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Soul Purpose Versus Life Purpose

While your Soul Purpose may take the form of a specific career, such as a teacher, or a police officer, the motivation behind that comes from your soul — not money, fame, or security.

In other words, Soul Purpose is more about why you choose a job or career, and less about the specific, external form it takes at any given moment.

Soul Purpose is also differentiated from “life purpose.”

While the two labels appear to be interchangeable, they are not. Life purpose is about “me” (ego-self), while Soul Purpose is about “us” (God-Self).

Many people are awakening to the idea of living life with purpose, but all too few are realizing their dreams because life purpose and Soul Purpose are distinctively different.

Life purpose has become associated with getting, attaining, and achieving something that people believe is outside of themselves. Soul Purpose is totally the opposite; it is about giving, surrendering and relinquishing.

You surrender and relinquish the ego stories so that the innate talents within your soul matrix shine forth and are given away. At first they are to be given away, but eventually you will be paid to provide your product and/or service.

Understanding Soul Purpose

For most, the idea of life purpose still evokes ideas that you only do what you love and you will become rich by doing it. It is you still telling God what you think you should be.

Soul Purpose comes from doing spiritual work to the degree that you become still enough to hear what God built you to be.

Life purpose is the “Think and Grow Rich” model that says “you can have and be whatever you want” through effort and achievement; Soul Purpose is a higher-consciousness model that helps you surrender to become who you were born to become through love.

Ironically, surrendering to Soul Purpose will actually help you achieve far more in life than pursuing life purpose.

Misunderstanding arises about Soul Purpose because of the misperception that living Soul Purpose automatically guarantees fame and fortune. This is a fallacy perpetuated by the ego.

Some people’s Soul Purpose appears to be bigger and more important than others, but this is untrue. Soul Purpose roles that thrust people into the spotlight are no more important than any other—they are merely more visible.

It appeals to the basic human ego structure that fame and fortune indicate superior social importance, but this is not so.

A mother can live her Soul Purpose merely by being an exceptionally committed parent who lovingly nurtures and cherishes her children.

A traffic cop who loves what he does and performs his job with zeal, fulfillment, and precision is just as important to the world as is the president of a country.

Who was more important—George Washington, or his mother who is rarely, if ever, spoken of? Gandhi, or his wife? Thomas Jefferson, or his mentor, George Wythe, whom few people have heard of?

Soul Purpose As Catalyst

Team members whose Soul Purpose is supporting an onstage person in more “visible” Soul Purpose roles are critical and necessary.

These support people are sometimes more highly evolved than the famous person. Because they may be more spiritually advanced, they prefer the anonymity and peacefulness of their role and need no fame or fortune while relishing their simple life.

My lovely wife Anathea is a perfect example of this.

The thought of presenting in front of a group makes her sick to her stomach, yet she operates our household with ease, grace, and charm. She feels completely fulfilled by serving me and our children and by beautifying our home.

She is the consummate supporter, constantly tying up my loose strings, taking care of details that I often overlook, and making sure I remember important things. She’s always serving others as well, in a quiet, unassuming way that she doesn’t even recognize as a major contribution (although I do).

She’s a person that others rely on for favors; they know that they can always count on her.

Anathea says,

“My Soul Purpose at the moment is being a mother. I’m perfectly content raising my kids and it’s very important to me that I raise them, rather than them being raised by nannies or daycares. Much of my purpose is the result of my upbringing.”

“Since I didn’t have the happiest childhood, it’s important for me that my children have a happy childhood. Growing up, my home life was somewhat crazy, so it’s become important for me to have order in my life. I also love maintaining traditions because I believe that traditions make for happy memories.”

I’m the one people know, but my wife is the humble, supportive partner that enables my gifts to shine. Without her I would not be nearly as effective. In this sense, support roles are the catalyst for all other Soul Purposes.

The advanced teacher may live what appears to be a simple life, but the love radiating from such a high soul uplifts all of humanity.

Mother Teresa was an excellent example of this truth. Because of the enormous diversity of what is necessary on Earth for world peace, every Soul Purpose well-lived is critical and important. In this context, one can see how fame and fortune may be irrelevant.

Therefore, monetary wealth may or may not be present, or necessary, in the life of many such souls. Because high public visibility is an unpleasant idea to many, it may or may not happen, and to the advanced teacher means nothing.

To these souls, money is mainly used to help others, to maintain privacy, and to expand the reach of their loving message.


Steve D’Annunzio is the founder of the Soul Purpose Institute, the author of The Prosperity Paradigm, and a productivity trainer and life success coach to Fortune 100 executives, professional athletes, and high-performance entrepreneurs. For twenty years, he has been helping people identify their passion, develop it into a business idea, and deliver it to the world.

A member of the Transformational Leadership Council, Steve has shared the stage with world-changers like Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Jack Canfield, and Barbra-Marx Hubbard.

He uses principles of higher awareness to inspire others to be far greater versions of themselves than they ever knew to be possible. By combining scientific and spiritual truth, he co-creates inner transformations for people to experience more outer prosperity in their life.

He is an author and composer of many books, paradigms, and artistic projects that have the common theme of alleviating human suffering and enhancing joy.

Steve lives with his family in Rochester, New York.

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