Saturday, November 3, 2007

What Aristotle said about purpose

In my August newsletter (see my website I wrote about the power of purpose; specifically what Viktor Frankl had to say about its effect in our lives. When an inmate in Nazi death camps, he observed that those without purpose quickly died and that those with purpose, however, small, could overcome extraordinary obstacles and hardships.

More than 2000 years ago, Aristotle was giving his own advice about purpose. He said:

“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective.

Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods.

Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

Mine is voyaging up the coast of the Labrador. What's yours?

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