What is Your Greater Purpose?

We all ask the question, what is my purpose here? What am I meant to do, and what are my greatest gifts? Many of us seek to know these answers so we can make a difference in our day to day lives, and feel like we are leading a more purpose driven life. Take this quiz, and perhaps it will guide you down a different path, or shine upon your greater gifts that you were unaware of.

Lara Kosheez
Created By Lara Kosheez
On Nov 4, 2018

When you were a child, what was the first calling you had?

Throughout your life what have others said you are gifted at?

In your spare time you like to (or would like to)...

What word describes you best?

In what field would you like to work?

Who is (was) an influential person you look up to with utmost respect?

If you won the lottery you would donate money to which of the following causes...?

Which mantra do you try to live by most?

Out of the following options, what sounds like the most gratifying day for you?

You feel most connected to yourself and to humankind when you are...

To Help Others Feel Heard and Find Their Purpose

To Help Others Feel Heard and Find Their Purpose

You have a kind and giving heart, and are the one your friends go to when they need advice or help. You are not burdened by listening to others, but instead you take comfort in knowing that your advice helps people find peace and solace. Chances are in your line of work you use your gift of empathy to relate to others, and you find deep gratification in inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives. You like to know people's stories... where they have come from, where they are going, and to better understand their unique struggles. Your greater purpose is to be that kind ear when others will not listen. You are not only good at offering advice, but you have a knack for seeing others' greatest gifts and talents and are also skilled at offering ideas on how they can best utilize those gifts to make greater impact within their communities. If you aren't already involved in counseling, education, or psychology, you would excel in those fields. Outside of work, fulfill your greater gift by volunteering within your community: listen to those who suffer, and offer your wisdom and insight. Or widen your scope, and plan a trip abroad and counsel those who face grave challenges in their day to day lives. Do not take your gift lightly; you are able to see the beauty and potential in anyone. In a society where there is a lack of compassion and sadly a prolific increase in judgement and self-centeredness, your talent for understanding others and making them feel important is undeniably a critical need.

To Help the Environment and Inspire others to Follow Suit

To Help the Environment and Inspire others to Follow Suit

You are a lover of nature. From a young age you have always loved being outdoors, and enjoy learning about different animals and environments. You often feel a greater connection to nature and animals than you do to people. That's not to say you aren't social though; and in fact you enjoy thoroughly being around others, especially those who share your appreciation and passion for beautiful, healthy environments. You find purpose and meaning in being a steward of the land, and helping to preserve all that it entails. You also find it deeply rewarding to educate others on how they can better care for their environments. Your greatest gift is just that; to convince others to take action by recycling, using more sustainable sources of energy, to volunteer time to clean up highways, or donate resources to a local animal shelter. Chances are you already do many of these things, but if you don't, then in doing so you will feel a greater sense of power and purpose in your life. It is one thing to admire beautiful land and wildlife, but quite another thing to get out there and keep it that way. You can start small and clean up litter on side walks and trails, ride your bike more, or create a recycling bin at work. Or you can go big and volunteer globally, by helping beached whales, rescuing animals from oil spills, planting trees where deforestation is taking place, or donating time to research environmental issues and identify contributing sources. Your gift of loving nature and wildlife can often feel like a curse to you, because there are so many that believe as humans we are not negatively impacting our environment by much. The thousands of species going extinct in our lifetime, and rising sea levels are just occurrences out of our control; at least this is the belief of many. Use your intense passion for wildlife to inspire others to make change. If it wasn't for stewards like you, where would we be now? We rely on this planet to survive; therefore your gift of preserving nature will ensure than humans will live on as well.

