How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes | Adam Leipzig | TEDxMalibu

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Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

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42 thoughts on “How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes | Adam Leipzig | TEDxMalibu

  1. It is written in the sand
    The purpose of our life
    Millions of grains of sand

    If the sea‘d have erased it from the shore
    The grains will have whispered it to the drops
    And waves, the braking waves will sing
    The purpose of our life

    If the heat of day erased it from the surf
    Evaporating mist ‘ll carry it to the clouds
    Where they will paint it in amazing skies
    The purpose of our life

    The clouds will rain and
    And diamond beads will ornament the rose
    The rose's scent will tell it
    The purpose of our life

    But if we fail to find it
    In the sand or song of waves
    In the clouds or scent of roses
    The purpose of our life

    We may have to make it quiet
    And look deep within our heart
    Where it will be dancing all around
    The purpose of our life.

    If we do not find it in our hearts,
    We may have to return to sand
    It is written in the sand.

  2. Can I say I don't have Any purpose ? Because I know helping others won't help my life and it's easy for people to say that I had these dreams since the beginning because I had a life !

  3. Why this man is happy and outgoing is because he wants to help, and as he said, it's what makes us really happy. Looking at the first few comments below, I just envisage self-centered people speaking. That's why you didn't get what he said.

  4. Most of you Feedbackers and Commentators did not really grasp the message of this video thus the results of your disdain for this 5 minute presentation…Every great work, discovery, invention, investment, sacrifice, etc, etc, and it's subsequent impact and benefits on humanity always brought unlimited resources and abundance upon the people and their areas that were being served, and yet greater benefits to the one serving, Thus the one that served and taught to invest in bettering the lives of others would be the ones living life happier than the 80% of the population that we used his math and ratio to his Yale Graduated Peers.

  5. This made me think – I was feeling out of sorts and wondering what next. I answered the 5 questions and it brought me back to why I do what I do – design – to make beautiful spaces for people that makes me happy – it really did help – thank you

  6. Here's my aha moment: Nature does not make mistakes. Whatever you love doing, with ease, with a smile on your face, unemcumbered — this is what you should do. You may have more than one skill and passion but you can only do one thing (well) at a time. After you've followed your most burning passion / interest, you can still follow another one. To lessen your confusion, learn to prioritize your interests. Nature has already made you with inherent skills, interests; just follow nature's lead. If you find something really interesting it's because nature has already built-in the necessary skills for you to become accomplished.

  7. he raised the question but never really answered it, what if what you do doesn't really define yourself ! like even if it makes positive change to the end user of your services it doesn't make you feel better as you are not passionate about what you do ( like over 80% of population) people do what they do as they have to do to sustain themselves.

  8. OMG! THANK YOU THANK YOU! I've been in a fog trying to figure out what my life's purpose is.. And you did it in a few minutes! I'm a SERVER in a restaurant.. And my whole life, I've spent serving people, in a sense(not job wise but personally )to make them happy.. So that's my life's purpose : TO SERVE OTHERS.. now I just have to figure out how to do it and make a plan..

  9. Coming from TED this talk is really about nothing, just a bunch of slogans and clichées.
    Has TED already problems to find better content?

  10. Unfortunately this video isn’t that helpful. Like most people, as soon as I got to question 2 I was stuck! And unfortunately “what you do” isn’t related to what I want to do.

    However, I do feel there is something useful in this video. It was the fact that we gain satisfaction by creating value for others (when he said 3 out of the 5 questions are based on helping others). This is something that a few other people who have done TEDtalks on similar subjects have said.

    If you guys haven’t aready, I would suggest you watch “to find work you love, don’t follow your passion” & “how to find work you love” they’re both TEDtalks. Watching all three should give you a better idea of what to do next. For me, I think that will be finding something that is an intersection between something I enjoy doing, and something that creates value for others. Maybe this is the key. So, don’t just aim to find your passion, aim to find something that you enjoy that creates value. We all have lots of things that we enjoy 🙂 – whereas we may not all have that one thing that we’re so passionate about!

  11. 80% of people don't like their jobs… He's surprised? That's the national average… Myself included. As of it's easy, practical or even possible to find gainful employment doing the thing you love. Most of us have to do what's needed to get thru life, while passions take a back seat.

  12. As the Catholic Church has taught for over 2,000 years, and modern man has tragically dismissed and forgotten, man’s life purpose is to know God, love God and serve God in this life, and be with Him forever in the next.

    Both John the Baptist and Christ Jesus came preaching Penance for sin. Today, sin has been redefined as personal license, and as this speaker rightly reports, Man is miserable as a result.

    As the Master clearly claimed inextricably “Unless you eat My Body and drink My Blood, THERE IS NO LIFE IN YOU.” That is the Eucharist.

    Christ said, “Deny yourselves, take up your crosses daily and follow Me.” Where did He go? To the cross for His resurrection.

    The unexamined life is not worth living the speaker relates as common knowledge. For the Church, this is the Sacrament of Penance, the examination of conscience, which must of necessity precede worthy consumption of the Eucharist.

    Who knows this in the ranks of modernist theorists?

  13. I already know my purpose (live a holistic life…read books…build a house somewhere close to nature…) I m only interested to know how to achieve my goal ..

  14. There's a reason the presentation faltered at his third question. "Who do you do it for?" is a very difficult question. "For my children," "for my community," — those would be solid answers, but for today's generation of childless, anonymous adults, those answers are not available. But what other answer satisfies? "For my friends?" They call that an unhealthy dependence upon others, and with good reason. "…For myself…?" An honest answer, at least, but not one the presentation is designed to accept.

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