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Tim Kelley gives us all a road map for the discovery of our true purpose in life. No other book that I have ever come across lays out the journey in such a thoughtful, challenging, and motivating way. If you want a life filled with meaning and purpose, let Tim be your guide. You won't be disappointed! --Howard Behar, Former president of Starbucks Coffee

Tim Kelley's work is of the highest caliber. His insight, precision, and skill shine out from a field that is typically hazy. If you are called to explore the realm of purpose, I know of no better guide than Tim. --Helen Palmer, Best-selling author of The Enneagram

What Einstein did for physics and Gutenberg did for printing, True Purpose does for purpose. You'll discover that we've been in nursery school with respect to what we know and how we access purpose. This book puts us into college. Whether you know your purpose or not, I urge you to read this book and do its exercises. It will put you on a path of magic and blessings. True Purpose will be the standard for years to come. Well done, Tim. --Martin Rutte, Co-editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work and Founder of Project Heaven on Earth

About the Author

Tim Kelley is a nationally renowned expert on helping people find their life's purpose. He has worked with over a hundred CEOs and trained more than a thousand coaches, therapists, and consultants. He formerly worked as a leader at Oracle, two levels below the CEO. Tim has transformed entire organizations, coaching top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Nabisco, AOL, ING, Oracle, Lexmark, and Louis Dreyfus. Tim's methods have been featured nationally in magazines and on TV. He has led trainings and workshops for over fifteen years in leadership, meditation, Voice Dialogue, and men's work, and he is certified by Helen Palmer to teach the Enneagram. Tim is also the co-author of Wake Up... Live the Life You Love: Living on Purpose, A Search for Purpose, and Blueprint for Success. Tim has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from MIT, where he taught calculus and studied philosophy and astronomy. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and son.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Transcendent Solutions Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615267939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615267937
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Kelley gives lots of ideas for bypassing the cognitive mind when desiring to search for deeper purpose in your career life. As a long term practicing psychotherapist and very spiritual person, it was overly instructional and simplistic for my taste. I read the book as I am also training in Strategic Intervention coaching and a loved one recommended it. I do believe the book would be excellent for highly functional, successful Type A's who want to move beyond a standard business paradigm.
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This book by Tim Kelley is one resource you will want if you are driven to find your unique purpose in life. Many people are being called to discover their higher purpose in life, but there are few reliable guides to show the way. Tim is one of the best. His methodology is both specific and comprehensive- and if you follow it, you will have an excellent chance at discovering your special reason for being on the planet, what you are meant to do and who you are meant to do it with. With this clarity, you can make your important life decisions on purpose and bring more meaning into your everyday life.

The book is filled with exercises that will help you hone in on your very specific life purpose- the real power of this book is in your application of the exercises as you gain greater and greater clarity about your true purpose. Tim's process has been tested and refined by hundreds of his students over many years- if finding your true purpose is important to you, you will love this book.
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Tim Kelley is quite thorough in his approach to this subject -- covering many bases, so that folks from different spiritual (or agnostic/atheistic) backgrounds can find just the right tools for themselves. His writing style is clear and simple. With a subject this deep, I think that is a perfect approach ... most of us are kind of babes in the woods in this realm, so plain, straightforward language really works great, particularly for left-brain thinkers.

I've had the book for several weeks, and am only part-way through it, yet I already have a solid knowing of my True Purpose. It's actually quite similar to the author's -- I believe I am here to help others find their way, follow their hearts and desires, and live lives that are full of joy and meaning. With the help of his companion CD, I've also become clear on what my next "mission" is -- leading a yoga teacher training that focuses on living one's dharma, or life's purpose. I've actually been informally guiding students in this way for some time, and this book is providing me some wonderful insights and tools to be even more effective in this role.
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This book is easy to read and reminds you about how capable and unique you can be. Lot of this content also seems obvious but it is a good book to pick up every year or so to keep your "purpose" going. I suggest reading and keeping this book on Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation) or an iPad [...]. Another recommendation is: The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work
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I liked this book because it gave me different approaches to the question of "purpose." I've been frustrated by other books and gurus in the past who have only one approach and are sure theirs is the "right" one.
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Some of the excercises are difficult because I have do not have experience focusing on passionate memories. It is a great journey to take though! Only 1/2 way through but excited to complete. Highly recommend sharing your journey with a friend.
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Tim Kelly does an excellent job in giving me an insight into how we move away from our purpose and points you in the direction of how to do the work. This is a great book for people serious about going to the next level. I would love to see more children an young people read this book. Thanks
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The book is written in a simple yet powerful way and filled with exercises for those who are looking to find themselves and make a difference. I highly recommend it if you feel you need something else in your life and still haven't found it yet. Great read!
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