Summary of The Power of Purpose

Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work

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The Power of Purpose book summary
If you need a sense of mission that goes beyond profit and power, tap into your inner purpose, find your calling, and celebrate your unique gifts. Then go lie down (seriously, solitude helps too).


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5 Innovation

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Richard J. Leider believes everyone needs to find an individual sense of unique purpose. When you have this sense of purpose, you can use it as a central core of direction to guide your life and give it meaning. The book is simply written, easy to understand and targeted to a general audience. However, it also seems quite repetitious, in that the same ideas are explained many different ways. Some of these concepts are quite familiar, echoing some basic ideas about the importance of having a sense of mission, path, and goals, much like Laurie Beth Jones’ book, The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement. Finally, while some readers may respond deeply to Leider’s spiritual and religious references, others may find them problematic, given the split in the business community about spirituality in the workplace. getAbstract recommends this book for readers who have not yet considered this mission-focused dimension of life planning and for managers who wish to understand this perspective.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to realize your purpose in life
  • Why the discovery of your true purpose will positively affect your life; and
  • How purpose and happiness are interconnected.


Why You Need to Discover Your Purpose
You have a life purpose; everyone has a "natural reason for being." Your purpose is that "deepest dimension within" that forms your central core, the essence that helps you understand your basis for existence. It tells you who you...
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About the Author

Richard J. Leider is a founding partner of the Inventure Group, a training firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, devoted to helping individuals, leaders, and teams discover the power of purpose. He is an author, speaker, career coach, and pioneer in the field of "Life/Work Planning," who has worked with many Fortune 500 companies. His five previous books include the best selling Repacking Your Bags, The Inventurers, and Life Skills.

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