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In Pursuit of Happiness

Today I chanced upon a TEDx Talk by Adam Leipzig where he claims you can discover your life's purpose, and key to happiness, in 5 minutes, by answering 5 simple questions:
  • Who you are
  • What you do
  • Who you do it for
  • What those people want and need, and;
  • How they change as a result.
and then combining the answers into some sort of mission statement:

I know, right? Too good to be true. But I figured, what the heck! I mean, I have enough trouble determining my purpose for leaving my bed in the morning, what would 5 minutes in front of the computer cost me? So I continued watching:

Who are you?
Simple answer. I am Muyo-san

What do you do?
Now I'm scratching my head, lost in thought. Then Adam's voice brings me back: "..if there's a lot of things that come up for you, focus it down by asking yourself this one question: what is the one thing that right now, you feel supremely qualified to teach other people? What do they thank you for?"
"Supremely"? "Qualified"? Oh gosh, I don't know. Ranting? Eating? Sleeping? Ok now Adam you're starting to confuse me..

Who do you do it for?
Erm... myself? Adam, where exactly are you going with this?

What those people want and need
Ok I give up. Erm.. maybe I should rewind this and start over :(

And that's how I spent my whole day, well some part of it, trying to convince myself that there's nothing wrong with me. Question 2 is quite the stumbling block for me, especially as it seems to be a gateway to properly answering the subsequent questions.

The thing is I could think of a dozen of things I really love to do but I can't really say I'm qualified to teach anyone of them. I love to sing, write, read, make music, well I used to till I broke up with Tonia (story for another day), fool around with tech... but I am in no way "supremely qualified" to teach anyone any of these things. I'm not even done teaching myself.

And no, I don't think Adam's philosophy is the problem; I think it's quite profound. The only conclusion I can arrive at is that, I haven't gotten to the stage, in the almost 3 decades of my life, where I can honestly answer these questions. As painful as that is to admit, it's just the truth. At least I can find solace in the fact that I'm not alone (including some of the people in Adam's audience).

Don't be discouraged by my experience though. You should totally try it out yourself. This might just happen to be a life-changing moment for someone reading this!


Muyo-san is one random Nigerian dude who also blogs at
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2 sentiments:

  1. wow..just wow...ib cant answer either...such a shame but soo true . Thanks for this wake up call Muyo

    1. Self-discovery can take a lifetime my dear. But I think we can make it happen sooner by asking ourselves these simple questions everyday, till we can honestly answer them right :)


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