Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING SUMMARY AND REVIEW

Viktor Frankl survived the terror of Nazi concentration camps and, from his suffering developed logotherapy. The main principle of his teaching is based on the idea that we can choose our response to every single challenge that we encounter on our path.

Let’s review the wisdom from his book Man’s Search For Meaning one of the most read books in personal development.

YOUR ATTITUDE

Viktor Frankl says that we are the only ones in charge to choose our reactions to any given situations. He went through the horrors of the holocaust during the Second World War losing all his family and almost dying himself. He started applying his philosophy while all he was experiencing was injustice, suffering, beating, starvation and death and in spite, all of this he was still able to keep his self-control.

The truth is that nobody of us fortunately had to go through something that hard as life in concentration camp. If Viktor Frankl could manage to choose his response in the middle of such incredible brutality why can’t we in our daily life?

For sure we go true things that we never wanted to happen from small as a brake up or being fired to losing someone that we loved or a sickness. Remember that ultimately, no matter how hard the situation, you will always have the last freedom of choosing your reaction.

The quote:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”Viktor Frankl from Man’s Search for Meaning.

PURPOSE

What is your dream? What are you here to do? It was not easy for me to discover my mission in life, I changed my mind many times. One has to try different things and to discover for himself what his bliss is and follow it with courage. Take time for yourself and write down your highest dreams and in which way you are planning to affect the world. One question that really helped me was: What would you if money was no object?

The quote:

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him” Viktor Frankl from Man’s Search for Meaning.

FREEDOM FROM THE OUTCOME

If you are in love with what you do success will follow. If you do what you love you are alive and inspired. Just have a look at the faces of people in the street, 99% per cent of people are literally walking dead, doing a job they don’t like to buy stuff they don’t need to impress people they hate. Just madness. Are you one of them? It takes courage to follow your bliss as Joseph Campbell would say, but if you do it, you will never regret about it. When you do what you love expecting nothing in return your action are going to be true and valuable than anything else you could ever do; you will express yourself freely and this as a side effect will make you happy.

The quote:

“Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.” Viktor Frankl from Man’s Search for Meaning.

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MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING QUOTES

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it” Viktor Frankl from Man’s Search for Meaning.

“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the `why` for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how” If you have a big enough “Why” you will keep going even in the midst of the hardest situation like a concentration camp. It might be helping your family, coming back to your wife, or feeding starving children. Know your “Why” and you will be able to find any “How” Viktor Frankl from Man’s Search for Meaning.