- What do you think your purpose is? How will you find it if you don’t know? How will you maintain or change it if you do know?
- What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
- What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
Everyone has a different purpose in life that could have been shaped by factors including the ways we were raised when we were younger or how the environment around us may have played a role during our teenage years. My purpose in life is to live life to its fullest and to help others, and while it may differ from that from my peers, I think the best way to find out your purpose is to explore and stay open to new things.
Some of the excuses I find myself using in my life include sayings like “I’ll just do it tomorrow” or “I don’t think I can do it because it’s too hard”- these sayings are just so natural for us to use on a daily basis during instances when we simply try to put off doing something, or just don’t believe in ourselves to accomplish those goals. Even though it’s easier said than done, the easiest way to combat these excuses is just to try. There’s no failure in just trying something out, and who knows, we might be better than we presumably thought we’d be. We can’t let something small discourage us from even attempting to pursue our goals and it’s our jobs as a society to encourage one another to take that step of courage and take action.
When Larry finishes his Ted talk with the word “unless”, he wants to leave his audience with the idea that “unless we change our perspectives/fear of failing” we won’t be able to accomplish all the great things in life such as pursuing our passions or taking chances. In similarity to Brene’s Brown concept in Rising Strong, Smith emphasizes the idea that we (everyone) will fail, and that we will look ridiculous at times, but if we don’t try, we essentially won’t have a successful career.