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02/27/2013 12:00 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2013

'Purpose Driven Life' Pastor Rick Warren On Why Surviving Isn't Thriving (VIDEO)

Pastor Rick Warren, author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life, believes that everyone lives at three levels in life: survival, success or significance. Only when you reach the highest level -- significance -- are you living your life with purpose, he says. In this clip from a recent episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass," Pastor Warren explains why America is filled with too many people getting by at survival level.

"At survival level emotionally, you're just putting in your time," he says. "You're just checking the time card. You're waiting for the weekend and you're dreaming of going on vacation or retiring. If you're always just 'getting by' and emotionally you just feel like, 'I'm tired, and I'm sick, and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired,' then you're at survival level. And if your only goal is to simply get through the weekend, then you have a whole lot more in store for your life than that."

"Oprah's Lifeclass" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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