School of Purpose

Bradley Wright PhD

The School of Purpose Podcast is for people who want a deep understanding of purpose in life. It interviews experts who study purpose and people who have experienced great levels of it. From them, we learn how to have more purpose in our life. New episode every Wednesday morning.

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How can Christians find their calling in life? There's lots of teaching in the Church about God's "general" will-that is for all people. What about God's "particular" will-His individualized plans for a specific person?Chase Davis is the pastor of a thriving church in Boulder, Colorado. He's also a deep thinker-having recently authored the book Trinitarian Formation. He has both personal and professional insight into how Christians find purpose and calling in life. In this episode, he shares how to think about these issues, and he gives practical advice on finding one's calling. In this episode, you'll learn about:Finding purpose and identity in GodFeeling called to participate in a local churchThe difference between a general and particular callingThe value of getting feedback from othersThe first question that Chase asks people when they want to know their callingChase's links:LinkedInWebsiteBookThe Well Church***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

1 dic.

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As much joy as purpose gives us, it's often born in pain.Amber Hovanec-Carey grew up with suffering. At age 9, she was diagnosed with stage 4 of a very rare form of childhood cancer. She went through extensive treatment. At one point, she asked her father, "Daddy, am I going to make it?" Eventually, the cancer went into remission. At in mid-twenties, she was diagnosed with breast cancer--likely resulting from her earlier radiation therapy. She battles that today. This life of overcoming illness has given Amber a unique, deeply empathetic outlook on the world. In this episode, she shares how her suffering has resulted in a daily sense of purpose.In this episode, you'll learn about:The link between empathy and purposeHow writing can be a callingWhat it feels like to be called to an activityActing purposefully in a situation versus finding purposeful situationsHow past pain produces future purposeAmber's links:LinkedInFree-Form Feminist Blog***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

24 nov.

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Purpose is multifaceted. We experience it in different areas of our lives. Many different factors come together to move us into it. How do they come together?Ben Houltberg has done a lot of things that gives him insight into life purpose. He has been an elite track athlete, a marriage and family therapist, a developmental psychologist, and now the CEO of the Search Institute ("Helping Young People Thrive.") His professional life has been devoted to helping people live their best lives. In this episode, he shares lessons that he's learned along the way for living more purposefully.In this episode, you'll learn about:How fear robs us of purposePurpose being what holds our life narratives togetherA simple definition of purposeHow relationships foster purposeHow painful events can lead us to greater purposeBen's linksLinkedInSearch Institute***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

17 nov.

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What's keeps us from pursuing purpose? For many, it's what's inside of us. Our fears, worries, even negative expectations keep us from moving forward.Maya Nazareth knows all about this. When she started practicing jiu jitsu, she realized that the available gear was made for men, not women. As an aspiring entrepreneur, she saw an opportunity, and she started her own business making fightwear for women. There were many obstacles to overcome. The first and foremost was inside of her. Her internal chatter told her that she shouldn't do this and that she couldn't do this. In this episode, Maya shares how she overcame this barrier to launch a successful business.In this episode, you'll learn about:The importance of finding people pursuing purpose in a similar wayWhat it means to gamble on finding purposeHow our internal chatter blocks us acting on what matters mostBuilding the muscle of believing in yourselfHow to use purpose in brandingMaya's links:LinkedInAlchemize Fightwear***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

10 nov.

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Living in a digital world has many advantages, but living purposefully isn't one of them. Digital distraction affects us and our relationships in so many ways. What can we do to overcome it and live a life that matters? Ed Cyzewski is a writer and thinker who explores the boundaries of theology, spiritual practice, and daily living. His book Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction guides readers in living deeply in a shallow world. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on the many ways that digital distraction pulls us away from living meaningful, authentic lives and what we can do about it.In this episode,  you'll learn about:The effect of digital distraction How to figure out what matters most in lifeChoosing intentional versus reactionary actionsConnecting contemplation with purposeWhy social media is toxic for living purposefullyEd's websiteReconnect bookLinkedIn***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

3 nov.

