Hope, Purpose and Reasons to Live

Simon Sinek is a motivational speaker and author who writes about leadership from an individual perspective and also from an organisational perspective. In his book Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action. Sinek discusses the concept of “purpose” or the “why” in life, and having a very clear direction and reason for “doing what you do, and why you do it”. In business, you need a reason for why you provide the product or service that you provide. Such as, if you ran an airline and want to provide the best service in the industry, with no crashes on record. Or as an individual, you want to help people, or you want to be the best parent that you can possibly be.

If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.

According to Sinek in his book, great leaders are those who care about the people that they’re leading. They have a vision to go forward but they also have the awareness, emotional intelligence and strength to solve problems while looking after the people who work for you. Looking after those under you will bode well for a stronger future.

This concept of having a “why” or purpose is not new. It is deeply discussed and analysed by Viktor E. Frankl in his book Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust. Which explores the depths of the human psyche in the true account of Dr. Frankl, who was a survivor from Auschwitz, the Nazi Death Camp.

Finding Your Feet

Dr. Frankl, who became a neurologist and psychiatrist after the war. Discusses that the only way people survived those death camps was if they had a reason to live each day. He discusses that, while some people held onto the hope of seeing their loved ones again, when they found out that their loved ones were no more, they died shortly after as well. Dr. Frankl explains that he came to the conclusion that to suffer was the strongest purpose he could come up with, to keep him going through the ordeal of years of starvation and torture. The purpose to suffer, that life is suffering was the purpose the he found, that gave him strength to carry on day after day until the camp was liberated by the Allies. He held the purpose of suffering like a badge of honor. Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust, is such an example of how having a purpose in life can keep you going even in the toughest of times.

The Worst Is Over

Purpose is so important for survival and happiness. Having a purpose in life is so essential for every individual, it stops you from giving up. I have been at some low points in life and at one point I had lost my job, my family was divided and I had to find a new place to live. Through this, I had the wish not to live any more. After educating myself and finding a purpose, I was able to get up and continue on to find interesting things in life that are worth living for. If Viktor E. Frankl can survive Auschwitz and live to suffer, then we all have hope, that there will always be something better.

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