Finding Your Purpose


Is it better to be told what to do and ride around the racetrack of life or remain goalless, floating with the tide?

“We do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES…we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal.”

To pick a goal is to assume that there’s an end. But we are always developing. Our perspective today is different than it was a decade ago, and so forth. Experience and knowledge change us.

Instead of searching for goals, Thompson implores, “look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.”

All believing is betting. But God rewards the courageous. Almost always the assured outcome is the unique path we take ourselves.

“No one HAS to do something he doesn’t want to do for the rest of his life. But then again, if that’s what you wind up doing, by all means convince yourself that you HAD to do it. You’ll have lots of company.”

Read Hunter S. Thompson Letter on Finding Your Purpose

In the Know, In the Now

You pay attention to what you want to. You hear what you want to. Your bias is your own filter.

But if you keep an open mind and a neutral ear, you start to notice more diverse thoughts and opinions that challenge your own. As a result, you start to think differently or reconfirm what you already know.

You’re only as right in so far as others agree with you, no matter how clairvoyant or righteous you may be. Consensus drives movement.

So in addition to resolving ignorance, you have to take action. No one follows theory.

We can’t possibly know everything, nor should we reject the possibility of always knowing more. Keep learning, experimenting, and leading the pack. There’s always something new or to improve.

“Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.” –

Hunter S. Thompson