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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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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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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: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Wilson on July 22, 2012
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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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This book was not quote what I was expecting, but it was still very good. I especially liked how intermittent chapters were inspirational and then practical; what can be done and then how it can be done. Keep up the good work.
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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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I have been involved in philanthropy and either worked or volunteered in the nonprofit world for over 20 years, yet there was still advice that I found very helpful. It's a great book for anyone just considering how they want to leave their mark on the world and for those who have dedicated their career to making the world a better place.

His financial background and advice in that area made this book different from any other book like this that I have read. The financial piece may have been my favorite part. Though it's hard to say because some of the stories about what people are doing to help others were most inspiring.
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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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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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I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.

This is a wonderful book filled with inspiring stories as well as tips on how everyone can make their own mark on the world without worrying about debt. Speaking of debt, the book also offers valuable advice on how to overcome financial pitfalls as well as saving for the future. After all it can be difficult to give when you can barely make ends meet.

But it goes farther than money. Volunteerism is also a wonderful way to give back to the cause of your choosing, and the stories shared revolve around the experiences of individuals. Read as others have made small steps in their lives that have changed the lives of others greatly. You will leave not only wanting to help others, but immediately trying to find ways to leave your own mark on the world.

The stories and information given are great for all ages. It will make a great gift to teens, newlyweds, and even college students, but it is never too late to start saving for the future and giving your time and/or money to the cause(s) of your choice. The tools given, and if followed, will help to shape a better tomorrow as we work to get out of debt (and stay there!), and thus freeing up money to give to those in need (or to fund a volunteerism sabbatical).

As for the author of Your Mark on the World, the writing was easy to follow, and there were no confusing terms thrown around. This is why anyone can read and utilize the tools given. Every financial term was explained, and I even learned a lot about the different types of investments out there without feeling as if my head were about to explode. I hate math, and I rarely use the word hate, so the formulas provided as well as the charts were extremely helpful in helping me to figure out how much I need to save now to afford college for my three children. Overall I found the book helpful, and the stories were inspiring, some to the point of tears.
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