The Path to Purpose with William Damon

May 10, 2018

Today it’s an honor to have Dr. William Damon on the podcast. Dr. Damon is Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence and Professor of Education at Stanford University. Damon’s current research explores how young people develop purpose in their civic, work, family, and community relationships. He examines how people learn to approach their vocational and civic lives with a focus on purpose, imagination, and high standards of excellence. Damon also has written widely about how to educate for moral and ethical understanding. Dr. Damon’s most recent books include The Power of Ideals, Failing Liberty 101, and The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life.

In this wide-ranging discussion, we cover the following topics:

    • The definition of purpose
    • The role of values in purpose
    • The difference between purpose and meaning
    • Vicktor Frankl’s “will to meaning”
    • How purpose is a late developing capacity
    • The difference between purpose and resiliency
    • The paths to purpose among young people
    • Methods for developing purpose
    • Moral commitment among moral exemplars
    • Purpose among leaders
    • The importance of taking “ultimate responsibility” in life
    • How we are leaving young people unprepared in a civic society

3 Responses to “The Path to Purpose with William Damon”

  1. Mariana says:

    Hi! I was really inspired by this episode! Thanks. Would you share the references for the scales that can be used to measure/evaluate purpose?

  2. Troy Nanninga says:

    Dr. Damon mentioned a assessment and research on purpose. I’m curious to find that information and hear more on this topic. What a great episode.

  3. Mary Brooks says:

    Thanks for this awesome Podcast.
    Mr. Damon has inspired me in order to help my sons, and encourage me in serve God, as he said.
    I think Positive Psichology must be rooted in God, our faith keep us way to heaven.
    In true hope.
    I have find the peace and purpose and meaning in Jesus Christ. His Salvation of my sins, his love. His mercy give sense to my days.
    Thank You.

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