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2nd May '16 6:30:40 PM MsChibi
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Some will be lucky enough to quickly find a thing they can do. There are others who have to search a little bit more. The fellow who is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life is searching for what he could be good at or what would spiritually satisfy him, and will try every possibility, even the most outlandish and odd. Obviously, with little or no success. If, for some reason, he succeeds in his new field, he will still feel empty, and will quickly abandon the effort at the first chance, going back to the pursuit of his "destiny."

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Some will be lucky enough to quickly find a thing they can do. There are others who have to search a little bit more. The fellow who is Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life is searching for what he could be good at or what would spiritually satisfy him, and will try every possibility, even the most outlandish and odd. Obviously, with little or no success. If, for some reason, he succeeds in his new field, he will still feel empty, and will quickly abandon the effort at the first chance, going back to the pursuit of his "destiny."
" Or, he may find that he already has everything he needs, and a great life; he just didn't realize it before.



This is what happens when those that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special]] and would have JumpedAtTheCall [[RefusedByTheCall never get the opportunity]]. They just never found their GoalInLife. Compare with LivingIsMoreThanSurviving, the basis of this trope where a purpose beyond survival is necessary for life. Contrast with StrawNihilist, who believes there is no purpose to find in life. Compare and contrast AllergicToRoutine.

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This is what happens when those that [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Just Wanted To Be Special]] and would have JumpedAtTheCall [[RefusedByTheCall never get the opportunity]]. They just never found their GoalInLife. Compare with LivingIsMoreThanSurviving, the basis of this trope where a purpose beyond survival is necessary for life. Contrast with StrawNihilist, who believes there is no purpose to find in life. Compare and contrast AllergicToRoutine. See also LifelongDream.
27th Apr '16 7:01:21 PM TSBasilisk
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** The antagonist in Jack's loyalty mission is the only other survivor from the research facility where she was raised. While Jack [[DestroyTheAbusiveHome wants to destroy it]], he wants to restart the program because he needs to believe there was some reason for all the suffering he and the others experienced.
22nd Apr '16 1:08:45 AM fdsa1234567890
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** In the episode "Nautilus", it turns out that [[spoiler: rival AI Samaritan]] is recruiting people that have this problem through an elaborate series of puzzles. The POI of the episode falls victim to it.
13th Apr '16 2:14:57 PM emeriin
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* Rebecca Stone from WebVideo/DemoReel is only 23 and has had ''42'' jobs in a short length of time. Those jobs have also made her depressed about misogyny in the acting industry (which makes her hopeless feelings worse), something her actress half-improvised from her own experiences.
13th Apr '16 1:46:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* The archetypal example here is Willy Loman, the [[DeathOfASalesman salesman who dies]] looking for success and the American Dream in the business world, when his true talent lies in mechanics and carpentry and he's long since turned down the opportunity to go work in the outdoors. Also his son, Biff, who ends up rejecting the dream his father had worked for and decided to make his own way in life, no matter how humble and small it might have been.

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* ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'': The archetypal example here is Willy Loman, the [[DeathOfASalesman salesman who dies]] dies looking for success and the American Dream in the business world, when his true talent lies in mechanics and carpentry and he's long since turned down the opportunity to go work in the outdoors. Also his son, Biff, who ends up rejecting the dream his father had worked for and decided to make his own way in life, no matter how humble and small it might have been.
9th Apr '16 12:14:00 PM kazokuhouou
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** "Call of the Cutie" reveals that ponies gain their cutie marks after discovering their purpose. This tends to occur around a certain age, leading to Apple Bloom desperately trying to discover her purpose because she doesn't want to be the last young pony in her class left 'blank-flanked'. The episode ends with Apple Bloom and two classmates forming a PowerTrio called the Cutie Mark Crusaders, specifically devoted to carrying out this trope. They spend various episodes trying to get their marks and while they might not have gotten the desired results yet, at least they're having a lot of fun trying. [[spoiler:The Cutie Mark Crusaders ''finally'' get their marks after five seasons of trying in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Their purpose is to help others find or understand their purpose.]]

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** "Call of the Cutie" reveals that ponies gain their cutie marks after discovering their purpose. This tends to occur around a certain age, leading to Apple Bloom desperately trying to discover her purpose because she doesn't want to be the last young pony in her class left 'blank-flanked'. The episode ends with Apple Bloom and two classmates forming a PowerTrio called the Cutie Mark Crusaders, specifically devoted to carrying out this trope. They spend various episodes trying to get their marks and while they might not have gotten the desired results yet, at least they're having a lot of fun trying. [[spoiler:The Cutie Mark Crusaders ''finally'' get their marks after five seasons of trying in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark". Their purpose is to help others find or understand their purpose. Of course, that means they're also at a loss at what to do ''afterward'', so initially they (or at least Apple Bloom) still do this in the episode "On Your Marks".]]
4th Apr '16 11:44:37 PM M84
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* In ''Videogame/PillarsOfEternity'', all of the storyline party members start out like this or become this since most of their personal quests [[ShaggyDogStory end in a pointless manner.]] Through dialogue options, you can help steer them in certain directions which affect their epilogues. [[spoiler:Right before the final battle, the BigBad will even mock each of them for being losers who relied the Watcher for purpose and direction.]]
2nd Apr '16 9:22:01 AM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Claudia Moncharmin has no clue what she wants to do with her life. Initially, she expressed the desire to succeed her mother, Diana, and her side of the family as an entertainer, but her backstory explains [[FrameUp why that never happened]]. She considers grossly incapable of succeeding her father and taking over the family business. The DWMA seems like a last resort to her, but that does nothing to curb her feeling of inadequacy.
31st Mar '16 9:53:13 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Nozomi, from ''Anime/YesPrecure5'', is like this at the start of the series, though she finds [[MagicalGirl something to do]] by the end of the first episode. She's mentioned to have joined a series of different clubs, always ending in disaster. This is mostly credited that she has a rather short attention span, but when she actually ''decides'' that she's doing something, she'll go through it to the end.

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* Nozomi, from ''Anime/YesPrecure5'', ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', is like this at the start of the series, though she finds [[MagicalGirl something to do]] by the end of the first episode. She's mentioned to have joined a series of different clubs, always ending in disaster. This is mostly credited that she has a rather short attention span, but when she actually ''decides'' that she's doing something, she'll go through it to the end.
17th Mar '16 5:37:18 AM GrigorII
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