Finding our purpose

John Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Your success is defined by your desire to reach your potential.

Lactantius - Christian author who became an advisor to the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine I

For they say that the course of human life resembles the letter Y, because every one of men, when he has reached the threshold of early youth, and has arrived at the place "where the way divides itself into two parts," is in doubt, and hesitates, and does not know to which side he should rather turn himself.

John Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

It's not what happens to you, it's not what happens to me, it's what happens in us that's make the difference in this crisis.

John Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

Wisdom is always extracted from adversity.

Michelle Segar - American behavioral sustainability scientist, author, and speaker

Logic doesn’t motivate us—emotions do.

Darren Hardy - American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine

Forget about willpower. It's time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You've got to want something, and know why you want it, or you'll end up giving up too easily.

Jocelyn K. Glei - Writer who's obsessed with work, careers & creativity

Personal purpose, start with these questions: How will the world be better off thanks to you having been on this earth? What are your unique gifts and superpowers? Who have you been when you’ve been at your best? Who must you fearlessly become? At the intersection of these four questions lies your personal purpose.

Rumi - 13th-century Persian poet

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

Mark Divine - Creator and founder of SEALFIT and The Unbeatable Mind Academy

It takes discipline to focus only on high-value targets instead of giving in to the temptation of the low-hanging fruit life serves up daily.

William B. Irvine - Professor of philosophy at Wright State University

It is, after all, hard to know what to choose when you aren’t really sure what you want.

David Emerald Womeldorff - Celebrated creator of leadership frameworks proven to powerfully boost teamwork and productivity

A Creator is vision-focused and passion-motivated. To really live into your Creator self, you are called to do the inner work necessary to find your own sense of purpose-whatever touches your heart and holds meaning for you.

Friedrich Nietzsche - German philosopher, whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered on a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion

Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived. Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.

Viktor Frankl - Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Viktor Frankl - Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor

Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.

David Deida - American author who writes about the sexual and spiritual growth of men and women

Every man knows that his highest purpose in life cannot be reduced to any particular relationship. If a man prioritizes his relationship over his highest purpose, he weakens himself, disserves the universe, and cheats his woman of an authentic man who can offer his full, undivided presence.

David Deida - American author who writes about the sexual and spiritual growth of men and women

If you don’t know your purpose, discover it, now.
The core of your life is your purpose. Everything in your life, from your diet to your career, must be aligned with your purpose if you are to act with coherence and integrity in the world. If you know your purpose, your deepest desire, then the secret of success is to discipline your life so that you support your deepest purpose and minimize distractions and detours.

Steven Pressfield - American author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays

Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

Robin Sharma - Canadian writer, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series

We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.

Richard John Koch - British management consultant, venture capital investor and author of books on management, marketing and lifestyle

Who you work for is more important than what you do.

Wallace Delois Wattles - American New Thought writer

The purpose of life for man is growth, just as the purpose of life for trees and plants is growth.

Abraham Harold Maslow - American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization

If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life. You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities.

Abraham Harold Maslow - American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization

What one can be one must be!

Don Miguel Ruiz - Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are.

Sonia Choquette - Globally celebrated and dynamic spiritual teacher, six-sensory consultant, enchanting storyteller, and transformational visionary guide

If you’re on the right track doing what serves your soul, then you’re going to feel good, relaxed, and peaceful. Your heart will beat steadily, your energy will remain high, and you’ll be relatively free from aches, pains, anxiety, or stress.

Atul Gawande - American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher

The battle of being mortal is the battle to maintain the integrity of one’s life—to avoid becoming so diminished or dissipated or subjugated that who you are becomes disconnected from who you were or who you want to be.

Tal Ben-Shahar - American and Israeli teacher, and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership

Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Calvin C. Newport - Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University and the author of self-improvement books

Who you are, what you think, feel, and do, what you love—is the sum of what you focus on.

Sonja Lyubomirsky - American professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the bestseller The How of Happiness

Find a happy person, and you will find a project.

Matthew Kelly - One of the great thought leaders of our time. His enormous success as an author, speaker, and business consultant is the result of his comprehensive worldview which springs forth from the single idea that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves

Whether you are sixteen or sixty, the rest of your life is ahead of you. You cannot change one moment of your past, but you can change your whole future. Now is your time.

Matthew Kelly - One of the great thought leaders of our time. His enormous success as an author, speaker, and business consultant is the result of his comprehensive worldview which springs forth from the single idea that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves

Whether you are sixteen or sixty, the rest of your life is ahead of you. You cannot change one moment of your past, but you can change your whole future. Now is your time.

Matthew Kelly - One of the great thought leaders of our time. His enormous success as an author, speaker, and business consultant is the result of his comprehensive worldview which springs forth from the single idea that we are each here to become the-very-best-version-of-ourselves

For the day we accept that we have chosen to choose our choices is the day we cast off the shackles of victimhood and are set free to pursue the lives we were born to live. Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.

Carlos Castaneda - American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly with a group whose lineage descended from the Toltecs

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.