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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: On-Purpose Publishing; Updated edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974052515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974052519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kevin W. McCarthy is the first to tell you he's an unlikely author. In the late 1980s, this businessman, now business advisor, observed unproductive patterns of thinking and behaviors in clients' lives, work, and businesses that disadvantaged them strategically and competitively. At the core was the absence of a strong sense of self and identity. Kevin set out to help his clients and himself think more clearly and make better decisions. His focus rested on the concept of knowing one's purpose and the alignment of one's life with it. The roots of The On-Purpose® Approach were born.

This lifetime entrepreneur is classically trained in business. The typical track for best-selling authors rarely involves a business career, yet Kevin holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The Darden School at the University of Virginia. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Shady Side Academy where he was the perennial class president.

In business, Kevin fully expected to be the business manager of a talented inventor, artist, or personality. He didn't anticipate himself becoming the face and voice of a greater message. For decades, this pioneer of the On-Purpose® message and methods has written, spoken, and advised clients in strategy for life and business.

The story in The On-Purpose Person is fictional, yet every author reveals a bit of himself in every book. Kevin regularly reminds us that authors write most about their struggles and that he is not the on-purpose person. He's simply the author of a book with the same title and he's a man working through the trials and joys of life more strategically thanks to the On-Purpose® perspective.


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.

Customer Reviews

Within days I was accomplishing tasks to help me achieve many of my goals!
Lee Mellott
The On-Purpose Person is a must-read for anyone who cares about things that matter who want to make a difference.
Amazon Customer
The author engages the reader with compelling questions along the storyline.
Kirk W. Squires

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kirk W. Squires on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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 By Timothy J. Sharer on 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 By Greg Preite on April 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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 By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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 By pfarrell@daci.com on January 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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.
Pat
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73 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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