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The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense Hardcover – November 11, 2008
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am only half way through this book, but love it. I have not found any violence so far, and cannot imagine it having sexual scenes, but sense I have not completed the book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra Sheets
I have been buying this book for everyone (friends and those whom I coach). It really brings into a terrific perspective what it means to be on purpose. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edward A...
Good material for reference. Need to keep referring to it. Change in behavior will take time and a lot of effort, but will definitely be worth it.Published 5 months ago by grannycasio
Maybe I have just read too many of these books. It was Mehhh.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book that helps organize thoughts, priorities and actions in life. Very impactful book in a layman's language.Published 10 months ago by Sanjeev Malik
I felt this book was a little contrived and I am personally not into self help books. If the author wanted to really help others he would have just posted it for free instead of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Meghan rivers