To Inspire Others Through the Arts and by Creating

To Inspire Others Through the Arts and by Creating

You perhaps have often felt like an outcast... withdrawn at times, you find solace in spending time alone. You don't feel alone, however, when you are listening to a great album, watching a film by your favorite director, reading a powerful book, or getting lost in creating something that expresses who you are. You have a fundamental belief that we are all given a gift here in our lives, and you know that yours is through expressing yourself, and sharing it with others. Chances are you have been drawn to the arts and expression from early childhood. You love all genres of art, including painting/drawing, poetry, theater/film, dance, and mixed media. People respond to your talent and to your creations, and often go out of their way to tell you how it has affected and inspired them. This appreciation and recognition of your work fuels you to continue creating. Being recognized for your gift is wonderful, but you also create from a real sense of need; your expression comes from a deep, internal place, and through the creative process you make sense of the world and your place within it. It is how you process your emotions, find your freedom, and ultimately how you define yourself. If you are a creative spirit, and you have let your gift go dormant, chances are you feel depressed and don't feel connected to those around you. Reclaim your gift if you have cast it aside, or try a new medium if the previous one no longer fuels you. If you are currently using your talent, take it to the next level to create social change. Think upon a documentary or film that moved you to take action socially. Or perhaps it was a book, or a series of haunting photographs that moved you to volunteer abroad. In a society where art is often put to the way side you must fight to keep creating and sharing your voice. Art bridges the gap between gender, race, and socio-economic groups: it brings us closer to one another as human beings. We need your creative gifts to bring us together, now.

To Seek Knowledge and Share it with Others

To Seek Knowledge and Share it with Others

You are a lover of knowledge. You find the greatest meaning when you are seeking to better understand your world and share your newfound knowledge with others. You have an utmost passion for diverse cultures, and are always seeking to better understand how other people live their day to day lives. You love to dive into a good book, and often are drawn to ones that are historically based, or shed light on factual events. That's not to say you don't appreciate mythology, and stories that revolve around Gods and Goddesses; you love to understand how past civilizations lived and made sense of their world through their unique legends and folklore. Your appreciation for knowledge is unparalleled, but your greater gift is in sharing your knowledge with others. You find yourself most connected when you are able to enlighten someone on a subject they know nothing about. You are not gratified by simply staying at home and reading a book or watching an illuminating documentary; although these things are immensely pleasurable to you, you love to get out and travel, and learn about other cultures first hand. You've got a bucket list full of places that you'd like to visit, and when you travel you feel most vibrant and alive. You likely work in the field of educating others somehow, because you find it deeply rewarding to see others learn. If you are not in a field where you can share your knowledge you probably find yourself stifled and unsatisfied. There is no limit to what you love to learn about: you like learning about everything from fine food/wine, nature, art, philosophy, history, religion, and so much more. Your greatest challenge is to share your passion for so many things with others. Consider hosting a documentary night at your place each month and featuring a different film each time that is engaging and educational. You will find yourself most fulfilled when you are able to have meaningful discussions with others on an intellectual level, and henceforth hear their unique point of views.

To Help Those in Critical Need

To Help Those in Critical Need

The suffering of others affects you deeply, and you find your greater purpose is in helping those who suffer, mentally and/or physically. Chances are that you have endured medical issues of your own, and understand on a profoundly personal level the needs of the sick. You believe in the power of medicine, whether it is naturopathic or allopathic. You also believe great change can be made through the practice of healing others. Medicine to you is not simply the act of cleaning a wound, or handing someone a dose of pills, it is far greater than that. Although you do recognize that medications serve a much needed purpose, you believe that the healing process is holistic; you find immense fulfillment in helping someone who is ill, whether it is through listening to them, sitting by their side, assisting them to eat a meal, or in reminding them that they are more than their diagnosis. You are not only talented at aiding others in need, but you are naturally empathetic towards people who don't understand the requirements of those who are sick. Part of your responsibility and greater purpose here on earth is in educating those who do not understand the needs and feelings of the chronically ill. One of your biggest challenges is to convince those who think they are powerless that they are indeed not: they hold tremendous influence in helping their loved ones recover through compassion, understanding, and relentless support. Whether or not you work with the ill, you will find yourself most aligned and purposeful if you donate your time to help those in need. Whether it is volunteering at a local clinic, or traveling to an impoverished country where supplies and staff are limited, you will find incredible meaning in helping others who cannot help themselves. With populations of people shunned globally for their illnesses, there is no doubt a need for compassionate medical personnel. Furthermore we cannot forget the importance of research too- there are many ways to utilize and share your gift, but it is essential that you do so.

