3 Stoic Questions to Ask Yourself That Will Help You Find Your Purpose

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it.” — Benjamin Button

Anand Swamy
6 min readJul 29, 2022


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What’s my purpose? I’m sure it’s a question that’s crossed your mind at least once. It crosses my mind to this day. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

While on the search, I’ve done a lot. I worked in account management for a Fortune 100 company, and a Silicon Valley startup. I’ve done freelance work, where I’ve taught myself to make videos and how to write engaging content. I’ve started an eCommerce business creating delicious spices and cooking videos. I’ve even invited strangers to my house, rearranged my apartment like a restaurant, and cooked for them.

If that’s not enough, I worked for Caviar, delivering meals on my bike when I lived in San Fransico. It was fun, except when I had to dart across the city which boasts a lengthy seven miles to deliver Thai food at 1 a.m. Needless to say, I have buns of steel. I’ve had so many jobs, you’d think I was Jamaican.

All this experience and I still am no closer to finding my purpose.

What Is Your Purpose?

Maybe your purpose is seeking purpose and never finding it. Maybe you found your purpose already. If you did, you’re lucky.

However, I don’t believe we have a preordained all-encompassing purpose. We are alive for a short period of time, and during that time our life is filled with meaning and meaningless things.

The purpose may be just seeking those things that give us meaning.

I don’t find too much meaning in brushing my teeth. However, when I floss, I obtain superhuman powers strong enough to crack DaVinci's code or the String Theory.

All jokes aside, hopefully, you get my drift. Spending time with loved ones definitely ranks high on the purpose meter…



Anand Swamy

I write about personal development and self awareness.