How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes | Adam Leipzig | TEDxMalibu

  • Published on Feb 2, 2013
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    Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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  • Kamil Horvát
    Kamil Horvát 4 hours ago

    I haven't watch the talk, but one thing immediately struck me: Why is it almost 11 minutes long, when the title says that only 5 minutes are needed to know my life purpose? WTF? Seems to me, like this guy is trying to bullsh*t me and everyone else as well.

  • Uncle Shredded Wheat
    Uncle Shredded Wheat 5 hours ago

    If this video didn't help you find the purpose of your life in 5 minutes, you missed the fact that the video is 10:33

  • Casa Rio
    Casa Rio 12 hours ago

    I'm not sure about life's purpose, but I did learn that I am now, after watching this, uniquely and "supremely qualified to teach" others not to waste even 5 minutes with this particular TED talk :)

  • Casa Rio
    Casa Rio 12 hours ago

    The way he frames and presents this, it is really more about how to figure out your job's purpose (and all the examples he gives at the end are related to occupation). Fact is, most of us do not (or should not) derive our life's purpose from our "job". Most of us dont even like our jobs, let alone all that other business. When I did the exercise, I was answering more generally about being (or trying to be) a caring, compassionate person. This leads to answer #5 being that my kids/family/friends may get some happiness out of the care and love they are shown. How disappointed to learn he was on a very narrow wavelength.

    I actually did it again based on my work (and yes I am passionate about it, most days)...but this just doesnt ever ring true or fully defines me or my purpose.

    Some TED talks are so inspiring and informative....some others, not so much. But it at least helps us to understand that when one sees a title like "learn purpose in 5 minutes"...its probably an empty promise :)

  • My Design
    My Design 14 hours ago

    Have a drink ov water dude

  • Steven Sadowski
    Steven Sadowski Day ago

    Irrelevant, we are bound by the rules of society and regulations.

  • Rob Smith
    Rob Smith Day ago

    This guy keeps talking in circles...i call Kenny circles...

  • John Schneider
    John Schneider Day ago

    I stopped it at 4:52 because I don't feel qualified to teach anything :/

  • Brice Hannah
    Brice Hannah Day ago

    A 10 minute video on how to do something in 5 mins? Huh I’m suspect already

  • Matthew Tenney
    Matthew Tenney Day ago

    Real purpose can only come from a Creator. Those who reject the idea of a Creator MUST invent something that will give them the illusion of having purpose then deceive themselves into thinking it's real. Or keep so busy they have no time to think about it.

  • Franco Zampetti
    Franco Zampetti 2 days ago +1

    I couldn't even figure out what his purpose was let alone mine.

  • Big Smoke
    Big Smoke 2 days ago


  • normalpsychology
    normalpsychology 2 days ago

    How to know your calling in five minutes. Ten minute video. Unsubscribed.

  • Danny Mcgauley
    Danny Mcgauley 4 days ago +1

    I’m an optical engineer.... window cleaner

  • montydesijokes
    montydesijokes 4 days ago +1

    Most people don't like their jobs because even if you are doing something that you like don't want to do the same thing for 50 years every day. That is why most people are unhappy in their lives.

  • Rayden Kundera
    Rayden Kundera 5 days ago

    All this what he said is bullshet. I make a bet, he doesn't have a clue about his purposes of life.
    All the best to all

  • Player360 7u7 9
    Player360 7u7 9 5 days ago

    Díganme que no soy el único que viene por Joseju

  • Marvie Cadacio
    Marvie Cadacio 5 days ago


  • Marvie Cadacio
    Marvie Cadacio 5 days ago


  • Jessica Stimpson
    Jessica Stimpson 6 days ago

    My name is Jessica. I write and dance. I do it for anyone it reaches. I do it to give them new experiences. It makes them grow.

  • Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John 7 days ago

    I like the idea of a purpose but find the question at odds with purpose. Your purpose is to be fully present and engaged in the moment. You are what you do is one view, and if you are present in the moment and understand what the moment is demanding you are full in your purpose. Your discontent is proportional to the distance between the gap between you and the present. This is basically Eckhart Tolle and many many others. My purpose is to be peace with what you need to be doing at this moment. We humans have been struggling with the affliction of defining purpose since we have been writing. Making the best decisions and thought on moment at a time will build a mountain of purpose.

  • RyonRykal
    RyonRykal 7 days ago

    That is not very helpful. I would even say it is wrong.

  • Tom Cowin
    Tom Cowin 8 days ago

    I hope this guy figures out his life’s purpose. 🤞

    • Redblade
      Redblade 4 days ago

      I expect he figured out his life's purpose a long time ago - he's a bum and still is.

  • Brook A.M
    Brook A.M 8 days ago

    We all have one common purpose of life, it is to make it to the Haven

  • KLJF
    KLJF 8 days ago

    so that means only 20% of people like capitalism . sadly most of the 80% that don't are cowards too scared to vote against it .

  • Ironswiftness
    Ironswiftness 9 days ago

    Man these ted talks are a joke...

  • Erroll Gibson
    Erroll Gibson 9 days ago

    This is all fine and dandy, but what is your "life purpose" if you have a more mundane job (e.g., supermarket clerk, cleaner, retail assistant)?

  • SoftwareDev 101
    SoftwareDev 101 9 days ago +2

    Didn’t help me at all, I’m still no further along finding out what my purpose is. What has happened is another 10 minutes of my bloody life has been wasted on this search. Cheers mate

  • tyas williams
    tyas williams 9 days ago

    Well i have no answer for those 5 questions. I guess im screwed

  • Mr. Sean
    Mr. Sean 9 days ago

    Wow. This guy thinks he wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.

  • T Sreepad
    T Sreepad 10 days ago

    I know what your life purpose is , wasting people's time.

  • Xiaosong Rong
    Xiaosong Rong 10 days ago

    Wish i could double thumb down a video like this

  • Vimel C.
    Vimel C. 10 days ago

    After watching this video i forgot my life purpose

  • Linda brown
    Linda brown 11 days ago +1

    Know thyself - I love people
    What they did - I am a nurse
    Who they did it or for - caring for new mothers & infants
    What they needed/wanted - guidance & physical/emotional care
    What they got out of it/how they changed as a result. (Integrate a new life into their family/joy/less stress).
    In service to others.

  • Anna Lawrence
    Anna Lawrence 11 days ago

    Loved it. I watched it again and paused it. Very though provoking has helped me ge clearer of what is important to me and what I can offer in my work

  • ASMR touch
    ASMR touch 11 days ago

    So these grads dont have a clue either? Good to know I saved myself the student loans.

  • the Omega Concern
    the Omega Concern 13 days ago

    Find out what you don't do well and then don't do that.

  • the Omega Concern
    the Omega Concern 13 days ago +1

    The audience drifted off steadily from 3 to 5 because people don't really know.

  • Brandon Arizmendi
    Brandon Arizmendi 15 days ago

    I understand so much better now.
    2)I sing
    3)My family
    5)They get happy

    I want to bring joy to others through singing.
    I used to think my purpose had to do with gaming but it was very selfish because i only cared about my own joy playing videogames. So I thought I could start streaming but realized i wasnt into it at all. That's why I had to quit playing games all day, because it's easy to do things that bring happiness only to yourself like: watching youtube or netflix all day, playing video games, doing drugs and scrolling through social media to entertain yourself. Those things are okay in moderation but too much of it will leave you helpless and useless. You'll wake up someday and think "my god I'm useless, I have no skill and nothing to give to people". And you can't run away from it forever, I recommend Jordan Peterson's video about the Man-child you'll see why you have to make some sacrifice eventually.
    So you should do what you love, but make sure it's something you can create instead of consume because that's how you share with others. Maybe someday you can turn it into a job
    Maybe someday I'll be a singer

  • Linkario86
    Linkario86 15 days ago

    I fail at the second one. I don't know what I want to do

  • Make Asylums Great Again

    Your video is 5 minutes too long.

