Summary of The Highest Goal

The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment

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The Highest Goal book summary
To live a happy, fulfilling life, follow your heart, realize your purpose and align what you do with who you really are.


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If you experience a lack of connection between what you love doing - what you are genetically and physically programmed to do - and your work, the misalignment can make you miserable. Author Michael Ray contends that life doesn’t have to be that way. He guides you through some soul-searching steps to put you in touch with that one thing that really brings you joy. He calls this your "highest goal" - the quest that drives you to fulfill your purpose. He explains that you can think creatively, discover your highest goal, and steadily follow a path that leads to satisfaction, joy and meaning. getAbstract recommends this book to readers who are interested in self-help literature; Ray does a good job of explaining how to define your highest goal and get started on the path to achieving it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to discover your highest goal;
  • What obstacles stand between you and your goal; and
  • Which steps to take to live your highest goal.


The Joy of Discovering and Living for Your Highest Goal
Skills, intelligence, college degrees, a good job, wealth - all these things may contribute to living a good, happy life. However, none of these things, by itself, can provide the sense of fulfillment that living according to your...
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About the Author

Michael Ray taught "Personal Creativity in Business" at Stanford University for 25 years. He is a social psychologist and the co-author of many books, including Creativity in Business, The Path of the Everyday Hero and The Creative Spirit.

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