My Why Statement

by David Hartsough (2017-10-29)

Preface

The idea of the "why statement" comes from Simon Sinek's book Start With Why. In it he says, "The WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that drives every one of us." The statement is written in the form of two parts: your contribution and your impact. Typically this is written as "To [contribute] so that [impact]." This document was the scratch pad of ideas that helped me write my first WHY statement in 2017.


Original

To foster flourishing and its education by helping humanity emphasize thriving and striving for the best.

To foster flourishing and its education by helping humanity emphasize and actualize thriving and striving for the best.

To foster a curiosity-driven education of flourishing

So that humanity would focus on thriving and striving for the best.

To foster flourishing-focused education

So that humanity would emphasize thriving and striving for the best.

To foster flourishing-focused education

So that humanity would emphasize thriving and striving for the best.


  • flourishing
  • introspection
  • curiosity
  • conversation
  • creation
  • community
  • exploration
  • sharing laughter
  • connections
  • discovery
  • potential
  • identity
  • confidence
  • perspective
  • values

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  • confidence
  • potential
  • identity
  • perspective

//

creating tools and resources focused on fostering flourishing

through the advocacy and development of

by cultivating

curiosity, community, identity, connection, introspection, creation, confidence, and playfulness.

//

There's very little meaning to the universe holistically, so, when it comes to your life, you'll have to forge your own.

To foster flourishing by building communities that cultivate curiosity and advocate education

so that humanity would define its purpose in

The drive to thrive and strive for the best.

Education - curiosity, conversation, collaboration, creation

To cultivate communities, connections, and collaborations focused on the examination, exploration, and education of flourishing so that humanity would define its purpose in thriving and striving for the best.

To help humanity understand and achieve flourishing through connection, education, examination, and actualization.

Flourishing through self-actualization, self-examination, and human connection

To build deep connections, a firm identity, and a life of purpose. To evaluate what is most meaningful and important. To achieve self-actualization. To be confident and calm. To share laughter and love. And to help, encourage, motivate and inspire others to do likewise.

To help humanity understand and achieve flourishing.

I am a happy human who loves people and ideas, asking questions, and sharing laughter. I am passionate about helping people build connections, discover their potential, explore new perspectives and experiences, and achieve self-actualization. Other things I can't live without: music, psychology, philosophy, and parkour.

I want to help humanity understand and achieve flourishing (actualization; transcendence; ikigai; fulfillment), and I believe this can be achieved through a focus on community, ideas, values, lifelong education, and purposeful projects.

Helping humanity understand and achieve flourishing. Cultivating community, connection, and collaboration. Advocating lifelong education. Studying psychology and philosophy. Asking questions. Learning about others. Teaching emotional intelligence, self-transcendence, ikigai, and flourishing. Creating music. Sharing laughter and playfulness.

Playfulness ?

  • passionate
  • silliness
  • goofiness
  • adventurousness
  • storytelling
  • good at writing
  • music
  • musician

  • Serve
  • Create
  • Learn
  • Connect

//

  • Communication
  • Understanding
  • Service

  • Conversations
  • Projects
  • Learning, understanding, curiosity, discovery
  • Ideas, concepts, perspectives

//

  • Flourishing
  • Purpose = make life meaningful
  • Curiosity
  • Creation
  • Connection
  • Contribution

To cultivate curiosity and conversation

Through an education that is a personal, lifelong pursuit

To help humanity understand and define all human needs and rights

To foster flourishing by helping humanity emphasize and actualize thriving and striving for the best in all human needs and rights.

Help humanity...

  • understand,
  • prioritize,
  • emphasize,
  • define,

thriving and striving for the best in all human needs and rights.

Emphasize and actualize


To foster flourishing through the education of its fundamentals

To foster flourishing and the education of its fundamentals by helping humanity emphasize and actualize thriving and striving for the best in all human needs and rights.

Thriving and striving for the best.

All human needs and rights.