Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 15 2024

What If You Don’t Find Meaning in Your Growth?

The Meaning of Life discusses the eight driving factors that cause a person to find meaning in their life. The first—because it is essentially the meaning of life—is growth. Granted, you need all eight, so it’s a slight oversimplification, but it is the primary point. So that naturally leads to the question of growth without meaning. So let’s diagnose the reasons why one can be growing and not feeling meaning (hint: it’s from lacking the other 7 drivers).

If you are not finding meaning in your growth, it is likely due to one of the following reasons:

So, yes, while growth is the meaning of life, not all growth will make you feel fulfilled. Everyone has his or her own path in life. What you care about will be different what from someone else cares about. That’s why there are eight drivers to meaning: you grow through experience in areas that you want to and believe you can improve in, and your emotions are telling you that you are doing it right. If you do something unethically or alone, you might feel like you’re missing something. Only you can decide what is right for you.

So, if you are not finding meaning in your life, the number one culprit is that you’re not growing in any meaningful way. But if you are growing and not finding meaning in it, it is likely one of the other seven usual suspects for what is causing you to feel unfulfilled. Diagnose the issue, and you always have the opportunity to tweak one or more of those eight areas to fix it.

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Nathanael Garrett Novosel


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