A purposeful life isn’t accidental – it’s consciously created from the inside-out, in line with our truest values. And it emerges from courageous, committed, authentic action.
If this resonates, then I hope Purpose Uncaged will be a haven for you. Here’s my mission:
To inspire as many people as I can to unleash their deepest purpose into the world.
I’m fulfilling this mission in 3 ways:
- Striving to live my own purpose (first and foremost)
- Publishing articles that express my inner truth
- Running 1:1 coaching sessions for those who feel drawn to go deeper with me
About Oliver Page
I’ve always been an intuitive, sensitive person who cares deeply about our world. This hasn’t always worked in my favour.
As a 15-year old boy, I set my sights on medical school. Partly out of a desire to ease human suffering, partly because I’d watched too many episodes of the sitcom Scrubs.
Soon into the career, however, something dawned on me: I was a fish out of water.
This was upsetting and confusing. I had stomached years of arduous study and emotional investment, but instead of feeling in my element, I felt totally incongruent.
On the harsh, chaotic NHS wards, I found it easier to suppress my nature as a quietly reflective person who longs for intimate connection, than to be that person. Alienated from my core self, I sensed that burnout – and basically, profound unhappiness – were lying in wait.
Upon realising that medicine wasn’t meeting my needs, I decided to walk away after much internal debate. This still isn’t the easiest thing to explain years later. Why leave noble work, a secure job, and stable income on the table?
The short answer: compassion.
Leaving medicine was difficult, it was scary, and at the time I had no idea what I was going to do next. But stepping into the ambiguity and committing to self-reinvention was an act of pure self-compassion.
And I believe that when we act from this place, we not only increase our own fulfilment, but we magnify love in general.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”
It’s funny how some moments, some decisions, seem to break the dam. Because as much as my heart ached, it also felt liberated. I started to drop the guilt and self-torture, trading them for wonder, excitement and raw possibility.
I’m now on a journey of inner growth and expansion that continues to unfold. Working with powerful coaches/therapists has played a big role in that.
Here are some things I continue to learn:
- How to cultivate – and unleash – my life’s purpose
- How to design my life from the ground up
- How to befriend my fierce inner critic
- How to relate to others with more acceptance and compassion
- How to prioritise inner peace, joy and meaning
This isn’t to say life is now a walk in the park… none of this is ‘easy’, and I don’t believe in quick fixes. I regularly experience pangs of fear, self-judgement, and imposter syndrome. But hey, I’m only human.
At the end of the day, I hope to be a beacon of inspiration, hope, and love.
And if I can help or encourage you in your own journey, then I would feel absolutely honoured by that.
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If you resonated with my story, chances are you’ll like it here.
In any case, here’s a little more about the core philosophy which underpins Purpose Uncaged. My thinking, writing, coaching (and living) is often influenced by a few main schools of thought:
- Humanism: I believe in the dignity and worth of each person, and I aim to meet all beings with unconditional positive regard. I also believe we’re happiest when we’re growing. Just as an acorn is destined to become an oak tree, each person has their own potential to fulfil. We’re each responsible for this task of flourishing as human beings.
- Existentialism: I was properly introduced to existential thought during a course on The Philosophy of Mental Health. It blew me away, reshaping many of my views after a decade of fixation with science and reason. It dawned on me: the meaning of life truly is what I make of it. We’re thrown into this world with the freedom to invent ourselves – and cultivate purpose – which is simultaneously terrifying and empowering.
- Spirituality: it’s a very broad term, meaning different things to different people. Personally, I resonate most with the following metaphor: religion is learning to dance with proper form, whereas spirituality is actually feeling the music move through you. And to me, the ‘music’ is an underlying sense of stillness, wisdom and peace accessible to us in each moment. Call it consciousness, awareness, oneness, whatever – words are less important than learning to connect with this distinct level of being.
Every ‘school of thought’ is limited in some way, and no one philosophy can capture the Truth, with a capital T. Which is why I try not to overidentify with any single ideology or dogma.
I ultimately believe in walking to the beat of my own drum, keeping an open mind, and testing out ideas in the laboratory of my life. And part of my purpose is to freely share any insights that emerge.
I’ll leave you with a few quotes that capture the essence of what I feel to be true:
- “Happiness is neither this nor that. Happiness is growth. We are happy when we are growing” ~ William Butler Yeats
- “Every organism has one and only one central need in life – to fulfil its own potentialities” ~ Rollo May
- “The truly free individual is only free to the extent of his self-mastery” ~ Steven Pressfield
- “What is required for many of us, paradoxical though it may sound, is the courage to tolerate happiness without self-sabotage” ~ Nathaniel Branden
- “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” ~ Marcel Proust
- “Why aren’t you happy? It’s because 99.9% of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself – and there isn’t one” ~ Wei Wu Wei
How To Go Deeper
If you want to dive deeper into my world, or just want to stay in my orbit, here are a few ideas:
- Most importantly, join my newsletter (below) to be updated with the latest posts. There’s no set timing, but I usually send an email every couple weeks.
- Check out my best articles over here to get a quick feel for my core ideas.
- If you want to be mentored/coached by me directly, head to my coaching page.
- I also have a YouTube channel, Instagram page, and Medium profile. If like me you’re a bibliophile, you could also follow me on Goodreads.
- Lastly, here’s my email if you’d prefer to contact me directly: email@example.com