The Lawyer’s Well-Being Brief

Is purpose = hope = energy, a magic formula?

Marc W. Crayton


“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”- Rene Descartes

Black Hole Focus — How Intelligent People Can Create a Powerful Purpose for Their Lives written by Dr. Isaiah Hankel was part of my weekly Lawyer’s Well-Being Newsletter email that I sent out on Monday. Dr. Hankel had always been fascinated by black holes. The idea of some massive force so intense that absolutely everything is pulled into it is awe-inspiring.

In the newsletter, I wrote about how the book pointed out that black holes were previously believed to obliterate anything that entered them. However, it was discovered that instead of destroying everything, black holes actually transform everything that enters them.

According to the author, “Determining your ultimate purpose in life is the toughest decision you will ever make, which is why so few people actively decide on one. Instead, most people let life make this critical decision for them. These people fritter their lives away in an endless stream of tiny, meaningless decisions that elicit no great change and leave no real impact. They spend all their time and resources putting out day-to-day fires and focusing on short-term objectives. Black Hole Focus will show you how to avoid this hollow fate, how to decide your purpose, and how to align your life around your chosen path.”

The book is broken up into three different sections; the first section shows you why you need a purpose in life, the second section shows you how to find your new purpose, and the third section shows you how to achieve your goals when facing adversity.

The book has a lot of great points in it. I think this is my favorite point.

Dr. Hankel says, “Purpose equals hope equals energy. Defining the path in front of you will give you the energy you need to complete it. The key is to positively visualize the end at the beginning. You don’t have to actually see the finish line; you just have to envision it. Vision creates hope or a feeling of expectancy. And hope creates energy.”

There is a lot of value in the formula, Purpose = Hope = Energy. There are a lot of distractions in the world, you need to look no further than the computer in your pocket. Knowing our purpose helps us stay on track, so we can put our time and attention towards our purpose. Hope is fuel. Knowing that our future can be brighter, gives us hope. When you have hope, you have energy, and when you have energy, you can do great things.

Forward, always!



Marc W. Crayton

I help newer, younger lawyers make better well-being decisions so that they can thrive personally and professionally. Forward, always!