Episode 01: How do you find meaning in life through the guidance of purpose?

Jun 10, 2021

On this episode of “Break Away”, Jacque Young, a senior on the University of Michigan’s women’s golf team, interviews Vic Strecher, a visionary leader and expert in the fields of behavior change, digital communication, and wellbeing. He’s Founder & CEO of Kumanu, a next generation wellbeing company, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, renowned speaker, and author. The two explore how to find one’s own purpose and how to find meaning in life through the guidance of purpose... (36 min)

Episode transcript.

Episode Resources

Learn more about Coursera/UMICH online course: Coursera/UMICH Online Course: ON PURPOSE

PUBHLTH 250 / ALA 264 ON PURPOSE: DESIGNING AND LIVING A BIG LIFE Syllabus

Processing/Reflection Questions:

  • Have you ever thought about purpose or what your purpose is/should be?
  • What are some goals for your life? For the next year? Next 5 years? And on?
  • What is the wallpaper on your cell phone? Does it reflect what matters most to you?
  • What do you want your headstone to say? 
  • Is your purpose more self-enhancing or self-transcending? 
  • How can you give yourself SPACE?
    • Sleep, Presence/Mindfulness, Activity, Creativity/Innovation, Eat Well

Speaker Bio

Jacque Young

Jacque Young

Student Athlete on the Women's Golf team

Jacque is a junior on the Women’s Golf team. She is an international student-athlete from Singapore, majoring in Economics, and hopes to have a career in finance. She is the creator of the podcast, “Benched Stories” – a podcast about the human stories behind the ‘perfect student-athletes’.

“Benched Stories” Bio: A podcast where I talk to elite athletes about their journeys to where they are now. We talk about the stories on the sidelines, the stories that rarely get told. These are the stories that didn’t make the cut – real conversations revealing the human behind the “perfect” athlete.

Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts:

Victor J. Strecher

Victor J. Strecher

PhD, MPH, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH is a visionary leader and expert in the fields of behavior change, digital communication, and wellbeing. His pioneering research has led to several successful ventures, reaching millions of lives. He’s Founder & CEO of Kumanu, a next generation wellbeing company, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, renowned speaker, and author.

His latest neuroscience, behavioral, and epidemiologic research; his two books, Life On Purpose and the graphic novel On Purpose; his free online course Finding Purpose and Meaning, and the Purposeful application his business (Kumanu) created are all focused on the importance of developing and maintaining a transcending purpose in life.

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