If you are new to my posts, you will see that I learn a lot from my children. This time the learning process started with a conversation centered around my oldest daughters college selection process. Her research took her to various universities YouTube channels. When she showed me the rich learning content contained within, I started browsing them as well.

As I browsed, I ran across a Ted Talk section in one of the university’s channel. I have to admit the title caught my eye as I was exploring other videos on Purpose after recently reading Daniel Pink’s book Drive where he describes the three keys to motivation being Purpose, Mastery and Autonomy.

A great summary of the book Drive is contained in this video by RSA Animates:

In addition a shorter summary is below:

So now back to PURPOSE. What Vic Strecher describes in his Ted Talk is not only the scientific research that is described in Drive but also the actual health benefits of having a Purpose. He describes these items through the lens of a father who lost his daughter at an early age and his journey around that.

Whether I speak with aging parents, cancer survivors or those battling difficult diseases and trauma, Vic’s descriptions of the health benefits of Purpose is right on target. In fact as I write this I realize that one one of my first blog entries was on the same platform I am writing today. Although, I am not suffering a traumatic health or life situation, I have seen the positive benefits of Purpose. In my website “Why?” statement, I am reminded of the bigger purpose of my second half and the desire to help others grow exponentially as well. Whether it is in your business, church, community, family or friends.

Purpose is an integral part of who we all are. Check out my Why / Purpose statement at http://www.100xLLC.com/why

Steve Johandes is an Innovation Designer, Relentless Optimist, Strategic Thinker and Passionate Advisor. Connect with Steve on LinkedIn here.

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