The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$14.29
Qty:1
  • List Price: $23.00
  • Save: $8.71 (38%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work Hardcover – May 31, 2011


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$14.29
$8.89 $7.81


Frequently Bought Together

The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work + The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All + The Positive Dog: A Story About the Power of Positivity
Price for all three: $39.47

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470888563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470888568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

New from the international and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on an enlightening and life-changing quest to find passion, purpose, and happiness in your life and work.

Meet Josh, an up and comer in his company who has lost his passion at work. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks and decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.

As Josh travels the country to decide where to plant his seed, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and encouragement in your own work and life.

If you are searching for your purpose and are ready to leave your mark on the world, then plant this seed of inspiration in your life!

From the Back Cover

A story for anyone searching for more passion, purpose, and happiness

Bestselling author Jon Gordon has inspired countless people in business, education, professional sports, and ministries to work with more passion and purpose, and in his new inspiring fable he shares powerful insights and proven truths to find purpose and happiness in your life and work.


More About the Author

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller "The Energy Bus," "The No Complaining Rule," "Training Camp," "The Shark" and "The Goldfish," "Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture," and his latest book "The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work."

Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Novartis, Bayer and more.

When he's not running through airports or speaking to businesses, hospitals or school leaders, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two "high energy" children.

Amazon Author Rankbeta 

(What's this?)

Related Media


Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
55
4 star
11
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
4
See all 72 customer reviews
I'm very inspired by Jon Gordon and have read many of his books..
Tiffany D
The Seed is an impactful book giving the reader a different perspective on decision making and the process of finding your purpose and path in life.
JD
I highly recommend this book and encourage you to read and apply it to your own life.
Shelly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Biddulph on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is this what my life is supposed to be?

Great questions! Jon Gordon's new book, The Seed, helps readers discover the answer. Through a wonderful story about a man given a two week leave of absence by his employer to, essentially, contemplate and renew his commitment to his job, we learn a method to explore our own satisfaction and find our purpose. The keys are, first, being open to discovery and, second, being open to the possibility that we may already be living our purpose but are missing the realization of, and passion for, that.

The story is a simple and engaging read. If you have previously read Gordon's The Energy Bus, you will recognize the appearance of George, and the positive lessons he brings to a discussion about purpose. As with other Gordon books, there are quotable quotes about life, work, and attitude and a simple to understand process to take away and implement.

The four stages of finding one's purpose are taught through the main character's life experiences, his dog, and a mysterious farmer. As Gordon repeatedly does so well in all of his writing, he takes a significant life challenge and presents it in an easy to relate to story, with important lessons presented in such a manner that the reader doesn't realize the reflection and learning that is inspired. As with his other books, there will also be a discussion guide and action plan available on the website soon.

I must admit, I am a Jon Gordon fan. I own all of the books he has written, I have led a transformative, positively energizing book club at work for The Energy Bus, and I rank him among my favorite authors. I love the fable style story, especially when the story applies to live in general, not just work life.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laurie McAnaugh on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved this book! It illustrates the 4 stages of Purpose beautifully, like a map to follow for those of us willing to take such a journey. The intriguing surprise about the farmer towards the end of the book illustrates how an unbending faith shows us the power of what is truly possible. Thank you to Jon for the reminder that the obstacles in the growth phase are normal and to never give up! Read this book...it will improve your perspectives, encourage you to consider and pursue your purpose, remind you to trust and surrender and promise you that you have everything you need to make a difference!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kaye Monroe on May 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Seed provides a well of revelation for those who are longing for the fulfillment of purpose and experience trouble finding the path to get there. In simple story telling language, Jon Gordon illuminates the paths we must take to finding purpose as we walk on a parallel journey with a young man who has lost his way. He put's us back in touch with the higher calling upon our lives which if often lost in the navigation of everyday life. A must read for those who are stuck, at a standstill, in the valley of decision or have lost passion for life. A great gift for graduates, mid-lifers or those who are standing in the muddy waters of career crisis!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Brown on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Jon Gordon's The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work. Before I was halfway through the book, I felt recharged not only at work but also in my personal life. After reading The Seed, I realized that I had been in a drought. It was a relief to be able to put a label on how I had been feeling. Jon Gordon reminded me that I have a purpose that carries me through not only my workday, but also in my life. My purpose is the thing that charges me up and helps me `overcome' this drought!

Thank you Jon, for inspiring me to rewrite my goals as `purpose driven goals', and for giving me a life charge!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MP on May 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading The Seed and wanted to share some honest feedback:

1) Overall inspiring story and an easy read - consistent with Jon's other books
2) Appreciate the references to past books/lessons (energy vampires, gps, energy bus, etc.).
3) On the same point, the references begin to overlap and I began to ask myself "what's new?" when reading sections of the book
4) Reading was a little "God-heavy" at times - may turn off some readers though in retrospect it's probably just a couple of chapters.

Though the message was good, I did not think this was Jon's best book (personal favorite = Training Camp). I did like the universe piece and Josh finding his purpose/passion through his past-home, college, diner, girlfriend, etc. That was powerful and the "beware hobbies" is a nice touch - showing you can still hold on to things you enjoy and you might even be able to creatively implement them in your professional life to "stand out" and work with passion and purpose.

Most of us can relate to the main character in the book, and The Seed is a great reminder on how we can find purpose and happiness in life and work. I see people recommending it as a book for recent graduates, but I think its value/message extends far beyond that group - try people 5, 10, 15 or 30+ years into their career! Makes a great gift whether it's to others or yourself!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fitchick on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A great book for anyone at any age! A must read that will challenge you to seek your purpose without even realizing it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search