What inspires you to action? Many consider the answer to this question to be their purpose. We all have different purposes that drive us. It could be solving problems, building something bigger than yourself, helping others, and more. We hope our selection of purpose quotes helps inspire you to find what might work best for you.
Being purposeful is a conscious, deliberate decision. It lasts longer than the moment of excitement usually triggered by inspiration. Because when it comes to the commitment and hard work needed to achieve a goal, remembering your primary purpose is what will keep you going.
Whether you have found your purpose or you’re still trying to figure it out, here are some helpful quotes to remember.
Victoria Arlen is a TV personality for ESPN, as well as an actress, speaker, model, and former American Paralympian swimmer. Arlen broke world records at the 2012 Summer Paralympic US swimming trials, and later went on to win four medals: one gold and silver, at the Summer Paralympics held in London the same year, despite her inability to eat, speak and move before the time.
Arlen draws inspiration for this quote from her personal experiences. Because of her disabilities and issues of childhood harassment, Arlen fought hard to prove herself. She reminds us to keep moving beyond the obstacles, even if we’re not sure of what awaits.
Howard Schultz is an American businessman. He served as chairman and CEO of the largest coffee-house chain in the world- Starbucks- from 1986 to 2000, and from 2008 to 2017. Schultz is a business author and the 680th-richest person in the U.S.
Schultz’s purpose quote reminds leaders of the importance of bringing your team into the light of the vision. Share your goals with the people who work with you, so they understand your expectations. Also, helping them achieve their personal goal influences their commitment to helping you achieve yours.
Guy Finley (amazon) is a self-help writer, philosopher, spiritual awareness teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician. Finley is the founder and director of the nonprofit, Life of Learning Foundation.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of relationships. Your contact with people, places, and events open your eyes to the world of opportunities surrounding you.
Anne Sullivan was an American teacher best known for being the instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
When attempting something new, it’s okay to expect failure. Because failing your way to success, to your purpose in life, is arguably the best way to figure out things. Sullivan's quote is a good reminder of why you need to remain resilient even in the face of failure. Because with another attempt, you’re closer to achieving your purpose.
Founder of the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University, John Davison Rockefeller was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He became the country's first billionaire, with a fortune worth nearly 2% of the national economy. Many consider Rockefeller to be the wealthiest American of all time.
If you're focused on doing everything, you may never recognize the "one" thing that the world needs you to do. This singularity of purpose is the primary ingredient for achieving success in whatever you set your mind on.
Mariella Frostrup is a journalist, presenter and well known in British television and radio mainly for her art programmes. Frostrup is an art critic and has been on the judging panels for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and the Amnesty International Media Awards. Frostrup received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from Nottingham Trent University in 2008, in recognition of her contribution and commitment to journalism and broadcasting.
In her purpose quote, Marielle Frostrup divides people into two categories. Some sit and wait for life to decide a purpose for them. And some take control of their destiny by making deliberate efforts to discover their life purpose and pursue it with everything.
Sydney J. Harris was a journalist for both the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was the author of the weekday column “Strictly Personal” which appeared in more than 100 newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times. Harris was renowned for his humorous approach to social and philosophical issues.
To change the world, you must touch the minds of others. That's the true purpose of the form of education where a teacher interacts personally with students. If your purpose is to teach and inform others, work with the knowledge that the focus is not on you. Your purpose is to help others achieve levels of understanding beyond what you can offer them.
Best known for his elegant photographs of high society, Sir Cecil Beaton was a painter, interior designer, and a fashion, portrait, and war photographer. Beaton’s costume and stage designs won him three Academy Awards.
Beaton urges us to find our purpose in the absurd, unique, corners of our imagination. There’s very little to discover in the paths most tread. We should all dare to do something positively different, regardless of what the norms are.
Sharron Angle is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2007. She is also the author of Right Angle: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim the Constitution (on amazon, 2011).
It’s easy to look at the ordinary-ness of our lives and wonder how there’s a unique purpose attached. But we all have something significant that we can contribute to our societies. Focus on identifying what that thing is for you. And when you do, focus on turning that idea into reality.
Nita Ambani is an Indian philanthropist, chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries. In 2016 India Today listed Ambani in their 'fifty high and mighty Indians' list.
This purpose quote reminds us of the origins of legacies. The legendary names that we speak of are popular because of the things they did. The stories we form on these subjects detail their unique actions that were different from the actions of everyone else. Your legacy story forms as you pursue your purpose. If you want to leave a popular name behind, then work towards doing something unique. Leave behind a story worth retelling.
Albert Schweitzer is a theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", becoming the eighth Frenchman to receive that prize.
Schweitzer summed up our primary purpose as humans; to serve, show compassion and help others. So whatever passion you find yourself pursuing, whatever dream you're chasing, whatever purpose you're fulfilling, make sure you're serving, showing compassion and helping others.
Purpose gives meaning to the actions we take and the sacrifices we make. While you figure out your unique purpose, remember the general purpose that we all share as humans. Work towards a society that is inclusive for all. Show kindness when possible. Share your knowledge by teaching others. Give your time and resources to helping others. It’s in these small, random actions that you will find the purpose that calls to you.