Monocycle, Episode 58: Finding Your Purpose

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Welcome back to Fridays with Monocycle. I could spend about 50 words apologizing for deceiving you when I made it sound like I was back with a vengeance in August (only to have since uploaded exactly two episodes), but it’s almost November, and November is the month of giving thanks and therefore, inadvertently, also the month of forgiveness, so let’s let bygones be what they are (bygones) and plunge forward, shall we? Such a sentiment actually fits in perfectly with the theme of today’s episode, so this is a well-timed segue, not to be confused with Segway, which could get you from point A to point B faster than a Geico-insured car.

Purpose! It’s about purpose. It’s 10 unadulterated minutes of me talking about purpose. I’ve done it before, but this time it’s different.

Here is the rundown: How to identify it (that thing that gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you energized no matter what a day throws at you), why it’s important (it literally drives us), how you know when you’ve lost it (subjective answer, but for me, it manifested as anxiety-cum-depression), what to do when you want to find it (chill out and make it, stop trying to take it; sorry, this isn’t a real answer, I don’t actually know what to tell you to do when you want to find your purpose other than to be patient, because eventually, it does find you again), and how to nurture it when it’s back. I tried something different for this episode and wrote it out before I spoke it, so if I sound like I’m reading off a teleprompter that’s because I am. If you want to read the transcript, I can definitely arrange that (perhaps via newsletter), but for now, here’s what we’re working with.

And you know what I always say: no topic is off limits for intellectual dissection, so hit me up in the comments below.

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Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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