Life Purpose


Resumes don't make you safe. Credentials don't make you safe. Only passion is your ticket to stability. Everything in the world can change, except your true nature. You were born to do what you were born to do.

Tama J Kieves

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Pablo Picasso

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If youíre alive it isnít.

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t.

Richard Bach

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.

Orison Swett Marden

You might earn a living with your pursuits or you might not, but you can recognize that this is not really the point. And at the end of your days, you can thank creativity for having blessed you with a charmed, interesting, passionate existence.

Elizabeth Gilbert, from Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, p41-42

Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need.

Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.

Frederick Buechner

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

People say, “The joy is in the journey,” but they rarely understand what they are saying. You are in this focused time/space reality with goals and objectives that call you because as you identify a desire it literally summons life through you. Life summoning through you is what it’s all about —it’s not the completion of anything.

Abraham-Hicks, excerpted from Chicago, IL on November 1, 1998

I’ve learned that “Do what you love and the money will come” doesn't mean you’ll get wealthy; it means the Universe will provide you with basic needs. ‘Enough’ is plenty if it equates living a richly authentic life true to your talents.

Annie Zalezsak, April 26, 2016

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.

Parker J. Palmer

Whatever purifies you is the right path. - Rumi

The calling on your life is irrevocable. Your shortcomings, your failures cannot undo the plan that was ordained for you.

Joel Osteen

Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.

Studs Terkel

A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his soul so as to unite him with Source. A man’s highest calling is to protect woman so she is free to walk the earth unharmed.

Cherokee Proverb

The real winner is whoever has the most interesting, fulfilling work.

John Groom

The Body thinks it has an agenda that is important. And the Mind imagines that its agenda is vital to your survival. But the older you get the more you realize that it is the Soul’s agenda, and only the Soul’s agenda, that matters.

Neale Donald Walsch

The feeling, "this can't be it", is a very powerful form of prayer. It's the agony of the separated self longing for reunion with wholeness. It's the call of your soul urging you to return to your own path and purpose. It's the force of evolution driving you home. Do not try to deny or override your divine discontent. Heed its call. Knowing "this can't be it" implies that somewhere inside you, you DO know what IS it.

Alan Cohen, from Handle with Prayer

A very good career choice would be to gravitate toward those activities and to embrace those desires that harmonize with your core intentions, which are freedom and growth – and joy. Make a ‘career’ of living a happy life rather than trying to find work that will produce enough income that you can do things with your money that will then make you happy. When feeling happy is of paramount importance to you – and what you do ‘for a living’ makes you happy – you have found the best of all combinations.

Abraham-Hicks, from the book Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth and Happiness

Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy – you’re right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Houston, TX on Saturday, January 5, 2002

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

Your true purpose is not something you have a choice about. Consider an oak tree. Does an oak tree wonder what it’s purpose is? Do you imagine it sits within its acorn debating whether to grow into an oak or a sycamore? Given some fertile ground, sunlight and water, the acorn will express itself as an oak tree. Guaranteed. Your ‘job’, so to speak, is to cultivate the conditions which anchor you in your own skin, fully and completely. Then, just like the oak tree, it is inevitable that you will branch out and express the beauty and magnificence that is uniquely yours.

Fiona Moore

Don't bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Franz Kafka

When people go to work they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.

Betty Bender

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Steve Jobs

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.

Emile Zola

The next morning I got up to go to work but I couldn't go. I missed this book too much. By expressing it, I came into being. My calling had reached a stage where it could not be extinguished altogether: the shape of no return. It was now deep in my cells that the only real enemy was separation from my call. Even if Huckster was right and I would die of starvation if I didn’t sell glass day and night what choice did I have? If I stopped honoring the call I died too. Better to die true. AS WE HONOR OUR CALLING WE GRANT IT MORE SPACE INSIDE OF US – at a certain point there is no way of escaping the inner beacon. Our calling begins to soak every aspect of our lives. Whatever the cost or inconvenience. We cannot live without our call because our call has become us.

from the book Soulshaping by Jeff Brown

None of us are too sensitive to live our purpose.

Sonia Choquette on, October 5, 2011

You have been oriented that you must pay a price in order to get somewhere, and in the process, you've come to believe that getting there must be really important, therefore, it must be your purpose. And we say, but if you're not getting to joy, then you've gotten nowhere. Joy is really where you're going.

Abraham-Hicks, from the workshop in Boca Raton, FL on Saturday, December 13, 2003

Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second. Then decide what to do with your time.

Naomi Shihab Nye

I am here to enjoy life. I am not here to suffer. I am here to be a dreamer, to be an artist, to be a seer. The mission of my life is to enjoy every single moment of my life.

don Miguel Ruiz

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Steve Jobs

The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.

Henry Moore

If you really want to be successful and you really want to be happy, don't have a job, have a purpose. …When you've got a purpose, the whole world is your office.

Robert Holden in Shift Happens show on Hay House Radio, 5 May 2011 (about Robert Holden)

A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!

Thomas A Kempis

So, the important thing for us to remember, when we're searching for right livelihood, is to stop looking for something to do, and start looking for something to be. And to get in touch with that part that resides deep inside of you that knows who you really are. And see what it would take to call that forth in a BEINGNESS way.

