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Week 1 — On Purpose

Week 1 — On Purpose

  1. 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?
    1. My encompassing purpose in life — while somewhat abstract — is to be content and satisfied. I do not want to ever feel that I could have done more, but I want to work as hard as I can. I think as I continue to grow wiser, I will find a more definite purpose. While I do not know my purpose exactly, my goal currently is to do well in my courses, exams, and activities so that I will be able to attend medical school.
  2. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
    1. My continued excuses is revolved around my own self-esteem/self-doubt. I believe myself to be “not good enough.” That is, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not talented enough that I cannot achieve what I aim to do. It continues to hold me back and it impedes me from success. I quit piano, I stopped all sports I tried in my youth because I was “not good.” To combat this way of thinking, I remind myself that not everyone is perfect on the first try and that I should continue to work hard to achieve what my goal is.
  3. What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
    1. I think that Larry means that we are our own barriers, that nothing is holding ourselves back but our own insecurities. We can continue to have all these goals, but they are meaningless of we use the excuse “unless.” To achieve success, we have to overcome ourselves first.

Now for a question for all of you guys: what is your plan to achieve your “purpose” in life. If you do not know what your purpose is, what is your plan to achieve your next goal?

Week 1 – On Purpose

Week 1 – On Purpose

  1. 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?
  2. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
  3. 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.

Week 1: On Purpose

Week 1: On Purpose

Although it’s relatively soon in my life to be completely certain of my complete purpose in life, I believe that I have found one of my purposes when I was working at a daycare a few years ago – impacting the lives of others. I have always had a desire to help those around me and that is one of my main inspirations to become a doctor. But even more than that I strive to touch the lives of others in ways outside of providing them health care. I hope to travel and meet people whose lives are very different than mine and embrace their cultures and ways of finding happiness. To help this purpose of mine flourish I work every day to keep this goal in mind. My success would be being able to reach out to people all over the world and I keep that with me through all of the work I put in for school and other things.

A common excuse I find myself using is that I’m just “too busy” and that is what I put my procrastination off on. But truly, I have so much time I could be using more wisely and I really need to keep that in mind. Anytime I get off track I need to remind myself that I’m here and I’m here to succeed.

I believe Strecher uses the word “unless” at the end of his talk to remind us that nothing is certain in our lives. He wants us to know that there are going to be many obstacles, but these obstacles are not impossible to overcome. I believe he wants us to know that we can accomplish anything, even when all of the odds are against us.

My question for the group is: do you think we have one sole purpose or do you think life is about discovering the multiple purposes that make each one of us who we are?

Week 1 – On Purpose

Week 1 – On Purpose

1.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?
Although I do not know the exact path that I am meant to travel, I believe that my broad purpose in life is to help others. This is why I am so drawn to the health care industry; it is all about curing others and assisting them to the best of our ability. For me, there is no greater joy than being the reason that someone smiles, and this is what drives me to maintain my purpose. I know it is impossible to bring happiness to everyone’s life in this huge world, especially one filled with so much despair, but every person that I affect positively will remind me of the reason that I am here and will motivate me to continue my purpose.
2.What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
I frequently tell myself that I do not have enough time to put in all the hard work that is required to succeed, but in reality I spend lots of time on unnecessary activities. I put aside my responsibilities for pastimes that I find enjoyable, but they are not my passion. To combat against these excuses, I have to remind myself about my purpose in life and that my passion is what I need to fulfill that purpose.
3.What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”
My interpretation of the word “unless” is that it is never too late to chase our passion again. If a certain career is truly your passion, nothing should stop you from reaching it, even if there was a large break along the way.
My question for everyone is how do you know when you have found your passion in life, and is it possible to have multiple passions?

Week 1-On Purpose

Week 1-On Purpose

When one asks someone what their purpose in life is, they can’t always expect a simple answer. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint that one thing that your life on earth is supposed to be devoted to. For me, I don’t think I can really know for sure. I’ve hardly experienced what life has to offer. But, I believe to find one’s purpose, you find something that gives you fulfillment and joy beyond anything else. I’ve found a joy like this when I serve others. I’ve been told by others that I have a gift for working with and understanding children. Perhaps this is my purpose. I plan to explore the things that bring me joy in life and pursue a career in medicine and working with children.

I often find myself preventing myself from trying new things or taking risks because I’m afraid of failure, vulnerability, and not being ready or skilled enough. I counteract this by being optimistic, being more comfortable with vulnerability, and knowing that it’s okay to fail. I am learning to take risks because I know that it will only lead me to the goals I have for myself and to a life of happiness.

I found Larry’s choice to end the talk with unless interesting. The unless gives the audience the chance to look into themselves and think about what excuses they are making, and about how they can pursue their passion in their career in life.

