The cafe at the edge of the world - find your purpose of existence

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The cafe at the edge of the world - find your purpose of existence

"The Café on the Edge of the World" is a worldwide bestseller designed to help people find a happy and fulfilling life.

Take a small café somewhere in the middle of nowhere, an ever-stressed advertising manager named John, and a menu that comes with the following three questions: "Why are you here? Are you afraid of death? Are you leading a fulfilling life?" Already you have the ingredients for a world bestseller that offers a gentle introduction to personal development and has already positively influenced hundreds of thousands of lives. What John Strelecky with his successful book "The café at the edge of the world: a tale of the meaning of life". is groundbreaking!

Published in 2006, it has been translated into 30 languages and is one of the best-known and most successful books on personal growth and the journey to one's own self. In this magazine article, we introduce you to the three central questions of the book and summarize the most important impulses. Are you ready? Then grab a coffee, get comfortable, and engage with John Strelecky's masterpiece. Enjoy!

Look into the book: The Café at the Edge of the World by John Strelecky

Protagonist John works as an advertising manager and is always in a hurry. When he enters a small café in the middle of nowhere, he does not yet know that this day will change his life. Because when he opens the menu, he finds not only the menu, but three exciting questions:

  • Why are you here?
  • Are you afraid of death?
  • Are you living a full life?

John becomes curious and begins to uncover the mystery behind the questions. In conversations with the cook, the waitress and a guest, he realizes that this café visit is anything but ordinary. And so it comes to pass that John finds the meaning of life discussed. Suddenly he finds himself on what is arguably the greatest and most exciting journey to his own self. Now it's your turn! Read through the key questions and consider whether you already know your personal answer. Let's go!

Why are you here?

John quickly realizes that this question is not about why he ended up in the café at the edge of the world. Rather, it is about the much larger question of why he is in this world and what his purpose of existence (ZdE) is. Can you answer the questions? Why are you here and what is your ZdE?

Once you know the answers, you won't want to waste time doing things that don't serve your ZDE. Because the alternative is to pursue activities, tasks, jobs and hobbies that will never make you truly happy.

Only if you serve your ZdE, you can be satisfied in the long run and lead a successful life. In "The Café at the Edge of the World" you will find a lot of exciting input on the CED that will fundamentally change the way you look at your life.

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Are you afraid of death?

On this question, one of the protagonists explains: "Most people don't consciously think about death every day. But subconsciously, they know that with each passing day, they have one less chance to do the things they want in life. Therefore, they are afraid of Day X. Sometime in the future when there will be no more chance." Are you afraid of death? If so, we have a reassuring answer for you: "If someone would do the things that correspond to his destiny - why would he Fear have before death? You can't fear. To no longer have the opportunity to do something when you've already done it or do it every day."

It's really quite simple, isn't it? We remember: If you do what you love every day, you don't have to be afraid of death.

Are you living a full life? The Café at the Edge of the World will tell you

Have you ever asked yourself, what really makes you happy? And whether what you do every day really fulfills you? "The Café at the Edge of the World" by John Strelecky deals with exactly that. The book illustrates that society's conventional ideas are not always what will make you happy. And it encourages you to listen much more to your own intention, your gut feeling and your heart.

We don't want to reveal any more at this point. "The Café at the Edge of the World" is a hot reading tip for anyone who wants to grow personally and get to know themselves even better. We promise you that you will close the book at the end with many new insights - and that your personal development will really take off!

Reunion at the Café at the Edge of the World

John Strelecky didn't leave it at that one bestseller. Ten years later, he wrote the sequel, "Reunion at the Café at the Edge of the World": He revisits the café at the edge of the world where John once Inspirations and found the courage to change his life. Now there are three more questions on the menu:

  1. Why are you here?
  2. Are you where you belong?
  3. Do you have MPO?

Inspired by these questions, John embarks on another adventure: in the café he meets Jessica, who unhappy with her life. Stressed by her working life, she does what others expect of her. Unfortunately, Jessica has lost sight of her own goals and desires. John becomes her mentor and helps her to focus on the meaning of her life.

In Jessica and John's conversations, you'll find answers to the question of how to escape the daily hamster wheel and rediscover the meaning of your own life.

Time out in the café at the edge of the world

In 2019, John Strelecky will publish the Spiegel bestseller "Time Out at the Café on the Edge of the World." The book is particularly suitable for people who are at a turning point in their lives: After a tragic loss, John revisits the café on the edge of the world. There he meets fifteen-year-old Hannah, who is also at a turning point in her life.

John is going through a classic midlife crisis. He has already realized his life goal of traveling the world after his first visit to the café at the edge of the world. His task as a father has also been fulfilled, because his daughter will soon be an adult.

However, the bright waitress Casey as well as the wise old man named Max have some ideas ready how John can find a new sense of life in the phase of upheaval.

Surprise in the cafe at the edge of the world

John Strelecky's latest work "Surprise in the Café at the Edge of the World" was published just in 2022. This time, for a change, the story is told of a very young protagonist who does not lead an easy life: It is about searching and finding the meaning of life.

Fifteen-year-old Hannah is completely on her own, as her parents are not particularly interested in her. Accordingly, she had to learn early on to fend for herself. Hannah sees hardly any prospects for her future, until she enters the café at the edge of the world and discovers three unusual questions on the back of the menu.

She gets into conversation with other guests, who also ponder these questions. Hannah learns to open up and realizes that she can achieve much more than she previously believed. The girl realizes that a world of possibilities lies at her feet. Hannah learns that she always has a choice and that it is her decision how her life will go on.


Whether "The Café at the Edge of the World" or other bestsellers by John Strelecky: All his books are inspiring and will help you to give your Purpose of existence not only to get closer to the truth: By opening yourself more and more to the topic of personal development, the more detailed and clear you will be able to find, define and answer your meaning of life.

In this work, John manages to take each of his readers on a journey, so that you have the feeling that you are also a visitor in the café at the edge of the world at the same time. The bestseller encourages you to think about things and also to look at people you meet in a very special way, to deal with them and to sharpen your own perception.

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