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Aging in Place The IDEA Series: Authenticity and Voice

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”
― Viktor E. Frankl


Aging in Place The IDEA Series  


What Makes you Want to Get Out of Bed in the morning? This age-old and provocative question is asked by Richard Leider in a very worthwhile video from the Business Innovation Factory. Leider is the founder of Inventure–The Purpose Company, and listed by FORBES as belonging to “the top 5” most respected executive coaches. I share his IDEAS here for Aging in Place The IDEA Series which emphases thinking that changes lives. Further, aging in place has at its core assumption the notion of choice; the most basic of human freedoms. To explore his thoughts further I encourage you to visit his website.

The Power of Purpose

After 40 years of studying purpose and meaning in life, Leider uncovered 3 themes when interviewing “elders” (>65yrs). He asked the question:

If you could do your life over again, what would you do differently?

Three themes emerged from his interviews:

  1. I’d be more reflective the second time around. Meaning, taking a step back to look at the BIG picture not just at crisis times–but all throughout life.
  2. I’d take more RISKS the second time around. Not the kind associated with sky diving, or whitewater rafting, but the kind of risks of authenticity and voice. In the spirit of bringing more of the self into the equation.
  3.  I wish I would have discovered earlier in life what was my bottom line…What really matters and what kind of authentic legacy I want to leave.

Leider found trans-formative Ideas in the work of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning (as many of us have). Key to Frankl’s message was the notion of choice, moreover, the kind of choice that is moment-to-moment in daily life. When asked: What makes you get of out bed in the morning? Leider’s research into the human experience guided by Frankl’s Logotherapy Theory, found that choosing something in the service of others, outside of one’s own self-interest, leads to a longer, more productive, and more vital experience of life.

To summarize Frankl’s IDEA: The last of the human freedom is choice.



Victor Frankl on TED 

Richard Leider 

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