Written By Matt Morris -
Viktor E. Frankl: Why To Believe in Others
This week’s video features Viktor E. Frankl, the author of one of my all-time favorite books, Man’s Search for Meaning. This rare video of Frankl was filmed during his 1973 lecture to the Toronto Youth Corps.
I love how Frankl is able to use 4 minutes and 22 seconds to explain why believing in other people is the greatest gift we can give. “If we take man as he is we’ll make him worse. But if we take man as he should be we make him capable of becoming what he can be”.
I’ve been in Europe for over a week now so I’ve had quite a bit of personal time for thinking and reflection.
As I reflected on the people who have had the most significance in my life, they all have one thing in common… They all believed in me which is by far the most meaningful gift I’ve ever received. Because they believed in me, I developed the foundation to believe in myself.
That’s exactly what we do when we believe in others… We give them the foundation to start believing in themselves. This week, I encourage you to look at the people in your life that you are closest to – figure out why you believe in them and let them know. By telling the people you love most why you believe in them, you will be giving them an extraordinary gift!
Since I’ve been in Europe, I’ve also re-read Man’s Search For Meaning and I highly recommend it…
The book opens with a lengthy and deeply moving personal essay that explains Frankl’s experiences at Auschwitz and other concentration camps during a 5 year period. He outlines the struggle he endured to keep finding reasons to live. In the second part of Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl explains logotherapy which is the psycho-therapeutic school he created and founded.
Frankl explains that the meaning of life is has absolutely nothing to do with money, social status or even physical appearance. Our primary motivating force in life is meaning and purpose…
P.S. What was your favorite part of this week’s Motivational Monday? I’d love to hear your answer below in the comments section!