Have you ever asked yourself, “what is the meaning of life?” Everyone has a different answer to this. Professional researcher and advisor Nathanael Garrett Novosel is here to share his own take on this age-old philosophical query.

Nathanael used the insights he discovered from his research to help business leaders solve organizational problems, create effective strategies, and succeed in all areas of life. He has made it his mission to help people live their best possible life.

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As a child, Nathanael Garrett Novosel experienced all manner of negative thoughts and emotions—worthlessness, loneliness, hopelessness, emptiness.

Nathanael experienced abandonment at the early age of 5 when his father disappeared in the middle of the night. He might not have remembered the night it happened, but he clearly recalls the day his father tried to reach out to him six months after leaving him. 

He believed that when his father left, it was just a part of life. But that didn’t stop him from feeling lonely whenever he thought about his father choosing another family over him and finding happiness elsewhere.

After finding out that he was on the spectrum, Nathanael regarded himself as having a “robot brain.” Interestingly enough, it was because of his diagnosis of Asperger’s that he decided to try and find the meaning of life. And that was when he started to feed his curiosity through research.

In this episode, Nathanael talks about the fundamental concepts he discovered during his search for the meaning of life. These eight concepts are growth, experience, desire, belief, emotion, ethics, support, and choice.

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In This Episode

  • Discover how abandonment experienced in childhood can shape your decisions throughout life
  • Understand how people with Asperger’s communicate
  • Discover the relationship between science and emotion
  • Learn about the eight concepts that help define the meaning of life
  • Discover how breaking down your emotions then changing one portion of it can help you control how you are feeling


“I felt a hopelessness, an emptiness, a loneliness, a worthlessness, just a void that I would never wish on anyone.” [2:26]

“I just couldn’t comprehend the pain and emptiness I was feeling when my father was ripped away from me again.” [5:48]

“The number one thing you’ll hear from someone who as Asperger’s is that they feel like an alien because they don’t act in the same way that other people do, they don’t process things the way that other people do, they look at things at a completely different way, and they don’t seem to fit in ever.” [8:17]

“Emotions equal three things: desire plus belief plus experience. And that applies to everything.” [21:11]

“Now there are things in this world that you can’t control and there are things you can. If you do the best you can to make the right choices and to improve what you can control, then that’s what your destiny is.” [30:22]


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