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(Part two of a two-part series)Have you ever wanted to get away from it all for a wild adventure? If you did, what would  you learn about yourself? How would you be different?Logan McDonald did this. He was a student in my class his senior year. After he graduated, he planned to hike the Appalachian trail by himself. Logan graciously agreed to a two-part interview--one shortly before he left for the trip and the other right after he got back. He shares with us thoughts about why to do such an adventure and what can gotten out of it. In these episodes, you'll learn about:The connection between challenge and purposeGrit, gratitude, and purposeThe value of solitude in discerning what's importantFinding purpose even in social interactionsHow challenging difficulties change usLogan's Instagram page***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

27 oct.

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(Part one of a two part series)Have you ever wanted to get away from it all for a wild adventure? If you did, what would  you learn about yourself? How would you be different?Logan McDonald did this. He was a student in my class his senior year. After he graduated, he planned to hike the Appalachian trail by himself. Logan graciously agreed to a two-part interview--one shortly before he left for the trip and the other right after he got back. He shares with us thoughts about why to do such an adventure and what can gotten out of it. In these episodes, you'll learn about:The connection between challenge and purposeGrit, gratitude, and purposeThe value of solitude in discerning what's importantFinding purpose even in social interactionsHow challenging difficulties change usLogan's Instagram page***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

20 oct.

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Which aspects of your life do you need to manage to have more purpose? Naturally, we think of money, time, and energy. But, what about the space that you live in?Shawna Scafe, at Simple on Purpose, teaches people how to live on purpose. One of her main tools is decluttering. Decluttering is much more than just getting rid of things. It forces us to understand who we are and what is important to us. It's also a way of gaining control over our lives. Finally, we can set up our space to support our purpose as we understand it. Shawna shares her deep insight into this topic with us. In this episode, you'll learn about:The devastating effect of "safe" jobsDecluttering and purposeUsing space as a resource, just as we do money and timeHow to remember your whyNine areas of life in which to find purposeInstagramSimple on Purpose website***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

13 oct.

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Leadership in intrinsically bound to purpose. The best leaders know their own purpose, and they lead others with purpose. How can leaders learn to be more purposeful?Ryan Sanders approaches this issue from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. As a business school instructor, he knows the research literature on leadership. As an executive coach, he has plenty of hands-on experience helping leaders. From this background, Ryan shares a wealth of ideas about finding and using purpose as a leader. In this episode, you'll learn about:Why leaders need to continually ask "why am I doing this"Purpose vs. money as a motivator for leadersGood and bad reasons for getting into leadershipThe ego and purposeCreating vs. helping others as two basic forms of purpose expressionRyan's LinkedIn pageEducate, Innovate, and Inspire Consulting***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

6 oct.

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In life, we go through different seasons. What about purpose? How does it reflect these changing seasons of our life?Jonathon Tucker played competitive soccer, started up a soccer coaching business, and became a teacher. In all of these, he had to work out what purpose meant in that stage of life. Each stage taught him something new about purpose. From his experience, he's developed a model of how purpose unfolds and what we can do to have more of it--at any time of our life.In this episode, you'll learn about:The cyclical nature of purposeWhy purpose is necessarily idiosyncratic to the personHow to equip people for purposeBecoming disillusioned with conventional successLearning lessons from any situationJonathon's LinkedIn pageThe Purpose Cycle bookJonathon's Indiegogo page***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

29 sep.

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Purpose is usually talked about as a destination. "What is the purpose of my life?" But, is it something that can be experienced every day? What does purpose mean as a day-to-day experience?Zach Mercurio spent two years studying how janitors found purpose and meaning in their work. Even though they were doing menial work, some of them found greater purpose in what they did. This research gave him deep insight into the lived experience of purpose. It involves less of what we actually do and more how we do it. This powerful idea opens up the door for any experience--no matter how seemingly mundane--being deeply purposeful. Zach explains how we can do this in our own lives as well. In this episode, you will learn aboutBeing educated for purpose vs. successExtraordinary people doing ordinary things in extraordinary waysPurpose as a lived experience Why organizations must actively maintain purposeThe importance of helping people know that they matterZach's LinkedIn page***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

22 sep.

