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The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work by Jon Gordon was just published this year. This little nutshell of a book--a mere 143 pages--reminded me of Henry David Thoreau's book Faith in a Seed, where he writes, "I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there and I am prepared to expect wonders." Though Gordon is not a philosopher or Transcendentalist like Thoreau, rather an author of bestselling business self-help books, he may have found an original twist on this old, well known adage: the be happy in work or in life, you must know your purpose and be aligned with it.
Gordon's book follows the story of Josh, a midlevel employee of a respected company who finds he has lost his passion for work. Josh's boss is aware of his burnout, confronts him, and offers him time off to decide whether his job is worth keeping. So off Josh goes to find his purpose. On his journey, he meets several people who guide him along the way, introducing him to the concept of the seed.
There are four stages of the seed: first preparation, second planting, third growth, and finally the forth stage, the harvest. In the preparation stage, Josh learns that anything one has ever done, all of one's gifts, talents, lessons learned, lead up to finding one's purpose.Read more ›
Thank you Jon, for inspiring me to rewrite my goals as `purpose driven goals', and for giving me a life charge!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring to read. Work is just that, work. But working with a purpose, in unison with co-workers...now that's rewarding! Read morePublished 7 days ago
A must have for anyone searching for their purpose! A must for professional development!Published 9 days ago by Debbie McDaniel
This is one of my favorite books of all time. So often we look outside ourselves for motivation, validation, and inspiration. Read morePublished 19 days ago by René Vidal, Co-Author, Play Smart to Win in Business
You should by several of these and give them away. This is a great book.Published 1 month ago by Pierce5