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Creating a purposeful life by Richard Fox

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9 The importance of being

What is interesting about the way my research contributors described living purposefully, is that it is only partly about doing. Many people feel that there is a conflict between experiences that help them to feel in flow, and what society values as an effective use of time. Is ‘making the most of time’ when we are most productive and getting lots of stuff done or is it when we are doing what we really value with people we really value? In the twenty-first century’s hurry culture the former often gets greater emphasis than the latter.

Looking back over my life I can see that I was conditioned as a child into believing that I had to work hard in order to get on. It’s clear that I am not alone in being continually ...

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