Greg McKeown: The Meaning of Life and Obeying the Voice of Conscience

Greg McKeown HeadshotExcellence Reporter: Greg, what is the meaning of life?

Greg McKeown: The meaning in life becomes clear when we admit that there are only two kinds of people in the world: people who are lost; and people who know they are lost.

To be in the second category is the state we must be in to discover greater meaning in our lives. By admitting we are lost we are not lost anymore because we know what to do: be humble before our Heavenly Father, discover his will for us and pursue it.

Each day we must have the humility in our hearts to admit we don’t have all the answers; that we don’t know the way. By being in this heart condition we can learn to feel, recognize and obey the voice of conscience in our lives. We can “hear a voice behind us saying ‘this is the way: walk ye in it.’”

This–this–is the very work of life. It’s not a side note or something to think of occasionally. In this voice we will find our unique identity, unique mission, unique daily tasks and our unique destiny.

This is the meaning of life.


~Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and the founder of THIS, Inc., a company with a mission to inspire millions of people to design their essential mission in life. Their clients include Adobe, Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Google, Facebook, Pixar,, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!. Greg McKeown is emerging as one of the most refreshing and transformative speakers on why successful people and companies don’t break though to the next level. In 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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