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When and Why versus How

Just started re-reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning”. As I started past the front cover, a curiosity crept up regarding when he wrote this. If you aren’t familiar with the book, it’s about the years he spent enduring the horrors of living in Nazi death camps during the holocaust and how humanity continued to triumph despite the unthinkable conditions.  Incredibly, he wrote this book in 1946 just a short time after the experience.

In additional to writing this book, as an outcome of this experience (quite a storm) he actually founded a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy built on the belief that a person’s primary motivational force is tied to his or her search for meaning in their lives.

This is a subject close to my heart that i write about often .  See my recent blog post (You Have To Have To) for an example.  Further, I touch on this concept in my book in Section 2: Purpose where we use the concept of Pull to connect you to what’s most important to you so you can design a future you want to live into.

As I make my way through this book I will share some insights and wisdom along the way (I’m a slow reader so bear with me).

The first one is from the very beginning, in the Preface where Nietzsche is quoted, “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.”

What’s your Why?

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