Apr 27

The Purpose of Life: Knowing your why

purpose of life

How can knowing our Why benefit us?

What is the purpose of life?

We all have dreams and goals in life.  Some of us aspire to become a world-class athlete, some would like to be a successful entrepreneur while others have a simple dreams of having a happy and prosperous life with their families.

If you are in a corporate environment, every year you are asked to come up with your goals for your performance and then eventually you’re going to need to provide the steps you have in mind in reaching for these goals or your action plans.  So if one of the goals you gave is for you to be promoted within the year, some of the action plans that you can come up with may include always being punctual and present at work, exceeding expectations, meeting if not exceeding all the metrics your company has set for its employees, and so forth.

This applies to your goals in life too.  If you are looking to run your own business, part of your action plan would include making the proper research, studying the current economic state, learning about the risks involved in entering this business or knowing about the business’ growth potential.

What we mentioned above are our How’s.  These are our means of reaching a certain goal and ultimately, achieve success which is what we all are after in the first place.  Knowing the How’s is just one part of the equation.  To be truly successful, we also need to know the Why’s.

Why are you going into this business?

Why are you working for this company?

Why are you working part-time despite the fact that you already have a fulltime job?

Why do you exercise and eat the right kind of food?

Sometimes, we all get caught up with our busy lives that we fail to realize our purpose and what it is that inspires us to do what we do.  If you have a dream or a goal that you can’t seem to achieve no matter how hard you try or if you find yourself failing at something that you have been working on for the longest time, chances are you haven’t figured out your Why for doing it.


Knowing your Why makes the figuring out the How easier

When we know what it is that drives us to perform at our highest level, learning how to get to the end becomes much easier.  When you know your purpose for doing something, you become persistent and chances are, no matter what obstacle or difficulty you encounter, you will always find a way to get back on your feet and keep moving forward.

I recently watched the movie Soul Surfer which was based on the true story of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm to a hammerhead shark.  Anyone in Bethany’s situation would have easily given up surfing because it is already difficult for people with a complete set of arms and hands but for Bethany, win or lose, it doesn’t matter.  For her, the purpose of life is to surf and this is her Why.


Knowing your why builds up your confidence

“If someone has done it, you can do it.  If someone hasn’t done it, be the first.”

I love this quote.  It’s very simple but it embodies a lot of positive things like faith, positive thinking, and success.  Knowing your Why not only gives you the inspiration or drive to do something, it also gives you a solid amount of confidence that no matter what people say and what discouraging words you hear, you simply won’t give up because you know what you want to do and that you MUST do it.


Knowing your why makes everything worth it

Have you ever wondered what your purpose for being born is?

Why are we here?

These are pretty difficult questions to answer.  Even I haven’t figured out but there are people who have.  Just take a look at our beloved priests and nuns

They’ve found their purpose and that is to serve our almighty God.  Their chosen vocation requires a lot of sacrifice including that of not having their own families.  They devote their lives to their calling and I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it but I haven’t seen any of them being unhappy and unfulfilled.  They love what they do and they are passionate and dedicated.

Finding our why brings us a similar experience.  All the sleepless nights, all the hard work, all the heartaches, all the disappointments doesn’t affect us in any way because we know our purpose and this makes it all worth it.

Have you found your why?

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions


  1. Awesome Minds

    It is a great thing when we undertake anything to know what the why is before we decide how, because as you say Noel, the how and the actual doing make a lot more sense when we know why we are doing it. Even though it may sound obvious, it is easy to not know the why or even forget the why. Good advice and a great read Noel.

  2. Arni Nauleau

    What an insightful and thought provoking post. I am one of those who probably knows the why but is caught up supporting another’s quest in the hopes of achieving mine in the process. Let’s see where that leads.

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Thanks Arni! Understand where you’re coming from. Just focus on your why and do your best not to get distracted. Keep your eyes on the prize so to speak!

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