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What do you do when you hit absolute rock bottom in your life--when you've lost all that matters in your past and in your future? You start living out any purpose that you can find.Shay Walters is a wife, mother, and a nine-time convicted felon.  She delved into the abyss of drug addiction. Having lost custody of her son and facing a possible two-decade prison sentence, she changed her life around completely. She gave up her previous impulsive ways of living only for momentary pleasure. She committed herself to vision for her life that was bigger than her.  Now, out of prison, she and her husband run an out-treatment rehabilitation center for others in addiction. In this episode, you'll learn about Why some young people don't engage purposeHow to live purposefully with few, if any, resourcesHaving a bigger picture for your lifeUsing the problems of our past to help othersHow a sense of entitlement can block finding purposeShay's Prison to Purpose Facebook page***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

15 sep.

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Awareness is an often overlooked aspect of experiencing purpose. This raises the question of how awareness increases purpose, and, conversely, how purpose increases awareness. It also ties purpose into mindfulness and other contemplative practices.Cortland Dahl works in the intersection of science and the spirit. In science, he is a research scientist working at the prestigious University of Wisconsin Center for Health Minds. He's spent his career studying contemplative practices--even going on a one-year silent retreat. He brings a wealth of insight about the relationship between the brain and our experiences of purpose.In this episode, you'll learn about:The relationship between mediation and purposeHow we experience purpose in everyday lifeThe power of reflecting on our own mortalityLooking on people who inspire usHow post-traumatic growth can lead to purpose***Find more at my Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

8 sep.

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When people find purpose, it often involves an inner compunction. Something inside of us "knows" that we should do something. This can be called inner wisdom. The question becomes how do we find this inner wisdom?Audrey Seymour started out as a software engineer with a background in mathematics. About 20 years ago, she changed to life coaching with an emphasis on helping people find purpose. She brings a deep and thoughtful approach to her work. She shares her insights on best practices for finding purpose.  In this episode, you'll learn about:The three sources of trusted inner wisdomWhether purpose is chosen, discovered, or imposedThe role of doubt and fear in finding purposeThe need to feel safe when looking for purposeThe value of the ego in our lives***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

2 sep.

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What would you do if knew that you had a terminal illness and would die soon--would it change what mattered to you? Change what you did?William McNeely knows the answer to this question. In his early 50s, he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable and terminal disease. For three years, his medical chart was marked EOL for end of life. Yet, William had a long-term vision for making a difference in his hometown of Charlotte. When he was within a week or two of dying, he received a double-lung transplant. He's recovered fully, and is now doing great things with his non-profit Do Greater Charlotte. He credits his sense of purpose for his community as keeping him alive.In this episode, you'll learn about:Making an impact locallyStating your purpose as an elevator pitchThe power of knowing that you've got things to do in lifeHow to plan a yearly family dinner for visioneeringHelping children to find purposeDo Greater Charlotte website***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

25 ago.

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How is purpose linked to the most painful moments of our lives? Ferose VR was living his dream life--a successful career, marriage, and a child on his way. Then his child was born with autism. Ferose was in anguish. Then he spoke to a mentor about it. Instead of grieving, she congratulated him.  She told him that now he knew his purpose in life. Beautiful things have resulted, including Ferose's starting a movement to integrate people with autism into the workplace. These experiences, combined with extensive reading in the philosophy of Gandi, give Ferose a deep perspective how we live purposefully. In this episode, you'll learn about:Why purpose is complex but not complicatedThe potentially negative side of purposeHow purpose finds us rather our finding itThe importance of purity of intentionPreparing your inner-being for purpose***Find more on my Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

19 ago.

