Noble Purpose

The Joy of Living a Meaningful Life
by William Damon | 98 pages

William Damon is one of the world’s leading scientists studying human development and the psychology of morality. In this book, he gives us a guide to discovering and creating our noble purpose. Big Ideas we explore include making a distinction between noble and heroic, the ultimate purpose formula, 9 tips on how to cultivate your noble purpose, the one phrase your advisor should whisper in your ears when you’ve achieved ultimate success, and how to create true, sustainable happiness.


“The examples above—cooking eggs, making golf putts, driving home through storms—are absorbing but transient experiences that people may engage in from time to time. But can you imagine living your whole life with that kind of focus? All of us have that choice. To live in this way means finding large-scale purposes that concentrate your talents, skills, thoughts, and energies in an enduring manner. It means finding something that you truly believe in, something so worth accomplishing that you dedicate yourself to it wholeheartedly, without qualm or self-interest. It means devoting yourself to a cause, or to many causes, that you consider noble purposes.”

~ William Damon from Noble Purpose

Noble purpose.

It’s all about “finding something that you truly believe in, something so worth accomplishing that you dedicate yourself to it wholeheartedly, without qualm or self-interest.”

Helping us discovering and live our noble purposes is, of course, what this book is all about.

I was introduced to William Damon and his work via Angela Duckworth’s Grit. William is one of the world’s leading scientists studying human development and the psychology of morality. <— Awesome.

This is a tiny little book that is incredibly inspiring. (Get a copy here.) It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

P.S. If you haven’t checked out Purpose 101 and the other Notes on purpose, cruise on over here to do so.

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William Damon

One of the world’s leading scholars of human development.