To Make Social Change through Action

To Make Social Change through Action

You are a social activist at heart. This does not mean you have to be at the front of a picket line, or put yourself in harm's way to make change, but you find your greatest purpose is in taking initiative to make social change and inspire others to do the same. This desire you possess for making change has perhaps led you into a field of non-profit work, politics, education/outreach, or the like. If you do not work in one of those fields do not fret, you can utilize your gift in a myriad of ways. At your core, you fundamentally believe in equality and justice for all humankind. You are sickened and saddened to see injustice and prejudice in your society. You are not satisfied by simply becoming informed of social issues, you are motivated and dedicated to making positive change within your community. You are gifted at seeing issues before you, and coming up with ideas on how you can help. You feel most aligned and connected to your higher self when you are able to persuade others to act socially and create change through action. You feel deeply connected to powerful and persuasive leaders of the past, who fought for the rights of women, for racial equality, for exploited workers, and so on. Many people believe we have come a long way, and equality is greater than it ever used to be. You are not satisfied with the status quo. Although we have made significant strides in certain areas, you see the need to continually fight for the subjugated. This is perhaps your greatest challenge, but also the keeper of your greatest reward. Host a night each month to feature a documentary about injustice somewhere in the world. Raise awareness among your community, and challenge its members to raise money for organizations that fight for justice and equality. If you can find the resources, volunteer abroad and document the prejudice you see through compelling photographs or video. Without people like you, who have championed for rights beyond their own, where would we be? Would we have freedom of speech or the right to education and work? Utilize your gifts and you will find yourself serving a greater purpose. It will also bring about essential change that needs to happen globally.

To Enlighten Yourself and Others Through Spirituality

To Enlighten Yourself and Others Through Spirituality

You are an enigmatic being, and have found from a young age a deep rooted connection to something greater. You are a lover of nature and often feel this greater presence when you are alone in a beautiful environment. Your gift is a unique one, because it cannot be quantified or measured. You find that your greatest inspiration comes from connecting to a higher source, and by helping others to feel connected to something that is beyond them. We live in a scientific society, where we value physical data, and that which can be seen and measured. You are able to look past the science, and are not shocked when someone is healed inexplicably. If you have hidden your gift, reevaluate the people you surround yourself with, and find groups and congregations where you can be yourself and share your spiritual nature. Living spiritually is essential to you, but you will feel most gratified when you are around others who share your particular spiritual connection. It is very likely that you already knew your greatest gift before taking this quiz... because it is in your nature to seek your higher purpose and learn how you can fulfill your spiritual dharma, or service to a higher power. In order to reach an increased level of spiritual awareness, you would likely benefit from participating in a retreat, whether locally, or in a remote, beautiful part of the world. Being amongst hundreds, or even thousands of others who share your point of view and connection to a greater power would no doubt provide you with unequaled purpose. What an amazing energy to feel: to be in the presence of others who share your spiritually driven life; whether it is through mass prayer, meditation, yoga, or energy work. When things are tough amongst your family and friends you are often the one they reach out to, because you can access what is greater, and see the gifts in even the gravest of circumstances. Continue to inspire others to greatness, and you will feel rewarded for living a spiritually driven life.

To Use Your Charismatic and Influential Personality to Inspire Others

To Use Your Charismatic and Influential Personality to Inspire Others

You are a charismatic and social being, and it is highly likely that you were born this way. People are naturally drawn to you and your magnetic personality, and you thoroughly enjoy making others laugh. You also love to entertain and make others feel comfortable and important. You are not afraid of the limelight, in fact that is where you feel most at home. You feed off of others' attention, and not in a self-righteous or haughty way. You simply know that you possess the gift for entertaining others and take joy in making people happy. Because of your popular nature, people are often inspired to follow in your suit: therein lies your greater gift to make great change. You are a natural leader, and your power of persuasion can be utilized in so many ways to make a difference in the world. You appreciate people from all walks of life, and this is likely why people connect to you so easily. You can utilize your popularity and influence others to support a cause you are passionate about. You might start small by kicking off a food drive, and spread the word via Facebook, and through your large group of friends. Or you can set up a fund for orphaned children, and inspire others to donate money on-line. If you want to make change politically, you would excel in this arena prolifically. Furthermore, take advantage of your immense network to reach a celebrity perhaps, who no doubt can raise large amounts of money for a good cause. The possibilities are endless. Some of the greatest change has come from people with the same gift as you. Leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Angelina Jolie have all used their influential personalities to make global change. Join their ranks and you will feel a new-discovered power and immense purpose in being who you were born to be.