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We often think of living a life of purpose as being extreme--quitting your job and taking up something brand new. This happens sometimes. But, how can purpose be meaningfully integrated into our existing lives? Attorney and self-discovery guide Lauren Krasnodembski sheds light on how to live purposefully in your current life. She's a successful privacy attorney and is raising a family. She also has found a way to help others find their way. She guides them in her writing, speaking, and coaching through the process of self-discovery. In this episode, you'll learn about:How following purpose leads to discomfortBalancing personal security and the risks of purposeHow to know what your heart is telling you to doLiving purposefully even when you're really busyResponding to live vs. reacting***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

11 ago.

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Mindfulness and purpose are two common themes in research on how to live a good life. How do they interlink? Does one lead to the other? Jon Macaskill turned to meditation out of need. He had experienced severe trauma in the battlefield. It lead him to find another side of himself such that when he retired from the Navy, he turned full time to helping others find mindfulness for themselves as well. Mindfulness, in turn, sets the stage for purpose. As both a mindfulness practitioner and a retired SEAL, Jon has a unique, insightful perspective on what makes humans thrive.  In this episode you'll learn about:The importance of being in a tribe for living out purposeGrowing a side interest into a full-time, purposeful activityA common pattern of purposeful activitiesThe relationship between mindfulness and purposeCommon mistakes people make when they start mindfulness***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

4 ago.

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How does purpose intrude into our everyday life? Even in middle age, can we turn our careers into something profoundly purposeful? Burton Fleischner has a successful career as the manager of a large retail bookstore. But, it didn't engage him at a deep level. Then, one day, a customer asked him a question that caused him to reevaluate everything. Not long after that, he left the safe, known world of retail and moved into medical care. He was inspired by a tragedy that his family had experienced decades prior. He's now a celebrated rehabilitation aide who powerfully helps patients in a rehabilitation hospital. He's so full of purpose that it doesn't even feel like he's doing work. In this episode, you'll learn about:How we can us our careers to complete unfinished business from our youthWhat it feels like being in an organization that doesn't have a compelling missionHow empathy brings us closer to our purposeHow friends and family can actually keep us from exploring our purpose as they encourage us to be risk averseHow a single conversation can change our whole lives***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

28 jul.

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Why aren't more people able to find their purpose? What is it about our past that makes it difficult to do so?This week's guest explores this topic with his work. Joey Drolshagen helps people overcome their blocks to living fully and purposefully. He has developed a system that enables people to overcome their unhelpful conditioning and move more fully into the life they are meant to live. Removing these barriers can make all the difference. In this episode, you'll learn about:What it feels like to not be doing what's purposeful to youCreating time to do what is purposefulHow past conditioning can take us away from our purposeThree things that everyone should do for more purposeThe distinction between hard work and inspired workLinks to Joey's work:BookWebsite Promotional ***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

21 jul.

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If you're a person of faith, how do you connect what you're doing in life with what God wants for you?This is a big, meaty question that this week's guest, Dustan Christensen, unpacks for us. He identifies several steps that we can take to align our actions with God's will. He anchors this discussion the in the distinction between sacrifice and obedience, and he prescribes the right ordering of them. In this book, you'll learn aboutHow writing a book enables you to leave a legacyAsking yourself "who am I supposed to be?"Sharing our purpose with others in the context of a relationshipHow God uses pain and love to align us with our purposePurpose can be found in all areas of our livesDustan's book: Obedience vs. Sacrifice***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

14 jul.

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What is the story of your life? Are you willing to give yourself over to it fully?Robert Pardi lives a beautiful, meaningful life. He got there through living out stories. His wife died at a tragically young age, and Robert was her caregiver for 11 years. He transitioned from Wall Street to being a life coach. He stumbled upon a small town in central Italy where his family emigrated from and he made it his home. He shares the wealth of knowledge that he's gained through all of this about living a meaningful life.In this episode, you'll learn about:The value of sharing our life experiences with othersUsing a vision board to plot our purposeHow to think of your life in terms of the stories that you createThe need to surrender completely to what life asks of usSupporting others into the life that they want to liveRobert's website (check out the view from his balcony!)***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

7 jul.

