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The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense by [McCarthy, Kevin W.]
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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

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. Kevin has pioneered the message, concepts, and language of being on-purpose since the late 1980s. As the Chief Leadership Officer 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, 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0974052558
  • Publisher: On-Purpose Publishing (December 11, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030ILXZK
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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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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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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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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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What could be more important than living a life of purpose. Kevin's book is one of my top twenty of all time--maybe even top ten.

His inspiring story is entertaining, enlightening, educational, though-provoking and profound.

The On-Purpose Person is a must-read for anyone who cares about things that matter who want to make a difference.

Michael Angier
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It was Socrates who said, "The unexamined life is not worth living."

I remember a family member, a therapist, laughing at me when I was 22 and setting my goals for life. It wasn't but a few years later when I quickly met most of my life goals, probably due to being focused.

Now we are much older and that family member appears to be frittering away her life, involving herself in a bunch of trivial pursuits. Another family member lives to eat in front of her television.

The lives of these two family members are depressing to me. I want something better for the thirty years I have left to live and I don't want to die with regrets.

Kevin McCarthy's book presents a strategy for determining and prioritizing objectives relating to every aspect of life and for establishing purpose, vision, missions and values. I have my own methodology for life planning, but I'm going to use the one presented in this book and supplement it with mine.
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