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Rebecca Lynn

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What is my obligation to society and the world?

I am a person that was born in good health, to a great family, a relatively high IQ, and with financial means and connections. I have struggled my entire life with feeling that have not done my part to contribute to the solving the problems of the world. Is there a TED scholar in this community that can help me come up with a realistic goal that would allow me to feel satisfied with my contribution to the world? I would love it if someone could come up with a talk relating to this subject.


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  • Oct 3 2013: Hi Rebecca,

    It's great that you starting reflecting in your life that you need to do something before 'the end'. Be grateful that you discovered this at early age :)

    I used to be in your situation where I am thinking what are my obligatins to the society and the world? However, before start thinking about society and world (it's good that you think like this), why don't you start thinking, "What is my obligation towards myself?" or in a simpler term, "What is the purpose of my life?"

    It's important to have clarity about yourself first before thinking about others so that you will not get swayed along the way.

    And here's the hard part. "What is my purpose!?" I discovered my sense of purpose just recently ago when I am working in a place and role I hate. By knowing the suffering of working as 'this role', it brought me to a realization that I really like meeting people because my previous 'roles' is all about meeting people and coaching. I stopped temporarily to work as 'this role'.

    All in all, what you gotta do is do things that you do not expect yourself will be doing. I do not expect myself to be coaching, and I do not expect myself to be working as 'this role'. Both of these experiences contributed to my sense of purpose, to develop people, because I enjoy teaching and coaching.

    You will never be able to find your purpose until you get out of your house and started doing unexpected things. You'll never know what you will find, good and bad.

    Hope this helps. It's time to get out of your comfort zone :)

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