Why: Finding your purpose

“Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous

For thousands of years hominids have suffered through the doldrums of evolution scouring for food, water and shelter. Never before have humans experienced a golden age, like the one we live in right now.

Maslow stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and that some needs take precedence over others. Our most basic need is for physical survival, and this will be the first thing that motivates our behaviour. Once that level is fulfilled the next level up is what motivates us, and so on. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. The self-actualization tier is where one thinks about one’s purpose and place in the larger scheme of things.

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It’s important to quit clinical medicine for the right reasons. Most people who get in touch with me, do so because they want to escape the exams and the hard work clinical medicine entails. It’s important to have a goal in mind and work towards it. Whether it be changing the healthcare system to be more inclusive, run a multi-billion dollar industry or marry Kim Kardashian and own a Bugatti, this is an entirely personal ambition that only you, and you alone, can can decipher. The tools below are some that I found incredibly useful as I continue the search for my ‘why’. The fact that you have taken the bold step to even read this is a sign of progress in itself! My most productive piece of advice here would be: Enjoy the journey, don’t be caught up with the destination.

Use the tools below to find your ‘Why’

Live Your Legend

Simon Sinek: Find your why 

Ted Talks to help find your purpose

5 steps to find your purpose 

Go forth…

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