3 Ways That Living with Purpose can help you Live an Epic Life

By Andrew Ripley, Co-Founder, 

Originally posted at purposematch.com/blog

We all want to live a life that matters.  It’s why we’re inspired by historical figures like Martin Luther King, who made huge sacrifices for causes larger than themselves.  It’s why we love big epic movies like Braveheart.  While we don’t have to go down in the history books to live a life of significance, one thing that people who impact the world have in common is that they live their lives with purpose.

So what makes purposeful people different?

They’re humble.  And therefore, happier.

C.S. Lewis once said that, “true humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”  Think of the happiest people in your life – they’re almost always the ones who think about other people more than themselves.  Purpose isn’t selfish.  Purpose requires that you live your life in a way that serves others.  And whenever we stop focusing on ourselves, we free ourselves up to get beyond ourselves, and therefore make an impact that’s bigger than ourselves.

They set themselves apart from the crowd.

Think about it this way – when you apply for college, you’re competing against lots of other students who have good grades.  There’s no shortage of 4.0 GPAs applying for Stanford.  When you start you apply for your first job, there will be hundreds of resumes from really smart people who can do the job.  But what makes someone exceptional?  Purposeful people are self-aware, and they know what sets themselves apart from everyone else.  You’ll only reach your fullest potential when you’re doing something you’re good at, truly passionate about, and making an impact on something you deeply care about.  And when you discover what that is, you’ll have the one thing that sets yourself apart from the crowd – you’ll be unique.

They might even live longer.

Seriously.  Research has shown that people who have a sense of purpose in life live longer.  There’s a sense that if you have something meaningful to do with your life, you’ll stick around long enough to accomplish it.  And the most finite resource we have – the one thing we never get back, is time.  So no matter how long you’re on this Earth, to live with purpose is to make the most of the time we do have.  In fact, to live with purpose allows us to live our lives in a way that outlasts the time that we’re given here.  To make an impact that lasts.  To give our lives to causes bigger than ourselves.  That’s what it means to live with purpose.

If this is the kind of life you want to live, come discover your own unique sense of purpose on PurposeMatch.com.