Tune in to your inner voice: Lessons from Viktor Frankl and Hunter S. Thompson

Fortune

How do we learn to take the kinds of risks that infuse our souls with inspiration, propel our lives forward, and connect us with our own authenticity? Journalist Hunter Thompson and Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl—about as divergent in their life missions and experiences as it’s possible to be—shared a conviction that it is through the search for significance that people ultimately find their true life’s purpose. In the 1983 preface of his Auschwitz memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl writes, “Don’t aim for success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself …” Frankl is proposing that the more we let go of externally defined work objectives, and…

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