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What does a young person need to find purpose in their lives? What are the skills, abilities, and experiences that will push them into a life that matters?As a fifth grade teacher, Kenneth Joyner saw a problem. Some of the boys in his school were lost. They didn't have father figures in their lives. They didn't apply themselves in school. They didn't know how to present themselves to others. They were acting out. In response, Kenneth and another teacher started an afterschool program called "Boys with a Purpose." They started off simply: teaching the boys how to dress well and observe basic etiquette. From there, they developed training for academic success as well as a wide range of life skills. Boys with a Purpose now partners with Boeing, the Charlotte Hornets, and other sponsors to make a profound difference in these boys' lives. At the heart of what Kenneth is doing is the question of what are the preconditions for finding purpose in life?  In this episode, you'll learn about:How pain points us to our purposeThe power of new experiences for showing us what is possibleThe power of thinking differently to act differentlyHow to mentor others in finding their purposeThe difference between passion and purposeBoys with a Purpose FB PageKenneth's book: Without a Father***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

30 jun.

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Do you need to be qualified to do what you find most purposeful? Probably not.Steven Lavine was the president of the California Institute of the Arts for 29 years. He had a very successful tenure, despite not being an artist.  He got the job through "dumb luck," and he constantly had to face what he didn't feel qualified to do. His story is that of following your passion regardless of perceived ability to do it. In this episode, you'll learn about:Surrounding yourself with people of purposeThe powerful role dumb luck plays in finding purposeLearning by making mistakesThe value of throwing ourselves into our incompetencyWhy purpose carries with it the idea of struggleBiography of Steven***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

23 jun.

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What, exactly, is meaning? How can we continually find it in our physical and spiritual world? Alex Pattakos is one of the world's leading experts in the study of meaning. He founded the Global Meaning Institute and is a scientist and philosopher. Guess who encouraged him to write a book about meaning? Viktor Frankl himself! Alex has thought deeply and lived fully when it comes to meaning. He shares his insights with us. In this episode, you'll learn aboutFinding meaning in every momentDefinitions of meaning and purposeLogotherapy as developed by Viktor FranklWhy leadership is always spiritualWhy awareness is the entry point into meaning***Find more at our Instagram page. Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

16 jun.

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What is it like to being willing to go wherever your sense of purpose takes you? Steve Sorensen has been wine grower, film maker, executive, and, now, a highly successful mandolin maker. He's been willing to go wherever his interests take them, and he's created a rich, purposeful life in which each stage prepares him for the next. This week he tells us his story. In this episode, you'll learn about:The twists and turns in life that happen when we pursue purposeHow our natural skills and abilities can show us our purposeWhen it's time to leave a job that doesn't feel purposefulHow starting a hobby can lead to purposeHow purpose can organically grow with what we're doing***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

9 jun.

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When we talk about finding purpose, our minds often go to young people who are just starting out or maybe people in the middle of life who want to make a course correction. Anna Hall makes a compelling case this week that we're overlooking a group that may need purpose more than others--senior citizens.Anna is the founder of The Purpose Equation. She brings years of research into the topic of purpose, and she uses her expertise to help people--not just seniors--to find more purpose in their lives.In this episode, you'll learn about:why purpose might be more important in old age than at any other time of lifeliving without purpose is heartbreakingwhy each of us have a unique way of living purposefullyhow purpose changes our perceptions of the worldhow we can make assisted living homes meccas of wisdom***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

4 jun.