Neale Donald Walsch

It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.

Leo Buscaglia (about Leo Buscaglia)

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those.

Michael Nolan

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.

Antonio Machado

When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.

Betty Bender

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.


The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.


To the extent that your work takes into account the needs of the world, it will be menaingful; to the extent that through it you express your unique talents, it will be joyful.

from How to Find the Work You Love, by Laurence G Boldt

Where your deep gladness meets with the deep hunger of the world, there you will find a further calling.

Frederick Buechner

My mission is far greater. It is to make peace with the purpose assigned to my soul, to fully accept the spiritual side of my being.

from Soul Purpose, by Jackee Holder

Your soul doesn’t care what you do for a living - and when your life is over, neither will you. Your soul cares only about what you’re being while you’re doing whatever you’re doing.

from Conversations with God, Book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch

Those whose purpose does not match yours are not wrong; they have their mission, and finding their own purposeful way may involve many detours and acts that seem destructive.

from Real Magic, by Wayne Dyer

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

George Bernard Shaw

To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?

Katherine Graham

“God, please use me” is the most powerful affirmation we can say for an abundant career. It is the miracle-worker’s prayer. Everybody wants a great job. Accept that it’s already been given you. The fact that you’re alive means a function has been assigned to you: open your heart to everyone and everything. That way you’re a vessel of God. Don’t worry about what to say or what to do. He’ll let you know.

from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

When you are living on purpose, giving of yourself in a blissful way, your personality will reflect that bliss. You will manifest the necessary talent and intellect to fulfill your purpose. It will not require a struggle or a detailed worksheet of goals and objectives. Your ability to manifest changes in your own personhood is already intact. You are not going to acquire intelligence, talent, skills and confidence from outside of yourself. These are components that already reside within you. What you want to do is shift to a purposeful state, a state in which you feel inspired and significant. When this is your state of mind, then all you need in the way of personality characteristics will surface.

from Real Magic, by Wayne Dyer

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

Joseph Campbell

Each soul's entrance into material consciousness should represent to the entity the awareness that a universal consciousness, God, is aware of the entity's purposes, the entity's aims. And this consciousness represents an opportunity for the entity, in the material experience, to become a channel to glorify that purpose, that cause.

Edgar Cayce Reading 2622-1

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) American author and lecturer

Somewhere in your life there will be an overriding theme to your quest – some part of your desire that cannot be denied without a terrible cost to the very essence of what you are. Are you going to ignore it, or do you have the courage of your commitment and the confidence to demand that life, humanity, or circumstances give you what you want, with no other excuse, reason or apology other than that you demand it?

from The Trick to Money Is Having Some!, by Stuart Wilde

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 28th US President

If you aren't clear on what you want, then your mind will be clouded with shoulds. Thus, you will have more hurdles to surmount to get what you want. Even when you do work that you enjoy or love, you may still have that nagging feeling that you're not doing what you should be doing based on family, culture, community, society, peers and teachers.

When you take the time to clarify what you want, however, you're more likely to clearly ask for it and get it. In the end, the only thing you "should" be doing is whatever gives you the greatest amount of passion!

The Daily Guru

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish author and poet

Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals. Constant employment and well-paid labor produce general prosperity, content, and cheerfulness.

Daniel Webster

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) Founder of Success Magazine

When you heed the calling of your heart, you are following your purpose. Having purpose in your life gives you the courage to do the things you are meant to do. When you are purpose driven, you have learned to listen to your intutition and never let no get in your way.

from Change Your Life in 30 Days by Rhonda Britten

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Your prime purpose on earth is to help one another. If you can't help one another at least don't hurt one another.

Dalai Lama

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer, 'I am here to live out loud'.

Emile Zola

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him.

Albert Camus

Think you can’t change the world?  Too late, you already have.  It was changed for the better the minute you were born.  There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment.

Gail Pursell Elliott, ‘The Dignity and Respect Lady’

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Mother Teresa

Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here for the sake of other men.

Albert Einstein

Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of your self.

from Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World (p83), by John O’Donohue

A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.

Jean de la Fontaine

Don’t ask what the world needs, do what makes you come alive; because what the world needs most are people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

Morrie Schwartz

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.

Thomas Merton

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

Oprah Winfrey

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson

Why are we here? What is your purpose? Humans have sought to discover the meaning of life for a long time. What we and our ancestors have overlooked, however, in the course of this endless search, is that there is no answer. The meaning of life is different for every individual. Each person has his or her own purpose and distinct path, unique and separate from anyone else’s. As you travel your life path, you will be presented with numerous lessons that you will need to learn in order to fulfill that purpose.

The lessons you are presented with are specific to you; learning these lessons is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life. Once you have learned the basic lessons taught to you by your own body, you are ready for a more advanced teacher: the universe.

Andrew Adler

It is better to follow your own life mission however imperfectly than to assume the life mission of another person however successfully.

Bhagavad Gita

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Short Quotes

You can quit your job but you can’t quit your calling.

Lissa Rankin

What you seek is seeking you.


You work for God Incorporated.

Iyanla Vanzant

Whatever purifies you is the right path.


What do they need, that your talent can provide?

Jim Carrey