The following is a direct excerpt from the excellent book “Mastery” by Robert Greene (pg 28). I will eventually expand on this with a series of posts on this theme, as I reflect on the lessons from this book that resonate most powerfully with me.

What we lack most in the modern world is a sense of a larger purpose to our lives.

In the past, it was organized religion that often supplied this. But most of us now live in a secularized world. We human animals are unique – we must build our own world. We do not simply react to events out of biological scripting. But without a sense of direction provided to us, we tend to flounder. We don’t know how to fill up and structure our time. There seems to be no defining purpose to our lives. We are perhaps not conscious of this emptiness, but it infects us in all kinds of ways.

Feeling that was are called to accomplish something is the most positive way for us to supply this sense of purpose and direction. It is a religious-like quest for each of us. This quest should not be seen as selfish or antisocial. It is in fact connecting to something much larger than our individual lives. Our evolution as a species has depended on the creation of a tremendous diversity of skills and ways of thinking. We thrive by the collective activity of people supplying their individual talents. Without such diversity, a culture dies.

Your uniqueness at birth is a marker of this necessary diversity. To the degree that you cultivate and express it you are fulfilling a vital role.

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  1. Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive.
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve:
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I wanted to subscribe to your newsletter, but I couldn’t find it. Do you have it?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Jan Zac

    1. Hi Jan, thanks for the comment! I really appreciate your kind words, and your reaching out to connect. Sorry you didn’t see how to subscribe! I’ve actually just been building this blog, it’s pretty much brand new, so I now have a newsletter signup in the right sidebar; additionally I have a topbar signup form on various pages. Since you asked, I took the liberty of adding you to my mailing list (but note I don’t have any email campaigns set up yet, so don’t expect an email right away 🙂 )

      I’d be glad to exchange links (yes, should improve SEO), though I’m not sure where I’d put yours yet. Once I have a page that’s appropriate I will; and I’ll aim to mention your site in a relevant article when I write one.

      I don’t have any suggestions for your site – it looks good! Nice job for your first site, and it looks like you’re delivering valuable content. I’ll read through some more soon. As for promotion, I’m doing zero currently, as I have multiple projects I’m building and this site is still under construction (but getting close to where I’m ready to promote it). I don’t intend to pay for promotion, just produce good content and cross-promote on content and social media sites.

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