Five keys for crossing the desert of purpose

In my last article I gave you an overview of the hero’s journey, which is an archetype for finding and living purpose. The aspiring hero receives a call. She accepts it and commits. Eventually, she hits the desert — the long and lonely slog of commitment, hard...

The heart of purpose

I didn’t understand this as a child as my father’s thick, leather belt thrashed my soft backside and crushed my tender heart. I couldn’t conceive of it as I shrank from the rage in his eyes and hands. Had you told me this in high school as I observed jerks mocking and...

Climbing the REAL mountain of purpose

Over the past several months I’ve been quietly yet feverishly building something big and exciting behind the scenes. (To learn what it is, click here.) It’s a complex project. There are tons of moving parts, so many little decisions that need to be made along the way....

How to do self-compassion

Let me start from the beginning: Authentic Purpose is who you naturally are and what you naturally do when nothing gets in the way of it. Therefore, the secret to “finding” purpose is to remove all barriers to it. The primary barrier of purpose is fear. People are...

Memento mori

Imagine an existence with no death. You reach adulthood, and then you never grow old, your body never wears out. You never lose anyone you know to the great beyond. You have unlimited time to do and accomplish anything you can imagine. Want to become the CEO of a big...

Steel mill or show biz?

James was born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, the youngest son of Kathleen, a homemaker, and Percy, a musician and accountant. From a young age, James loved comedy, particularly impersonations. He had a dream to go into show business. At the age of ten, he wrote a letter...

The strange starting point of purpose

We take the whole damn thing too seriously. Life, I mean. I invite you to consider a possibility: What if the whole thing was just a game? What if… Culturally, we believe the universe, the plan, the framework of existence to be a serious endeavor. Screw it up...

The “x factor” of life purpose

A team of scientists had been working for years to develop a life purpose machine. Their idea was this: You step inside a chamber. A technician plays with the settings to give you exactly what you need in order to find and live your purpose to the fullest. When you...

Practically Crazy: How to turn your crazy into a career

We’re all crazy. Every one of us. But it’s a good crazy. We all have our own strangle little quirks, our particular way of looking at the world, our special gifts, our unique desires and dreams. We’re all passionate about different things. We all notice and are...