ZLABS‎ > ‎100 Rebuilding YOU‎ > ‎109 Education-TED‎ > ‎TED‎ > ‎TED Videos‎ > ‎

Purpose

Updated 08/04/2017
pur·pose
ˈpərpəs/
noun
noun: purpose; plural noun: purposes
  1. 1.
    the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
    "the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee"
    synonyms:motivemotivation, grounds, causeoccasionreasonpointbasisjustification More
    • a person's sense of resolve or determination.
      "there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off"
      synonyms:determinationresolutionresolve, steadfastness, backbonedrivepushenthusiasmambitionmotivationcommitmentconvictiondedication;
      informalget-up-and-go
      "they started the game with purpose"
    • a particular requirement or consideration, typically one that is temporary or restricted in scope or extent.
      "pensions are considered as earned income for tax purposes"
verb
formal
verb: purpose; 3rd person present: purposes; past tense: purposed; past participle: purposed; gerund or present participle: purposing
  1. 1.
    have as one's intention or objective.
    "God has allowed suffering, even purposed it"
    synonyms:intendmeanaimplandesign, have the intention; 
    decideresolvedetermineproposeaspire
    "they purposed to reach the summit"




Be an Opportunity Maker (9:46)
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives.  
But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?)  Writer 
Kare Anderson shares
her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping
other people use their own talents and passions.

 
Before I die I want to ... (6:02)
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an
abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question:
"Before I die I want to ___." Her neighbors' answers — surprising, poignant, funny
— became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)


How NOT to be Ignorant About the World (19:05)                                                                09/18/2016
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts
of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer),
demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about
what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’
son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

 
How to find work you love (6:20)
Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years
wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful.  He shares what he
learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and
then getting started doing it.
 
How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 minutes (10:32)
Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and
distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he
was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

 
Living beyond Limits (9:44)
When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee.  And now ... she's a
pro snowboarder (and a killer competitor on "Dancing with the Stars"!).  In this
powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.
 
Should you live for your resume ... or your eulogy? (5:01)
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk:
the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection,
community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy.  (Joseph Soloveitchik has
called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.")  Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

 
Why some of Us Don't Have One True Calling (12:26)
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Well, if you're not sure you want to do
just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone.  In this illuminating talk,
writer and artist 
Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls
"multipotentialites" — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime.  
Are you one?
 
Why you will fail to have a good career (15:08)  [LANGUAGE]
In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the
absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.