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How purpose begins

The following sequence outlines steps in a path to purpose for youth, according to researchers' findings.

The following sequence outlines steps in a path to purpose for youth, according to researchers' findings.

• inspiring communication with persons outside the immediate family

• observation of purposeful people at work

• first moment of revelation: something important in the world can be corrected or improved

• second moment of revelation: I can contribute something myself and make a difference

• identification of purpose, along with initial attempts to accomplish something

• support from immediate family

• expanded efforts to pursue one's purpose in original and consequential ways

• acquiring the skills needed for this pursuit

• increased practical effectiveness

• enhanced optimism and self-confidence

• long-term commitment to the purpose

• transfer of skills and character strengths gained in pursuit of one purpose to other areas of life

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Source: "The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life" by William Damon

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