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It's easy to think that we need to find our purpose before we act on it. But, maybe it's the other way around. We act on what we think is purposeful--however little we understand it--and we then get clarity about our purpose as well as the resources to enact it. In short, take action first, find purpose second.Wayne Gill is someone who takes action. He started a very successful law firm. He has overseen a highly impactful non-profit organization. He's an accomplished speaker. From his experience, he has plenty of wisdom to share about finding purpose.In this episode, you'll learn about:Becoming a dream enactorNot being able to see the end from the beginningThe importance of having partners who believe in youHow action opens up possibilitiesThat gifts determine destiny***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

26 may.

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Purpose is usually thought about in individual terms-"What is the purpose of my life?" But, organizations can have a sense of purpose as well. It's their mission. Having a sense of mission benefits organizations in many ways.Jeff Ikler and Kirsten Richert study organizational mission, especially in schools. They have written a book together and host their own podcast on the topic They bring unique insights into what it takes for organizations to develop a sense of mission as well as the problems in getting there.  In this episode, you'll learn about:What is a mission driven organization?Types of organizations by how clearly they understand their missionThe impact of having a clear mission in an organizationBest practices for creating organizational missionThe similarities between individual purpose and organizational mission***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

19 may.

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What prevents us from finding purpose? Knowing this guides us in arranging our lives so that we are able to find purpose. A major barrier to purpose is being overly busy. Busyness diminishes our capacity to find purpose in multiple ways, as explored in this week's mini-lesson.

17 may.

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Have you seen that Venn diagram about purpose that's popular online these days? It has four circles, and in the middle is the word ikigai. We're told this is a Japanese word for purpose.Well, it turns out that this Venn diagram, as with much of what we see online, is not accurate. Ikigai is a Japanese word, and it does relate to purpose, but it has a much richer meaning than being the overlap of four circles. In fact, the Venn diagram was created by someone who actually didn't really know what ikigai is.Here to set us straight is Nick Kemp. He has lived in Japan and studied the concept of ikigai with those scholars who know it best. In this interview, he shares what he's learned about it and its implications for his life. Nick's work in this area is so impactful that once he started teaching about it, he received requests from people around the world to train them in it. This started Ikigai Tribe.In this episode, you'll learn about:How ikigai relates to what makes life worth livingThe relationship between ikigai and social rolesThe importance of daily living in ikigaiWhy feelings are the most important indicators of ikigaiSeven things we should all experience to have full ikigai***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

12 may.

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A commonly expressed reservation about discovering purpose is that it's limited to the well-to-do. This mini-lesson explores how purpose is relevant to the poor and how poverty affects the attainment of purpose.***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

10 may.

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How do you find purpose amid great power and privilege? By using it to help others. Berta Aldrich entered the corporate world with a good heart and more than a little naïveté. She thought people would act ethically and focus on doing great things together. While she was able to climb the latter to the top, she encountered people trying to sabotage her career-both because she was a high performer and because she's a woman. Now, Berta is dedicated to helping other people who are entering business, like her college-aged daughter, to navigate these obstacles as they find their own way forward. In this episode, you'll learn about:How we can be energized for purpose by younger peopleThe value of standing up for the oppressedThe need to figure out our strengths and going with themThe power of a difficult pathWhy we should follow our purpose and not our position***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

5 may.

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Knowing what purpose is, and how to define it, makes it easier to discover it. This mini-lesson identifies the five characteristics of purpose found in most definitions of it. It also contrasts purpose versus the larger concept of meaning.***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

3 may.

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Can we find purpose in terrible situations that we can't change? If so, how?Have you ever been sentenced to life in prison for murder? Me neither. But Quan Huynh was at age 23. In prison, he only wanted to establish a reputation as dangerous and to be feared. Then, in his eleventh year, something happened. Several circumstances prompted him to reevaluate his reason for being. He committed himself to living as purposely even single day, even if his legacy never left the prison yard. Eventually, he was paroled. Now he's living a deeply purposeful life helping others, including recently released prisoners.  In this episode, you'll learn about:How purpose can be found even in antisocial behavior such as gang activitiesHow reinterpreting our circumstances can change our whole lifeThe power of creating a legacy where we're atThe need to let go of other people's expectations for usThe goodness in life that arises when we do the right thing***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

28 abr.

