew what we wanted out of life. 
If you don’t know your purpose or aren’t sure whether you do or not, it is my hope that my blog, my book, my life mastery course will help bring you to understanding. But the journey won’t necessarily be easy. Your pursuit of the answer to “What Is My Purpose?” will lead you upon sometimes difficult paths. The process of discovering your purpose is a pilgrimage of self-discovery.


It is not uncommon for people who are seeking their purpose to quit their jobs, change their careers, and in some cases emigrate to other parts of the world. Others have discovered realities about themselves that caused them to get married or divorced.
 You can only discover your purpose in an atmosphere of perfect personal integrity. You have to honestly ask difficult questions of yourself, make a searching and fearless inventory of your deepest desires and highest intentions, and then refine the answers until, with perfect truthfulness, they represent your actual passions. When undertaken earnestly and honestly, the hopeful and transforming results of finding your purpose will be worth any amount of effort because your discovery will support you in your journey by promoting processes of growth and change that will continue for the rest of your life. Oprah hit the nail on the head with the following words:


I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint — and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
On the other hand, living life with no purpose is not living at all. In the book Atlas Shrugged, one of Ayn Rand’s main characters is asked, “What is the most depraved kind of human being?” The answer came back that the most depraved kind of individual was, “A person without a purpose.” The reason for the answer was that “sadism, dictatorship, or any form of evil, is the consequence of a man’s evasion of reality. A consequence of his failure to think.”
Perhaps the greatest service a well-defined purpose will give you is the ability to think clearly. Someone said, “God gave us two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Heads you win; tails you lose.” There is something to that, for sure. Only to the extent that you are a person with a passionate purpose are you using your mind to its fullest capacity in moving your life towards success.
The destination is not the ultimate aim. The joy comes from the journey. Purpose is bound up in the process. 

Bon voyage!
Jim White, PhD
Author & Creator of What’s My Purpose?


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13 Responses to “Finding Your Purpose”

  1. Madison McGraw Says:

    Bravo, Jim.

  2. Lovely Obanor E Says:


  3. Judy Major Says:

    You’re right. The philosophers ask, “Why am I here?” We
    answer, “To serve.” However you define “serve” is your

  4. Laura Says:

    Am committed to focus inward and find my purpose! Thanks!

  5. Brian Roberts Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with your philosophy about finding
    purpose in your life. I’m 50 and have found purpose in my
    life,and that purpose is to serve others. I just celebrated
    six years clean from a drug addiction,that took me too the
    depths of hell I didn’t know existed.

    However,on this journey I learned lessons in life,that have
    helped me to find my true purpose in life.I’m enrolling in
    University to become a certified drug addiction counselor
    and I will achieve this goal by my 53rd birthday.

    Then I will serve those less fortunate,and help them to overcome
    their own addictions and become productive beings again,living
    with purpose in their lives.

    Thank you for your inspiration

  6. William Summerour Says:

    My purpose is helping individuals to learn how to give unconditional love. Not looking for something in return, this will help to re-balance this universe and and become a co-worker with God.. Hoping this program will assist me in accomplishing my mission.

    Blessed Be

  7. Leonard Says:

    How true! A major purpose gives you direction and a
    destination. If you don’t have a destination how will you
    know when you get there. When I was young we farmed -
    planting sugar beets as our main crop. We knew when we
    prepared properly and planted sugar beet seeds we would
    get sugar beets.Isn’t that amazing!You harvest what you
    sow.Without a purpose how do you know what to do???Regards.

  8. Ron Says:

    I will either find my real purpose, or, reaffirm what I
    believe my purpose is.

  9. Fred Says:

    I am 61 years old & I was fortunate enough to find a lady who does Life Direction readings. I have had a bit of an interest in healing during the last few years but was not sure what I was meant to do with this but interestingly enough this lady confirmed that one thing I am meant to do is create a new healing modality. I am now doing research towards achieving this. Whatr a challenge as I have spent my life so far in business.

  10. Othman Says:

    I think that is really true. Purpose No. 1 of our life is to find the purpose. That is not an easy task. Most people don’t discover their purpose and some don’t even care to think about it. But if we want to have a life of meaning and happiness, we must find our purpose and live accordingly. Thanks a lot for the great website.

  11. Hj.Harith Hj.Hamid Says:

    I am a man aged 65years old.
    After retirement from my service, most of the time I spent
    at home together with my beloved family to live the life I
    love to live ever since. However, I cannot stay complete
    statiscally doing nothing anyway.I have a constant feeling
    there is something missing within me. So I started navigating
    the Internet to look for opportunity that may strike chances
    for the better. Alas! I found numerous big names introduced
    by CEO Matt Morris of Success I realized
    what really I am looking for.Thank you, I a

  12. Danolene Johanessen Says:

    Hi Jim

    It is so true what you say about finding one’s purpose in life. So many people are so miserable in life because they are so consumed with truying to satisfy others and not themselves. I am a firm believer that when you have unlocked the gems and the giants inside of us we will be much more fulfilled as indivduals and we will be happier in life. I found my purpose in life and that is to help people unlock the gems and giants inside of them and so them how they can live a more fulfilled life. I also believed that I was called to come up with business ideas that will help people to become entrepreneurs and taking control of their lives.When we have more people living out their purpose we will have a society that will be more at ease with themselves and they will love themselves and others.I am standing with you and the others saying let’s reach people everyday so that the world can be a better place.

    Kind Regards
    Danolene Johanessen
    Vivacity - Bringing back the sparkle in the eye.

  13. Keith Cook Says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. Please continue to allow your talents to guide you. Much success in all you do!


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