This is the first in a series of posts where we will look at six vital principles for getting the most value out of your education, regardless of how you go about pursuing it.
Principle # 1: Know Your Purpose
In my experience the universal difference between people who are happy, successful, and fulfilled and those who aren’t is a sense of purpose. Having a sense of purpose for your life is a necessary prerequisite for being satisfied and effective in any area. When someone who is depressed or stuck in their life asks me for help, I inevitably find the lack of a sense of purpose to be at the core of their problem.
When you don’t have a sense of purpose, the world can seem like a place where you have to fit in, follow the rules, and pay the bills, just so you can go on living for more of the same. When you do have a sense of purpose, every day becomes an opportunity to experience progress and fulfillment.
Notice that the key is to have a sense of purpose, which is a feeling. It is related to having an actual purpose, but even if you don’t know what your purpose is, you can still have faith that you have one and that it is being revealed to you through your life experience.
One clue is that purpose and joy go together. When you find one the other is usually not far behind. So either seek joy through your purpose, or seek purpose through your joy.
Know that you have a purpose in life, do your best to develop your sense of what it is, and let this be the basis of your motivation for pursuing your education. This is the only way to be fully effective in your activities as well as satisfied with the results.