A Reason Why: Dr. William Damon On Purpose And The Benefits Of A Life Review.

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Every kind of job, the most ordinary, mundane job can be done purposefully…the person that sweeps the streets, if that person is dedicating himself or herself to it, and is really trying to do a good job and understanding how important it is, that person has every bit as much purpose as the President of the United States or anybody else in society.”— William Damon

This discussion centers on what living with purpose actually means.

My guest on this episode is Professor William Damon.

William is a psychologist and professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been designated one of the fifty most influential living psychologists in the world today and is one of the world’s leading scholars of human development. Bills is the author of over 10 books, including the influential book The Path to Purpose. He is a pioneering researcher on the development of purpose in life, and his current work includes a study exploring purpose in higher education and a study of family purpose across generations. He’s been elected to the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Bills is the author of over ten books, including the influential book The Path to Purpose. He is a pioneering researcher on the development of purpose in life. His current work includes a study exploring purpose in higher education and a study of family purpose across generations. He’s been elected to the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

On this podcast, we cover these topics and more.

  • The multiple definitions of purpose
  • Vocations/avocations
  • On purpose and purposes
  • How purpose changes over time
  • Purpose as a noun vs. purpose as a verb
  • On having purpose vs. being purposeful
  • The therapeutic origins and benefits of a Life Review
  • Bill’s story about his early family life and his new book A Round of Golf With My Father

 

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