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The Power of Meaning

By Steve Plante

· Meaning

“In the meaningful life you use your highest strengths and talents to belong to and serve something you believe is larger than the self." - Viktor Frankl


What a magnificent quote by Victor Frankl that gets to the essence of the power of meaning - the human need to belong to a Community that serves a meaningful purpose, tapping into the best people have to offer, individually and collectively.

Here are some other quotes by Viktor Frankl that I find particularly inspiring:


“Leading a meaningful life corresponds with being a "giver." People leading meaningful lives get a lot of joy from giving to others."

“Meaning transcends the self. People who have high meaning in their lives are more likely to help others in need.”


“Meaning is not only about transcending the self, but also about transcending the present moment -- It connects the past to the present to the future.”


When I wrote The Human Experience in the Digital Age I started it with yet another quote from Frankl - "a human being is no thing". That we have innate needs for safety, belonging, purpose, and growth - needs that were ignored as irrelevant in the Industrial Age - that when satisfied are the true source of sustained organizational agility and optimal productivity.


Does this sound like Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs? That's because it is - satisfying human needs for safety, love and belonging, and growth, directed by an intrinsic sense of meaning. That satisfying these needs is the true source of optimal human contribution and accomplishment shaping a virtuous culture that promotes organizational (community) prosperity Today and Tomorrow. A culture where People thrive ever fueling untold future possibilities. Is it possible? Yes it is.


This is what I see, This is my quest. My personal Meaning that compels me to "give" and share my thoughts as they evolve.

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