780. Expert Interview: Why Do You Want What You Want?
Malcolm and Simone Collins
Founders of the Pragmatist Foundation and co-CEOs of Travelmax, an international corporate travel management company, Malcolm and Simone Collins authored the bestselling Pragmatist’s Guide to Life, a book intended to encourage critical thought and intentional living.
Why Do You Want What You Want?
As humans, we get to choose what we believe and who we want to be. These are the most important decisions we will ever make. The vast majority of people never exercise their freedom to choose their identity and beliefs. Instead, they allow others to tell them who they are, choosing only a few trivial differentiating traits for themselves. When they react angrily or generously, they ascribe the personality that lead them to that behavior as being something outside their control.
Why Is This Important?
We live life as a sticky ball rolling down a sidewalk, picking up a hodgepodge of stuff that just happens to be in our path. It is natural to try to convince ourselves that this hodgepodge is “who we really are.” We are served a smorgasbord of prefabricated worldviews and told we have the option to choose among them. Worse, we live in a society in which there is no profession or organization we can turn to for help answering life’s big questions that will not pressure us to adopt beliefs closer to their own. There is no institution designed from the ground up to help people come up with their own conclusions.
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
As humans, we get to choose what we believe and who we want to be. There are four seminal questions you must ask yourself and relentlessly work through in order to achieve a life that represents the best of who you are on your own terms, not society’s:
1) What is the purpose of my life?
2) How can I best realize the purpose of my life?
3) Who do I want to be?
4) How do I want other people to think of me?
Books on The Topic
The Pragmatist’s Guide to Life: A Guide to Creating Your Own Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions, Malcolm and Simone Collins
Connecting With Malcolm and Simone Collins
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