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Using The Purpose Diagram to Find Purpose

Updated: Feb 25

The Zuzunaga Venn Diagram of Purpose can be used to brainstorm passions, missions, professions, and vocations, and to find your "purpose" where all of these categories overlap. In the Western world, it is often used to find your ideal career, but it can also be used to visualize all of the ways that you contribute to the world and to find purpose outside of a career. Here are the steps to using The Venn Diagram of Purpose:


1. First, make four lists:

  • What you love to do

  • What you are good at (or that you think you could be good at if you tried)

  • What the world or your community needs more of

  • What you could be paid for

2. Find your passions: Your passions appear on both the list of what you love to do and the list of what you are good at (or you think you could be good at if you tried). Do more of these activities to bring joy and satisfaction.

  • Note: I would argue that your passions don't need to be things that you're necessarily good at, but also things that bring you joy and that you love doing.

3. Find your missions: Your missions appear on both the list of what the world or your community needs more of and the list of what you love to do. Do more of these activities to bring feelings of importance and usefulness.


4. Find your possible professions: Your professions appear on both the list of what you are good at (or you think you could be good at if you tried) and the list of what you could be paid for. If none of these professions appeal to you, that's okay, they're just possibilities.


4. Find your vocations: Your vocations appear on both the list of what the world or your community needs more of and the list of what you could be paid for.


5. Find your "purpose": Your "purpose," according to the author of the Venn Diagram, appears on each of the four lists that you made. If there are no activities that clearly belong to each category, you can try to come up with ideas based on activities in each category - passions, missions, professions and vocations. However, try not to only focus on the final products of this activity. You should try doing more activities in each list (except professions - try not to overwork yourself), since these will bring you joy, meaning and satisfaction.





The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.

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