How We Help

Purposely.org is an educational non-profit that provides guidance throughout the full life process from student to professional work. We facilitate adaptive change in the individual that leads to a deeper sense of life purpose.

Self Direction
and the Art of Growing Up

"What am I going to do with my life?" "What should I major in?" "Where should I go to school?" "What career should I pursue?" These are some important questions, but how do we really answer life's biggest questions? At purposely.org, it's about the process of self-direction--taking charge of our learning, taking charge of our long-term outcomes, taking charge of the changes we need to make to be the kind of person we've always imagined we would become. When we engage in this deeply reflective process of self-direction and tap into who we are and the kind of person we want to become, new pathways emerge.

Cultivate Purpose

You don’t want to just have a job. You want to have meaningful impact. You don’t just want to make money. You want to make a difference. Purposeful work is about far more than a job or a paycheck; it is a natural expression of our gifts. The more that we live with purpose the more we are in charge of setting the trajectory of our lives.

Overcome Obstacles

There are many known obstacles that all of us have to overcome, such as: coping with stress and anxiety, procrastination, money, managing time and personal resources, balancing relationships, etc. There are also unknown obstacles that invariably arise: unexpected illnesses, unexpected financial burdens, the breakdown of a car or an accident, a breakup, etc. In peer groups we work together to overcome these obstacles and discover new paths forward.

Consequential decisions

Consequential decisions are often the ones we don't make very often—who should I marry, what should my career be—kinds of decisions. But that means that these kinds of infrequent decisions are ones that we don't have very much experience with. We're trying to make decisions about things we don't know, and these are precisely the ones that we should be consulting with others about.

Strength in Numbers

One of the problems we get into is we're trying to figure all this out by ourselves. We rely on our own assumptions, intuitions, experiences as if on an island. By interacting with others, chatting, consulting, listening to others, we learn things and get different perspectives that can be immensely helpful to us in our own thinking. Don't do it all by yourself. That's when you get into trouble.

Meaningful Reflection

Every degree program, every profession and job, has its own technical learning and skills. Formulas to learn, facts to memorize. It’s easy to think that that's the main thing, and all we have to do is master that. But learning doesn't just happen because we adequately covered the material, memorized some information, and got a grade. Learning comes when we reflect on the “why” and apply the “what.” Transformative change comes not just when we master technical skills but when we master ourselves.

See the big picture

Understand that there is a difference between a job, a career, and a purpose. We are all on a quest to find the path that we should follow. We believe that path should be about much more than getting a job. We help cultivate the space to help you ask the significant questions of your life so that you're not just finding employment, you're making a difference.

Our Process

Practical Guidance

We help students see beyond classes, majors, and degree programs and focus on alignment with their deepest values and life purpose. This is a process that, truthfully, remains ongoing throughout a person's life. Through mentoring and self-directed peer groups, we provide a pathway for students to begin and for graduates to take bold next steps.

Crafted Groups

We are wired to be social creatures, next to people, around people, with people. We are meant to live our lives with others. The problem is that we don’t always know how to do that, how to work with others, how to listen, how to let others help us along. Every peer group is unique, and a healthy group experience is something that we have to craft. It doesn’t happen just because we stick people in a room together. We faciliate healthy peer group formation and process.

Shared Experiences

Becoming an active learner means taking charge of your own learning process. It's not that we don't know how to do that. It's just that we don't seem to do it very well by ourselves. Through shared experiences together in a peer group, individuals receive the kind of nudge they might not be able to get on their own.

Adaptive Learning

Every career path has a mountain of technical knowledge that must be mastered, but what students often neglect is their skill in adaptive learning. That's where we apply what we've learned, problem solve, be creative, and develop our emotional quotient. Our self-directed peer learning groups help cultivate growth from the inside out.

Radical Reflection

We cannot grow if we don't understand the things we need to work on. In a loving way, our peer group helps to hold us accountable to see clearly our strengths and weaknesses and define the practices that we know we need to change. In a healthy peer group process, others can see things in us that we are not always able to see in ourselves.

Learning Community

The core of our website is a lot like Facebook groups, but unlike the big social media sites, our site isn't about posting random tid bits about your life and scrolling through other people's posts. It's about sharing what you're learning in your group and in your life and building a culture of shared experiences that has the potential of helping others along.

Our Purpose

Our brand is the silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). We believe that a deeper sense of life purpose leads to happier, heathier, more meaningful lives.
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