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The Power Of Finding A Purpose Bigger Than Yourself with Lynne Twist

Ep. 637

This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth, InsideTracker, and Essentia.


Have you ever wondered what makes some people extraordinary? Is it something special some people just have at birth? Or are we all born the same only to evolve into greater things? I’m learning that no matter what age or phase of life we are in, we have the ability to make choices that change our lives and the lives of others for the better. Finding a purpose greater than ourselves is a catalyst for that change.


Today’s conversation with Lynne Twist is an inspiring one. We take a deep dive into creating a life of meaning and commitment, what that means for our identity, and the ripple effect it has throughout the world. Over the past 40 years, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning, and having a healthy relationship with money. An author and speaker, she has presented for the United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, State of the World Forum, Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Governor’s Conference on California Women, among others. A recognized global visionary, Ms. Twist has been an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, and The Nobel Women’s Initiative. 


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Here are more details from our interview (audio version / Apple Subscriber version):

  • Having a purpose larger than ourselves (6:32 / 4:27)
  • How Lynne’s father’s death informed her inner life (9:51 / 7:40) 
  • Lynne’s journey to becoming an activist and philanthropist (14:01 / 12:15) 
  • Lynne’s work and learning about money and wealth from Mother Teresa (19:13 / 16:58) 
  • The biology of altruism (34:34 / 30:35) 
  • What makes ordinary people extraordinary? (35:40 / 31:58) 
  • Learning from indigenous people (38:26 / 34:30) 
  • Why living a committed life is crucial to our human future (46:55 / 43:00) 
  • Why we can’t sacrifice ourselves for others (58:02 / 53:40) 
  • How to find your calling (1:02:34 / 58:33) 


Get a copy of Lynne’s book, Living a Committed Life: Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger Than Yourself, here


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