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My purpose statement

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Two weeks ago, I talked about purpose statements. Here’s what I have for myself right now: 

I kindle possibility by revealing growth, beauty, and kindness.

“Reveal” is what holds a lot of the power for me. There is both a humility and a wonder to it. The world is already beautiful. All I have to do is help people see that. Kindling is one manifestation of this purpose: I help people pierce through the cynicism, outrage, despair, and apathy by highlighting social progress from around the world. 

But the purpose statement goes beyond that. Through it, I also strive to reveal myself. I reveal the beauty and kindness in me, so that others can better see it in themselves and create new possibility for their lives and their communities. In that way, my purpose calls me to vulnerability and connection.

What’s your purpose statement?


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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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