It is the time of the year again, when we make an attempt to dream of New Year resolutions, most of the time wishing on it, but not committed into it, thus more often than not, resolutions fail from the very start. University of Scranton research suggests that 92% of people never met their new year resolution goals. Explanation of this failure ranges from too complicated goals with competing priorities, unrealistic targets to non measurable plans… etc.


new year resolution vs purpose


I would like to suggest something Different. Instead of New Year resolutions, why not take a moment to contemplate about New Year purpose or, better still, your Life purpose.


I think the reason why resolutions fail, is due to a lack of “Fuel of Purpose”. I came upon this realisation from 2 key events that I photographed this year, the funeral of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the Singapore General Election on its 50th birthday. Both events took me days off my corporate work, shooting on locations throughout the day and into the wee hours of the morning. It was not commissioned work, thus no income. What I found interesting was that, despite the gruelling schedule (I do not remember another time where I had to photograph so hard, at a constant pace over a period of days, being drenched head to toe) I found myself full (some will say “Fool”) heartedly committed to capturing both historic events. The key take away after some thinking, I realise that “when you commit to something bigger than yourself, driven by a purpose, you find energy, happiness and inspiration to accomplish something bigger than yourself.”


Allow me to share a great youtube video on finding your purpose if you have not already found yours:
How to know your life purpose in 5mins by Adam Leipzig  


Another recommended good read for finding your purpose in life is the book Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan, a Google Engineer. The chapter: Riding on the emotional horse is especially interesting for me. The chapter starts with a short story – Once upon a time in ancient China, a man on a horse rode past a man standing on the side of the road. The standing man asked, “Rider, where are you going?” The man on the horse answered, “I don’t know. Ask the horse.”


So with all sincere blessings to you for 2016, I hope that all my readers will set out to find, understand and reinforce your Purpose in life.  In the spirit of the latest Star Wars movie, wise Yoda once mentioned “You will only find what you bring in”.  So may “The Force” be with you!


My Purpose

I am Erwin. I am a Photographer, Editor of Red Periscope, Designer of Drunk in Design. I love the language of photography, the inspiration of recycling wine bottles (after drinking them), and sharing stuff on Red Periscope. My Purpose in life is to inspire people with my images, to provoke thoughts through sharing of perspectives, in hopes of creating more awareness of the important and soulful stuff happening around us, within us.


Do drop me an email if you would like to share your purpose with someone, or share this article with anyone who you think might like it. I am also trying to get feedbacks and ideas to improve Red Periscope in 2016. Do drop me an email at if you have anything to share. Thank you!


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