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S9 Ep15 – Life in a Religious Cult and Finding Meaning with Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Debbie Haski-Leventhal grew up inside a religious cult. She escaped at 18 years old, after experiencing a life of abuse, poverty and servitude, and wondered if she’d ever experience a life of purpose and meaning.

Debbie went on to become a Professor at Macquarie University, and a scholar of corporate social responsibility, responsible management education and volunteerism. Her latest book, Make it Meaningful, in which she shares her own, an other’s, stories exploring ideas of purpose, impact, values, and resilience.

And today we have a jam packed conversation about everything from her time in the religious cult, and how it ultimately led her to the meaningful and impactful work she does today. And.. what you can do to find more meaning in your life and work, without giving up your life or work.


In this episode, you’ll learn about Debbie’s story and her tips to finding a meaning in your life:

  • Meaning search journey
  • Meaning of meaningfulness
  • Having a sense of purpose
  • TIP model: Talent, Impact, Passion
  • Doing something “small” to make changes
  • Finding motivation at work


Check out this book Make it Meaningful by Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Visit Debbie’s website at www.debbiehaskileventhal.com and follow her in her socials:

LinkedIn: Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Instagram: @debbiehl

Facebook Page: Debbie Haski-Leventhal


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