8 of the Greatest Human Needs

Let’s discuss the 8 Fundamental Human Needs, how they operate in our lives, and how we can meet these needs.

I did a Facebook live on the 8 Greatest Human Needs. You can watch it here.

  1. Physical Needs - We need shelter, food, and clothing

  2. Safety Needs -We want to be protected and taken care of

  3. Love Needs - We want to feel cared about, feel apart of someone's life, and have a meaningful connection with them.

  4. Esteem Needs - We want to feel valued and to be complimented for our accomplishments.

  5. Cognitive Needs - We want to learn, to grow, become a better person, improve our skills, learn, stretch, and excel in our lives

  6. Aesthetic Needs - We have a need for beauty

  7. Self - Actualization Needs - We want to realize our full potential

  8. Transcendence Needs - We want to impact somebody else's life for the better (the highest need of the human heart to live your best life)

The first four needs are considered deficiency needs and they will never be fully met. An example would be that you eat a meal and your physical need is met, but then in a few hours, it needs to be met again.

Even our esteem needs fall into this category because we want to feel like we are adding value. As we finish different projects we want people to notice and compliment us.

The last four needs are ones that we may not have been aware of, but we are actually motivated by them to grow and develop.

For example, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, humans need to refresh themselves in the presence and beauty of nature to continue towards Self-Actualization.

When is the last time you went outside and admired God’s beautiful creation? We actually need to do this in order to fulfill our aesthetic needs.

How do you go about meeting the last four needs? There is a method I learned called:

ILT - Invest, Learn, Teach

Invest - Time and money to pour into yourself. (Cognitive)

Learn - Reading, coaching, education (Cognitive)

Teach - Who are you pouring into? Who's life is better because you are in it? (Transcendence)

The Bible would call meeting the transcendence need discipleship. Who are you in discipleship with?

When you help other people, a by-product is that you feel good about yourself and you can come to realize your true potential.

This is why God says He can use all things together for our good. I can take the difficult and hurtful things in my life, the things that I have overcome to help somebody else.

I can help somebody else overcome because of what I have gone through. I can have more compassion for others. I can teach somebody a leadership lesson I have learned to help them excel.

Take people on a journey with you. Don’t do life alone.

I wrote the book, Moving Forward because I wanted to help people. A book can go to places I never could, speak to more people than I would ever be able to, and teach them something to make their life better.

You can give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.

Or you can teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.

Let me take this story one step farther:

You would help boost the man’s self-esteem and he might start to dream about owning his own fishing business. Then he might just go and make it happen. Now he is providing for his family, creating jobs for others, and adding value to the community. You will have experienced transcendence, one of the highest emotional feelings because you played a part in helping the man live out his purpose and dreams.




According to Maslow, self-transcendence brings the individual what he termed "peak experiences" in which they transcend their own personal concerns and see from a higher perspective. These experiences often bring strong positive emotions like joy, peace, and a well-developed sense of awareness (Messerly, 2017).

When you help people discover and live out their potential it does something positive in you.

People are not our competition. We need people pouring into us and we need to be pouring into other people.

Let’s go make the world a better place.

Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on these 8 fundamental needs.


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