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The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense [Kindle Edition]

Kevin W. McCarthy
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Book Description

Is Your Life Filled, Yet Unfulfilled?

Do you feel pulled in a thousand different directions?
Are your days so busy you hardly have time to think?
Are you living up to other people's expectations while your own plans and dreams go unmet?
In The On-Purpose Person you'll learn how to discover who you are, where you are headed, what you should do, and what's most important to you! That's being on-purpose!

Tap Into Your Highest Potential With The On-Purpose Person

Nothing adds more fullness and meaning to your life than discovering your purpose and living it out every moment of your life. With The On-Purpose Person, you'll be on your way to greater order and clarity within 30 minutes of picking up the book. This entertaining story format provides clear principles that are easy to apply to everyday life. You'll put them into practice immediately. Regardless of whether you're in your teens or well into retirement, being on-purpose will inspire and guide you to live true to yourself.

"Goals are consumable. Purpose is permanent," states Kevin W. McCarthy. The On-Purpose Person moves you beyond the surface of life to what matters most so you can make a difference. You'll have a simple, yet powerful system to:
Invest your time, talent, and treasure in what is most important
Exchange burnout for being integrated
Learn why a balanced life is a myth
Feel satisfied rather than stressed out at the end of the day
Find meaningful time for yourself
Align your innate passion and gifting in the right direction
Trade discontent and frustration for a growing and enduring joy
Make confident, more improved decisions more consistently
Manage hurdles and setbacks positively
Face opposition from an unassailable position of strength
Define your standards for success that are just right for you
Gain a vivid understanding of yourself
Explore your possibilities equipped to succeed

Editorial Reviews


A richer tomorrow awaits in this easily applied and entertaining guide to making life make sense. -- Gordon M. Quarnstrom, Evergreen Park Courier, October 16, 1997

About the Author

KEVIN W. McCARTHY is the leading thinker, writer, and speaker in the purpose field. His hope is for every person and organization to be on-purpose. An entrepreneur at heart, Kevin received his MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia and his bachelor's degree in business and economics from Lehigh University. He is the CEO of On-Purpose Partners, a business consulting firm specializing in helping businesses become "On-Purpose Businesses." On-Purpose Partners is also dedicated to the development of personal and professional leadership. In addition, Kevin owns and operates several businesses. Kevin is also the author of The On-Purpose Business and lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 283 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0974052515
  • Publisher: On-Purpose Publishing (December 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030ILXZK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The On-Purpose Person December 10, 1999
Recently I was reminded that most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I had forgotten that I was one of those men back in 1992. Like most, I have been on a hero's journey to discover the treasure of a life of meaning and purpose. Far too often I have chosen the futile pathes that masquerade as meaning and significance for my life. I have read every self-help book under the sun and listened to every personal development tape series in existence. Nothing has had greater impact in my life than The On-Purpose Person. First, it is a parable that is elegant in its simplicity. It can be read in about 2 hours. It avoids the cook-book how-to approach that accompanies the multitude of inspirational literature. Second, it is a truly interactive book. The author engages the reader with compelling questions along the storyline. I found this quite refreshing. It's like having the mentor you've always wanted. We all want someone in our lives to not let us get away without being who we really are.
The greatest value I perpetually gain from the book is the growing sense of profound identity that we all seek. Only by discovering my reason for being here, or, my purpose, did I harness my profound identity. I thank God for this, for I have lived almost 1/2 of my life without clarity about my profound self. I had too much practice affirming my mediocre self to notice.
I gained distinction in my life between purpose, vision, mission, and values. The author masterfully illustrates the distinctions and linkages between them. I learned that my life was truly off-purpose resulting in feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, fear, and meaninglessness.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting On-Purpose May 20, 2001
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This book was given to me by a friend eight years ago in response to a plea for some assistance in organizing and managing a very busy life. What I was looking for was a book on time management. What I received was a book on life management. This book almost singlehandedly enabled me to organized my life in several key areas: family, church, job, and being a full-time graduate student trying to finish a Ph.D. One might be skeptical of a book you can read in over an hour having that profound an effect, but do not dismiss the ideas and claims of Mr. McCarthy: they work. This book reads like a story and is most engaging. No two people will ever interpret or use the book in the same way. I have given this book to people as a gift, knowing that it will meet needs in their life, if not immediately, at some point in the future. When so many sources are claiming to "change your life", this one not only makes claims, it fulfills them. It is a must read for any person needing to prioritize their life and to find simplicity in becoming an "On-Purpose Person."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books I've ever read. Create and discover your "purpose" in life with the help of Kevin McCarthy. Then, learn what you need to know to stay on the right path to that purpose. Read it for yourself then give it as a gift to someone important in your life!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Book and Reap Rewards! January 6, 2005
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I picked up this book at the beginning of the year after reading rave reviews in hopes but not truly expecting it to help my mindset. Each year I set goals and though I may accomplish one or two..generally the next year I am setting the same goals.

By the time I had completed the first half of the book my way of thinking had changed. I completed the exercises as I read the book.

