Episode 73: Purpose or Perish

Episode 73: Purpose or Perish

The greatest philosophical writings over the centuries have often examined the idea of the meaning of life. After the World War II, Viktor Frankl’s writing often explored the idea of the existential vacuum, which plagued those who entered the concentration camps giving them no reason to fight for life. What we realize now is that a sense of purpose and meaning plays a vital role as it offers protection from life’s undeniable hardships and discovering that purpose for oneself can be the meaningful journey in and of itself.

On today’s podcast, our guest William Damon, Ph.D., a professor and psychologist at the Stanford School of Education, says that stress isn’t the biggest problem growing up today: It’s meaninglessness. Tune into Sucheta’s interview with Dr. Damon as they discuss how to help children build meaning beyond themselves.

About William Damon, Ph.D.


In his book #PathtoPurpose #WilliamDamon says, 'Purpose endows a person with joy in good times & resilience in hard times, and this holds true all throughout life.' Listen on #FullPreFrontal with @SuchetaKamath. Click To Tweet #WilliamDamon says purpose is not a magical elixir, but a big motivator in life and mainly, it deters self-absorption. Listen to today’s #Podcast with @SuchetaKamath #FullPreFrontal. Click To Tweet



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Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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