The process of creating a life that means something starts off with us reminding ourselves about agency. It’s the inherent power and responsibility all of us come into the world with. The responsibility part is often forgotten, but that’s what makes us human. Our responsibility to the world around us is the essence of a meaningful life. Here are 5 basics I’ve discovered from my years of doing Futurism and the hundreds of discussions I’ve had with people around the world.

Service to others. There was a time when service to others was the defining value in most societies. In a self-indulgent society, this is a little old-fashioned, but it’s worth the pursuit. 

Self-reflection. It’s tough to find support for self-awareness and self-reflection. Most pop culture props want you to look outside of yourself instead of…

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