Jun 19, 2010

How to live a purposeful life

Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating.

--Quote from Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

The message from this truly inspiring book is that you can follow your passion to seek a higher purpose in life despite opposition from your family and society. It says, wake up Sid! Don’t be content with just eating, sleeping, making money and spending it. There is more to life...you can always strive to make yourself better.

A purposeful life is one which
makes you feel alive, and also make this world a better place to live. So here is a list of 5 ways to live a life worth living:

1. Find your calling
The tragedy of life is not death, the tragedy of life is what we allow to die inside us while we live.

--Dr. Normal Cousins

Have you ever asked yourself: Am I living the life I want to live? If yes, then ok, otherwise read on: To make your life fulfilling, you need to find your true calling where your talent can be put to best use. But it’s easier said than done. It may take you years to find it and that too if you really want to (even though it’s already inside you).

This is the most important and most difficult task in living a purposeful life and which can make all the difference to your life. You should also read this wonderful post about finding your calling by Hunter Nuttall.

2. Never stop dreaming
When we talk of dreams, the first thought which comes to mind is the quote from the bestselling book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

However, to make your dream a reality you need to be obsessively passionate because it’s usually a lonely journey. You also require lots of self-belief, patience, and ability to take criticism in your face (because others will sometimes let you down).

But remember, it is indeed possible to turn your dreams into a reality. Again The Alchemist says,

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

3. Learn to take risks
“When you move beyond your fear, you feel free”

--A quote from Who Moved My Cheese

To try new things and take on new challenges, one needs to come out of the comfort zone. This concept of coming out of your comfort zone and embracing new changes in life is best described by Spencer Johnson in the short story Who Moved my Cheese.

What if someone fails?...nothing to worry about because failure does not mean that you’ve accomplished nothing, rather it means you’ve learned something. Failure doesn’t mean that you can never make it, rather it means that you’ve an excuse to start over again.

4. Be ethical
Never compromise on integrity. It will give you inner peace.

5. Become Environment friendly
Living a life with purpose also means showing concern for the environmental consequences of our mass consumption lifestyles. Understand that every one of us can contribute towards the environment in small ways. The best way in which you can contribute towards environment is to use fewer resources and not to waste anything. Put simply, use anything and everything until it wears out.

6. Contribute towards social Justice by Living a simple life
Life is simple but we insist on making it complicated.


Simple living is about frugality, about non-consumerist lifestyle, being environmental friendly and also about social justice… What? Social Justice!! Yes, read Richard Gregg’s views:

“ The first step I can take to cut down my share in exploitation is to live simply. All luxuries require unnecessary labour, as John Woolman so clearly showed. The production and consumption of luxuries divert labor and capital from tasks which are socially more productive and beneficial; they often take land away from wise use; and they waste raw materials which might be used to better advantage.”

I hope this time you’ll surely write a few words telling me how did you like this post?

Also see:

1. How to live a simple life
4 other ways to live a simple life
Savings: A step towards sustainable living
My new year resolutions for 2010


  1. What a beautiful article and so much to learn from here. I have taken up my hidden passion for Guitar recently & am learning now always been passionate about music.

  2. AnonymousJune 20, 2010

    Wonderful post yet again. I fully agree with your views on simple living.

  3. AnonymousJune 20, 2010


    This is really one of the best post of this blog. These all points are true and very inspiring. Living a simple life really has its benefits but in todays world we are getting used to a complicated life style. But just a little change in our lifestyle and thinking can make a huge difference.


  4. Of late, not many seem to talk about being ethical and being frugal...thanks a lot for this wonderful post :)

  5. thanks for posting inspiring article.
    Yes, one should live with purpose. My life is just automatic, eating, sleeping, earning money, saving money, entertainment. Not sure, when I will come out of this trap and feel great about myself.
    I hope one day, I will...

  6. truly an inspiring, motivational article.living an extraordinary and powerful , empowering life , is wat we cal as living a life with purpose.

    It intrigues me to introspect the way am leading my life and calls me for an action

    Truly an amazing & wonderful post :)

  7. great post.. and the best part is, i don't know about others.. but i came here looking for how to make investments.. and am going back reflecting on something totally different.. not that it's something new.. just something we need to think about every once in a while..


  8. I came here for some time spend while waiting at airport and this article indeed made me relook at puropose of life.

    I am feeling so good thanks for this post


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