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Adolescence is a time of exploring the options that life gives us. This mini-lesson reviews research on how high-purpose adolescents found their way into deeply meaningful activities. It identifies three basic pathways by which this happens.***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

26 abr.

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Would you like to have more clarity about your purpose in life? Would you like to better understand the process of finding purpose?Gabrielle Bosche is an expert on purpose. She has studied it. She has lived it. She helps others to find it. Along with her husband, Brian, she wrote the bestselling book The Purpose Factor. She has a wealth of knowledge that she shares about finding purpose. She brings a clarity of thought to what is often a murky subject. Her principles for finding purpose are both clear and actionable. In this episode, you'll learn about:Giving yourself permission to pursue purposeWhy living our purpose usually requires lots of hard workFour key elements of finding purposeWhy picking "who" to help is more powerful than "why" to helpThe biggest barriers to living a purposeful life***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

21 abr.

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How do we prepare children for a lifetime of purposeful living? Before adolescence, they are too young to think deeply about and plan their purpose in life. However, we can encourage them to find activities that they find enjoyable, interesting, and meaningful. Once they find these activities, we can encourage them to pursue them further. Researchers have termed these "purpose sparks."***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

19 abr.

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What does it look like to bring purpose into entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship focuses on making money, but purpose is so much more.Mine Dedekoca is a serial entrepreneur. It's her nature to start new businesses, and she has done well for herself in the tech industry. She's also a deeply purposeful individual. There's more to life, she knows, than just making more money. Over time, she's developed interesting ways to incorporate purpose into her entrepreneurship. Mine has developed a series of purpose clubs. In these clubs, she mentors  women who are starting off as entrepreneurs. She teaches not just the business but also how to find a sense of purpose in what they are doing. In this podcast, you'll learn about:The balance of finding purpose in work versus the familyThe obstacles often faced by women entrepreneursThe power of networking in helping others find their purposeHow stories communicate purpose so wellThe value of helping "your" people rather than just the masses***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

14 abr.

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The answers that we get in life are related to the question that we ask. We want to be intentional about asking the best questions possible of ourselves. About a year ago, I created a question board in my office to keep my life questions in mind. It's worked surprisingly well. This mini-lesson reviews the power of right questions and describes how to create a question board for yourself. ***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

12 abr.

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Purpose isn't just an individual-level activity. Invariably, other people contribute to our development and enactment of purpose. This is especially true with mentoring relationships. Mentors commit to intentionally guiding us in our way.Marcus Goodloe felt lost as an adolescent. Growing up in Compton, California he faced various difficulties. In this context, he connected with various adult mentors--teachers, coaches, and clergy. They invested in him. They gave him the resources, opportunities, support and guidance that enabled him  to become the person that he was capable of being.In this episode, you'll learn aboutThe importance of mentorship for finding purposeHow to mentor othersOur responsibility for others when it comes to purposeThe distinction between resume and eulogy virtuesThe relationship between social justice and purpose***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would enjoy hearing from you.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

7 abr.

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A well-known conceptual model identifies three general pathways into purpose. This mini-lesson reviews and expands this model. 

5 abr.

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The subconscious plays a surprisingly big role in our ability to find purpose. How can we cultivate it further? What can we do to better understand our subconscious' guidance.Many years ago, Pam Muller faced a series of personal and professional crises. On a whim, she turned to her dreams to find guidance. This proved to be powerful, so she sought out education and training on dream interpretation. She's now a spiritual director who specializes in teaching people to interpret their dreams. She is also a mentor for the Dream Work Training Program of the Haden Institute. In this episode, you'll learn:The role that emotions play in guiding us into purposeHow dreams serve as an "inner counsel"How dreams change our lives for the betterThree ways that dreams communicate purpose to usFour practical steps for interpreting your dreamsPam's website***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you.Learn more at schoolofpurpose.org.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

31 mar.

