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Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what's most important. Paperback – July 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478239697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478239697
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Devin D. Thorpe wrote Your Mark On The World while working as a professor of business in China, providing a transition from his successful corporate career to a life more focused on humanitarian service. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for a multinational corporation and as the treasurer of Nasdaq-listed multinational. His other experience included seven years of operating his own boutique investment bank and financial advisory business, and a time as the owner and manager of a mortgage company. He earned an MBA at Cornell University after spending two years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. Devin’s passion for volunteering was born at age eleven while shoveling mud out of a stranger’s flooded home.

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It's very informative and exceptionally inspirational.
Lisa R
I love books that make me want to be a better person and give me ways that I can tailor it to fit my life and abilities.
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The author's writing style was very conversational and nicely paced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Wilson on July 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is somewhat unusual in its presentation. It is not a book designed to make you feel guilty for not joining in every good cause in the world, and it is not a book that sets out to sell you on its plan for you to achieve all your financial dreams. It is a book that combines a strong argument for finding a cause you like (where you can make a difference in the lives of others), with some basic counsel on how to get your personal financial life in order so that you might maximize the amount of good you can do.

The chapters alternate between stories of real people who have accomplished some amazing things in serving and helping others, and easy to understand discussions of how to analyze and modify your financial situation for the better (which should empower you to go out and do more good yourself.) The book starts out with a personal story by the author that grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. The chapters that tell the stories of people who have found ways to really make a difference to the people they serve illustrate the variety of need in the world and the multiple ways that it is possible to make an impact on the lives of others. The financial advice chapters are basic enough to be understandable by those of us who didn't get our degrees in finance, but have enough depth to teach some important principles to enable people to take steps to improve their overall financial situation and take control of where their resources go.

If the purpose of the book is to convince and inspire people to find a cause and then go make their mark on the world, it certainly accomplishes that goal. It gives you the concrete examples that show how people can really do it, and the tools to enable anyone to make a plan and start doing it themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie A. Hill on July 31, 2012
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Just finished this quick read, and very much enjoyed it. The author's writing style was very conversational and nicely paced. It is alternating chapters with an inspirational/motivational story of lives being changed, with a chapter on financial planning/advice to help you come up with a plan to do your part. No guilt for not doing enough, just an approach and some ideas on what you can do to make your "if I had a million dollars I would.." come true. I very much liked the tactial step-by-step approach to making a difference in the world, in very real and measurable ways.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa R on October 7, 2012
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This book is actually about finding a passion in life and reminds us there is more to life than the day to day. It tells us how to make a real difference with our time, money, and our hearts. The author not only assures us that we make a difference, but he tells us how to choose our passions and focus them to make a maximum impact on our chosen cause. He shows us how to organize our lives to make great things happen. The author shares some amazing anecdotes of people who have helped and been helped, and shares his great experience and the fulfillment it gave him. It's very informative and exceptionally inspirational.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coop on July 26, 2012
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I had the chance to participate in this project - I became aware of it following the release of Devin Thorpe's first book, Building The Financial Kingdom. I was happy to participate, but had no idea the real scope of this book and this project until I had the chance to read the book upon its actual release late last week. Wow! I was inspired by every story. What a great book, and what a great way for everyone who'd like to make a greater contribution to the world around them to get inspiration and practical guidance on how. I look forward to the ongoing dialogue around this book and this program, which I imagine will only be increasing in relevance over the seasons to come.

I have come away inspired and I would recommend this book highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa G on October 22, 2012
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If you have ever thought there was someway you could serve in your community or beyond, this book will tell you just how to do it.

As we start to see the ways in which our lives are blessed by abundance, there are many ways we can give back. I have been seeing this trend in my own community. This is the first book I have come across that has been supportive and informational without preaching about obligation or making the reader feel guilty about not doing enough. As the author says, every little bit helps but if you plan you can make an even bigger impact on one cause that is close to your heart.

The conversational style of this book makes it very readable and offers wonderful advice on how to arrange your life to serve. I enjoyed how the author alternated between real life stories of families and individuals who made their influence in the world and sound advice on managing your affairs to make a life of service possible. The stories helped me to see the possibilities in my own life and inspired me to begin taking action. There was a time I tried to serve through my career but it didn't fit me personally. I like the idea of choosing to serve through my personal time and including my family in the mission. There are so many opportunities here and in communities all over. The suggestion to include your travel in your mission of service, if you like to travel, as a great way to see the world and help at the same time.

This is a wonderful book and fits well into the trend of giving. A quick read that will lift your spirit and make you feel like you can change the world.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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More About the Author

Popular guest speaker and author Devin D. Thorpe is a Forbes Contributor who covers social entrepreneurship, impact investing, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. He brings a broad perspective to financial planning, having owned and operated an investment-banking firm, which included an investment advisory business, a mortgage brokerage and having served in a variety of corporate finance positions.

Devin launched his writing career while serving as a business professor at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China on behalf of Brigham Young University's Kennedy Center China Teachers program. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the multinational company MonaVie, listed in Inc. Magazine's 2009 Inc. 500 as the 18th fastest growing company in America and, at $834 million in revenue, the third largest company on the list. Prior experience includes two years working on the staff of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee during Utah Senator Jake Garn's tenure. He also served briefly in Utah State Government, working at USTAR under Governor Jon Huntsman.

He earned an MBA with focus in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. He completed his undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Utah, where he later worked as an adjunct professor of finance. In 2006, Devin was recognized by the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah as a Distinguished Alum.

Devin ran his first marathon in 2011, finishing in 4:35.

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