4 Ways Your Burning Purpose Is Unique And Special

Every morning, we wake up and get ready to do some things. Often those things revolve around our job, our business or our hobbies.

Day after day, week after week, year after year, we do them.

But… Why?

What drives you to do what you do?

Sometimes it is necessity. Sometimes it is passion. Even curiosity, compulsion or coercion.

But when you take a closer look, it becomes obvious that all this is driven by something more abstract, that is unique and special to the human state. And that is…

Your Purpose.

What Is Purpose?

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A medical college holds periodic assessment tests. That’s because they want students to study a topic. But then,

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For years, as I engaged in ‘direct marketing’ online, selling my books and raising donations to sponsor costly treatment for under-privileged children, I obsessed about numbers. How many people read my posts? How many clicked on links? How many ordered a copy? How many made a donation? The obsession extended into choosing what to say, … Read more


Recently, I attended a funeral. Indian custom dictates a long series of ‘last rites’. When the seemingly endless sequence of rituals ended after nearly an hour, the mortal remains were ceremonially consecrated to electric heat of the modern crematorium. We waited outside for an hour, chatting aimlessly about various things – subliminally aware, all the … Read more

Why I Gave Up Conventional Medical Practice To Build a Non-Profit

I was in a restaurant, holding a steaming mug of hot java. With me were two friends. One I’ve known for 30 years. The other I’d just met 30 minutes back. The social dance was on. We explored vital questions. Who are you and who do you know? What do you do, and why? The … Read more