You begin by listing your goals. Then you decide which is more important and finally which is MOST important. It seems so simple yet the way the author teaches you to do this gave me greater success than other methods.

I was really surprised to find what my most desired goal was. I thought it was something else. But by following the exercises I realized a I had a strong desire to accomplish another goal I never realized was the most important to me. Next you work towards accomplishing your goal.

McCarthy uses the image of a light switch. If you are switched on you are working towards your goals. Conversely if you are not you are not ON PURPOSE.

Within days I was accomplishing tasks to help me achieve many of my goals! An excellent book and most highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Kevin recommends reading the book through once and then going back to pick up the structure and technique. I heartily recommend following his advice. I've read a great many self-help and success books and listened to many tapes. I've heard about this book from many people that I respect and it has exceeded my expectations. Kevin walks you through a "process" designed to put you "on the path" to achieving your dreams and being "congruent" with your purpose in life. If you don't yet know what that purpose is, Kevin's wisdom will guide you in finding it.
GET THIS BOOK and if you want to discuss the process after you've read it, email me.
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73 of 96 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trivialities served with incredible pomp April 28, 2000
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Imagine Coca-Cola served in a golden beaker, presented to you as a wonder medicine that cures all the diseases. That's what this book's like.
The book tells a story of a man who, despite of his tremendous professional success, feels empty and unhappy. He meets a professor who introduces to him a way of becoming an On-Purpose Person - finding a purpose in one's life.
Sounds great, you say. There, that's the golden beaker I was talking about. The actual contents of the book are very banal. The first sixty-something pages are dedicated to a vague presentation of a most primitive goal setting and selection system: 1. write down all the things you want that you can think of; 2. choose the things you want most. And yes, Mr. McCarthy actually manages to waste sixty pages on that! Of course, this shouldn't make you think that he's very thorough or detailed or something. Roughly 80 % of his text is just the hero driving around and hearing how good the new system is and thinking how happy he feels. In the remaining 20 %, Mr. McCarthy actually describes the system in a very wordy, but unfortunately not at all in a systematic or comprehensive way. The system itself contains nothing new, compared to the one presented by Raymond Hull in his book How To Get What You Want thirty years ago. I've been doing things like that for years, I kept writing want lists, prioritizing them, reaching my goals - and still feeling empty and purposeless. Mr. McCarthy's book was of no help at all.
Well, I was talking about the first sixty pages. The rest of the book isn't much better. Our friend meets more and more people who tell him how happy they are, having found the purpose in their lives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the exercises.
The book itself is a little cheesy and has a lot of christian undertones. However, the exercises are still really helpful.
Published 6 hours ago by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Purposeful Book
I liked how this book was somewhat interactive in that the life lessons and life preparation activities mentioned were simple things you could do for yourself in your free time. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Emily F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changer!
I love this book. I bought the paperback in 2000. Changed my life on a day-to-day basis. Bought the Kindle version to have with me at all times!
Published 1 month ago by Books are better
4.0 out of 5 stars Creating meaningful and purposeful life
It is kind of interesting how I can across this book. I used to work at the global manufacturing company where executives received on the regular basis complimentary copies of a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eugenia
3.0 out of 5 stars May Not Change Your Life, But Should Entertain And Maybe Reinforce A...
The self-help parable books have become a staple of the industry, to the point that people in the coaching and self-help industry know that they can't sell a book and get a message... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. C. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars A priceless gem
This little book is a keeper... one of those books that gets more valuable the longer you own and use it.
Published 5 months ago by Rodney Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars great insites
practical worksheets and suggestions make this a true guide to discovering passion and purpose for every seeker. i recommend this book
Published 6 months ago by Bobbi Govanus
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Sounds like a fictional story, based in religion. But has some interesting ideas on how to plan/live your life and Truly focus on what's important.
Published 7 months ago by Jim Kretschmar
4.0 out of 5 stars love the on purpose life
This is how I desire to live and this book helped refocus my. Certainly good for a person where ever they are in the process.
Published 8 months ago by John Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense
While the intent behind this book was admirable, it failed to inspire me. The writing was, to me, contrived and the proposed lesson too confusing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert H. Dunn
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More About the Author

Kevin W. McCarthy is the author of The On-Purpose Person and The On-Purpose Business Person (previous edition titled The On-Purpose Business). He is one of the world's leading authorities on the meaningful integration of life and work. He has pioneered the message, concepts, and language of being on-purpose since the late 1980s.

As the CEO of On-Purpose Partners, he's a highly respected business advisor for small and middle market organizations as well as an executive advisor and coach to CEOs, executive directors, and company presidents. His work on deep strategy and alignment and practical execution has turned around many companies as well as helped healthy companies experience remarkable and sustainable growth.

More than just an author, Kevin is a natural leader in business and civic endeavors. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. Kevin's goal with audiences is to stir their hearts, advance their thinking, and inspire them to action.

Authentic, inspiring, entrepreneurial, intelligent and creative are the qualities most often attributed to this thought leader by his peers, clients, and audiences. Kevin has traveled from Hungary to Hawaii since 1992 inspiring audiences as he carries the message of being on-purpose into the hearts, minds, and lives of people.


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