  • Biggs Baysic
    Biggs Baysic 16 days ago

    This can't help you; #2 asks what do you do - if you know what you do then you already know your lifes purpose

  • girlelixir
    girlelixir 17 days ago +1

    Wow! this actually worked for me!

    • girlelixir
      girlelixir 16 days ago +1

      Mark Gipson seems so simple now I think about it. I love these moments.

    • Mark Gipson
      Mark Gipson 16 days ago +1

      girlelixir I agree. I answered the first three many times before without having to think because they were real time facts. The fourth one was always money driven, the fifth didn't matter much.But when I thought about doing what I was really good at, that someone was going to get quality because I know I'm good at it. No doubt!

  • XempireX18
    XempireX18 17 days ago

    this video is 10 minutes...

  • s k
    s k 19 days ago +3

    1:I'm a living unit made of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.
    2:I watch youtube and eat.
    3:I was hungry.
    4:What people?
    5:What people?

  • BENS19777
    BENS19777 19 days ago

    Answered first question fine, after that didnt have a clue.

  • Oăn Pít
    Oăn Pít 19 days ago

    He never knows the purpose of his life :))

  • Freedom Forever
    Freedom Forever 19 days ago

    Basically he is saying don't look at work as a job, look at it as helping others. A simple mindset can change the world. I work in a restaurant, so instead of me thinking I'm there just doing a job, I'm actually providing Value to the community I live in. If I didn't, it would fail and go out of business. Free markets are the ONLY real ones that provide value that people want.

  • susan h
    susan h 20 days ago

    I had no answers after question 1

  • Mr. H wish to know?
    Mr. H wish to know? 20 days ago

    Rubbish. none of this makes sense or is applicable for me. Maybe just him or like him.

    • Bao Giap Van
      Bao Giap Van 18 days ago

      Do you still try to find the answer? If yes, what are your painpoints in this topic?

  • Sun Sang
    Sun Sang 20 days ago

    Can't imagine 19 million people watched this one...useless...a show...and yes indeed, this one should run for Office...he would win...

  • Me Me
    Me Me 21 day ago

    I don't have an answer for number 2. Maybe it should be, what do you love to do? Me...EAT FOOD. Is that my purpose? If yes, then I'm very good at it!

  • Bas van der Graaff
    Bas van der Graaff 22 days ago +1

    Error, couldn't answer question 2.

  • Angel Shining
    Angel Shining 22 days ago

    I think there is no life purpose, just make a list of what makes you happy and mostly do that , work any job that provides you what money you need to coincide with your happiness items.

  • Base Reality
    Base Reality 22 days ago

    no, no its not easy. its incredibly difficult. life is suffering and all we can do reduce the suffering. so get out there and reduce your suffering.
    what you do matters. you're a candle and everyone has a wick. light them up with goodness that rises up in darkness.

  • D Kahn
    D Kahn 23 days ago

    Act the way you'd like to be, and soon you'll be the way you act.

    It's not what happens to you that is important, but how you react to it that matters.

    Watch your thoughts, for they become words, watch your words, for they become actions, watch your actions, for they become habits, watch your habits, for they become your character, watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

  • Howard Acquistapace
    Howard Acquistapace 23 days ago

    notice how few people in the audience were able to answer out loud the last 3 of the 5 questions.
    less than 20%?
    So what % if audience got what he was saying or "giving"?

  • Bawan Faraj
    Bawan Faraj 25 days ago

    6:26 ''Give yourself a hand'' gladly

  • Devin Mabra
    Devin Mabra 25 days ago

    I'm not really sure the point of this? Those are 5 intriguing questions, but they take more thought than 5 minutes.

  • Ana Fett
    Ana Fett 25 days ago

    I think my favorite part of this video is that I still have no idea what my life purpose is after watching. What a waste