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What should we do if we're stuck in a job that doesn't give us purpose? How do we find our way out?Brooke Erol was a successful business executive years ago, but deep inside she knew that it wasn't the right job for her. She embarked on a journey to find a more purposeful career. She found it helping others find their purpose, and she became a life coach. After about a decade of this, she also started consulting businesses on finding purpose as an organization. She brings a wealth of practical strategies for finding purpose as individuals and groups. In this episode, you'll learn about:Why knowing what you don't want is as important as knowing what you do wantHow companies can have purpose and what it looks likeThe first step for anyone seeking a more purposeful careerThe one exercise that any group or organization can do to find purpose togetherHow leaders can foster purpose in their organizations***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you.Learn more at schoolofpurpose.org.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

24 mar.

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What does it feel like when we moments of clarity with our purpose? It would be easy to assume that these moments are light and cheery, but in reality they often come amid distress. This mini-episode explores how this works.

22 mar.

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How does purpose play into leadership? What does it mean to be a purposeful leader?Tony Martignetti is a former business executive who now coaches leaders in finding purpose in their own lives and leading others with purpose. He's written a book and has his own podcast. He uses his experience and wisdom to be a "chief inspiration officer" for others. He makes clear that purpose isn't just for us. We use it to make other people's lives better too-especially through leadership.In this episode, you'll learn about:Why we unearth things within ourselves in order to help othersThe strategy of making "small bets" with experiences to find purposeThe difference between achievement and purposeThe relationship between purpose and effective leadershipHow to inspire other people into purpose*** You can find Tony online at: https://www.inspiredpurposecoach.com/His podcast: https://thevirtualcampfire.libsyn.com/***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you.Learn more at schoolofpurpose.org.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

17 mar.

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What is the relationship between money and purpose? This week's mini-lesson reflects on whether money is necessary for purpose, if it's a by-product of purpose, or if it's a hinderance to purpose.

15 mar.

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How do we intentionally reinvent our lives into something better? What does this look like when we're over 50? Wendy Marx has had a peripatetic career. She's been a social worker, a journalist, marketer, PR agency owner, and now she's a career coach and branding expert. Along the way she has gathered three master's degrees. This rich experience gives her unique insight in how and why we reinvent ourselves--becoming our better selves both in the workplace at home. Into this she layers in the experience of aging.In this episode, you'll learn aboutWhat it means to reinvent yourself into something betterHow being over 50 actually benefits us in finding purposeHow and why to walk into discomfortWhat to do when you feel stuck in a careerThe importance of resilience for finding a purposeful careerHere are links for learning more about Wendy's workWebsiteLinkedInTwitterEmail: wendy@thrivingat50plus.comMailing List***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you.Learn more at schoolofpurpose.org.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

10 mar.

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Do you have a bucket list? You might want to add something similar but far more powerful-a casket list. These are the most meaningful things that you want to bring forth in your life before you die. This mini-lesson explains how to create a bucket list and why it's so powerful.

8 mar.

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How can we find purpose in a given moment?Mark Mirko is an award-winning photojournalist. He thinks deeply about his craft. His job is to enter situations and capture their essence in a rectangular, digital image. This requires work, patience, and skill as well as a deep understanding of how to engage moments. Mark gives us a deep dive into what it means to be an image maker. The principles for doing this readily apply to creating purpose in a moment as well. In this episode, you'll learn about:Finding layers of meaning in a situationThe importance of active observation Using our vocations to create value for other peopleCreating purpose in a momentHow photography serves as a metaphor for creating purpose***Want to connect? Have a question? Just want to say "hi"? Send me an email at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you.Learn more at schoolofpurpose.org.Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. He does a great job and is a joy to work with. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com

3 mar.

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