Week 1 – On Purpose

Week 1 – On Purpose

To answer the question of what I think is “my purpose” is very challenging. I have not fully figured out what my purpose is yet, but what I do know is that I really enjoy working with kids and helping people. I feel that I can do this through practicing medicine; however, I am not one-hundred percent sure that this is my passion because I have had minimal experience. Thus, I would like to gain more experience while exploring other options outside my comfort zone to make sure that medicine is my true passion. The main excuses I have made are that I am sleeping/too lazy to do the work necessary to follow my passion or that I am not smart enough to be divergent from the status quo. The best way I can think of to combat my laziness is to think about how each step in my career brings me closer to my passion. Larry’s conclusion to his talk with the word “unless” leaves the audience with a cliffhanger in the middle of a phrase because each person has own unique ending to that sentence. The key is finding and knowing the right combination of words to complete it, catered to their specific self and interests.

Week 1- On Purpose

Week 1- On Purpose

  1. 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?
  2. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?
  3. What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”

My purpose in life is a concept that I’ve never thought about well other than the religious aspect of it. Thinking about it now makes me realize that I don’t actually have one yet. I think this is due to being in the same environment for almost all of my life as well as having no real mentor (career wise) in my life. There’s my father who is the person that I try to mimic most of my personality traits. Things like being honest, caring, trustworthy, hardworking and an all around great guy. However, life never gave him the opportunity to think about his passions so he just works for family. I think I’ll be able to find it if I go out and experience things out of my comfort zone or things that are just different.

I have used many excuses throughout my life from the real to the ridiculous. Usually, I blame it on my laziness or do the mistake of comparing myself to others (because everyone is different). I combat these excuses by just picturing myself at the end goal whatever it might be and see the reactions of my friends and family. It gives me a very big morale boost. At the end of the TED talk, I believe Larry finishes it with “unless” to get the audience thinking of what they can do in order to have a great career. People learn more when they come up with the solution themselves rather than getting the answer hand fed. My question for you all is how has your role model who ever it might be, helped your path to finding a purpose?

Week 1-On Purpose: Johnathan Nguyen

Week 1-On Purpose: Johnathan Nguyen

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?”

I was the struck with the idea of “what is MY PURPOSE in life?” I haven’t really thought much of it until Dr. Strecher heavily emphasized that I am the one who gets to decide what steps I take to to have a purpose which revolves around having a goal along with what my values are. I think my purpose in life is to grow up, learn, serve, and give back to people like my mom who gave her all, my family, my friends, my community, and those who have helped walk and guide me where I stand today. I could have not possibly have made it to Michigan without the encouragement and support of those who would believe in me even though I may have doubts at times.  I’m still in the hazy process of determining what my purpose in life is. Things that I might do I’m still unsure would be explore. I am in control of my life and I need to get the full experience of this world to truly figure out where my passions lay. Sticking with my current purpose now, I would maintain it by always striving to do well in school and hope to come back and serve those who has given me the encouragement and support to get here. 

Excuses that I have used is that I always have time to figure stuff out and procrastinate a bit. That’s not true sometimes. Also, I would discourage myself many times when I didn’t do as well as I hope so I would use the excuse of a bad experience or failure to explain that I am not good enough for this. In order to combat this, I have to remind myself that I got here to Michigan for a reason. We are the Leaders and the Best. Talk to someone, find support and encouragement within the community. Nice thoughts are what always keep me going. 

After watching the video of the Ted Talk by Larry, he ended on a particular word which is “Unless…” I think that this cliffhanger word leaves us to answer what I need to do get a great job. We as a people have to make some changes in our lives in order to get that job that we so desire using our goals and values to make a purpose and impact in our lives. We need to make the most of it in order to be successful. 

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  1. 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?

Sitting in lecture brought up some introspective moments. We looked inside ourselves to find the main reason we all enrolled into the University of Michigan. We tried to find the one reason that made us choose to come to such a challenging university. From wanting to be a part of a bigger community to simply wanting to be able to say Go Blue everywhere, we all have our different purposes. My purpose in life is to make the people who love me proud. I want to work hard and give all the people who have put their faith in me a reason to continue. Finding this reason was not easy, and it took a lot of time. I had to think through all the things that truly mattered to me, and start seeing what encompassed everything I cared about. The two key concepts that continue to drive me towards my purpose are motivation to put a smile on my family’s face, and persistence to keep that smile there. My goal is to work hard at everything I do, and hopefully that will lead me to my purpose.

  1. What excuses do you use in your life? How can you combat against these excuses and continue to push forward toward your passion?

The excuses I always use are “This doesn’t matter” or “I will do it later.” Instead of working hard at every little assignment or task I have in life, sometimes I slack off. I don’t always give my 100% if the topic isn’t interesting to me. In order to truly excel in the way, I want too, I know I have to rid those bad habits. The only bad part is, this is all easier said than done.

  1. What do you think Larry means when he finishes his talk with the word “unless?”

By ending the talk with the word “unless,” Larry hooked in all the listeners. It made us think “What can we do, so we don’t fail at life?” He wanted us to think about what the “unless” was for our lives. He wanted us to not forget about the talk after it ended and try and find a path that will lead us to a successful and happy life.