Do You Know You?
How to find your purpose in life and the resources to do so

That line might be weird for you. Your purpose. Those are pretty heavy words.

My name is Meredith, I’m a recent college graduate. That’s probably the scariest sentence to write... A GRADUATE- meaning big girl world is here, I’m in it. No going back now. After graduating I decided to move to a new city where I knew no one and started an internship at redpepper.

While being at redpepper I’ve realized a few things:

  1. Although I graduated with a degree and have had previous internships I really don’t know what I want to do with my life.

  2. I’ve learned that the thing I mentioned above is okay. Most people don’t know.

  3. I’ve learned that passion trumps most things. The more you care, the harder you work.

  4. I need to get my life together.

Everyone at redpepper loves what they do. I’m constantly surrounded by intelligent, driven, passionate people.  Most of them have passions outside of work that give insight to who they are as a person beyond their job titles. Although my goals were a bit unconventional I wanted to do more at redpepper than add something to my resume. I wanted to grow as a person. One of their main values is that they actively support personal growth- so I decided to do just that.

So what does any like-minded individual do when they are looking for ways to grow as a person?

They turn to Youtube for answers. Yeah, you read that right. Youtube.

Here are some videos I found that I’ve decided to watch religiously. They’ve given me insights to people’s passions, ideas, worries and a lot of things in between. I’m not saying that these videos are going to solve my problems, or yours for that matter, but they’ve helped me find some purpose. I’m growing people, it’s scary but exciting and I encourage you to do the same.

DO WHAT YOU CAN’T- Casey Neistat
This is Casey Neistat- well this is one of his videos. You may have heard of him. He’s very popular on YouTube. He makes daily videos about his life, to inspire others. He motivates me to do more, be better, work harder. I watch his videos pretty much every day, after, I reflect on what I’m doing with my life and where I can improve. I’M TRYING TO GROW HERE PEOPLE!

Ted Talk- Adam Driver
This is Adam Driver. If you’ve ever seen the show Girls, then you’d recognize him. He’s a very talented actor. He also was a Marine. This video is about is transition from Marine to actor and all of the revelations he made in between. When I watch this video is makes me think of all the paths and directions we can take in life. In the end, what’s meant to be happens anyways. So for the time being, I’m just going to live the best I can.

The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch
This is Randy Pausch. I won’t ruin what exactly this last lecture is about but it will impact your life. And don’t roll your eyes that it’s almost two hours long, we both know you’ve spent many days binge watching shows on Netflix, c’mon. There is also a book based off of this lecture, if you’re more of a reader- go for it. I don’t like to make promises when pinkys aren’t involved but I promise this is important.

Make It Count- Casey Neistat
Casey Neistat here again. He’s one of my most favorite humans. I’m biased but you’ve read this far so something has sparked your interest. Following through is one of the most important things you can do. When you say you’re going to do something and you do it. It’s also one of the things I’m not the greatest at. I fear commitment on any spectrum. Casey Neistat helps me with that, maybe he can help you too.

So what can you gain from this? I think that all depends on the person you are. We form into the humans we are by the experiences we have. You may watch these videos and they may impact you to be better and do better. They may not. Either way it is your choice. If I can tell you a few things- take every second of every day for what it is, enjoy life, learn as much as you can, HUSTLE & GROW. This powerful impactful moment has been brought to you by Meredith Queen, you’re welcome.


Meredith Queen, Event Sales & Management intern, Lexington, KY