I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals.
I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.
If you’re a nihilist, then feel free to start with the answer, “I don’t have a purpose,” or “Life is meaningless,” and take it from there.
If you keep at it, you’ll still eventually converge.
If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. As you go through this process, some of your answers will be very similar. Then you might head off on a new tangent and generate 10-20 more answers along some other theme. You can list whatever answer pops into your head as long as you just keep writing. You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a mini-surge of emotion, but they don’t quite make you cry — they’re just a bit off.
At some point during the process (typically after about 50-100 answers), you may want to quit and just can’t see it converging. Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new permutations.
If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all). While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do.
The more open you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you.
A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts.
The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts.