The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work

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""Purpose"" and ""Calling"" seem, at first glance, grand words, best reserved for a gifted few. But we all possess an ability to do work we were made for. The Power of Purpose is an original guide to discovering your unique calling. Bestselling author and career counselor Richard Leider offers a compelling discussion of the call to work. He provides a practical guide for creating meaning in your life and work. He focuses on living and working from the inside out, grounding the common sense of soul work in the common practice of everyday life.

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The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work, by respected life/work planning specialist Richard Leider, is a lofty yet down-to-earth guide for people struggling to find their true professional callings. Developed through the author's considerable personal experience and extensive interviews conducted over the past 20 years, it's designed to serve as a jumping-off point for those who'd truly like to combine their "own unique gifts" with "the needs of the world" to carve out a vocational niche that's both individualized and highly rewarding. A helpful guide to using the material in a reading group is included.

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Questions for Discussion: Following a Four Session Flow Session one: The Purpose of Purpose Read:

The Introduction and Section I, pp. iv-34 Do:

Before the session, answer the questions on:

page V: "If you could live your life over again, you would...?"

page 6: "Look ahead. How old do you think you'll live to be?"

page 21: "My calling in life is..." Discuss:

Decide on group leaders/expectations.

Group introductions

Read the quote on page 5 aloud and discuss it

Discuss the three pre-session questions (above) Session two: Living on Purpose Read:

Section II, pages 35-64 Do:

Before the session answer the questions on: page 39: "Why do I get up on Monday morning?" page 51: "An Aliveness Questionnaire Discuss:

Read the quote on page 40 aloud and discuss it.

Discuss the Purpose Spiral on p. 42:

* Which chamber do you see yourself in?

* What is your core question?

Discuss the Aliveness Questionnaire on p. 51:

* Do you feel "the rapture of being alive"? Session three: Working on Purpose Read:

Section III, pages 65-89 Do:

Before the session, answer the questions on: page 66: "What are your expectations of work?"

"Is work something to be suffered through and endured?"

"Or is work synonymous with a calling?" pages 77-78: "A Working on Purpose Questionnaire Discuss:

Read the quote on page 67 aloud and discuss it. Discuss A Working on Purpose Questionnaire on pages 77-78

* Do you feel the "power of purpose" at work? Session four: The Path to Purpose Read:

Section IV, pages 90-120 Do:

Review the eight "multiple intelligences" on pages 98-100 Rank order yourself from 1 to 8, based on what you perceive your natural strengths to be (1 is highest, 8 is lowest). Think of an example of a talent which would fit in your #1 area

Review the nine "passion" questions on pages 103-104 Discuss:

Read aloud the quote on page 87 and discuss it.

Discuss the eight "multiple intelligences on pages 98-100: * Compare the tope three choices of each group member.

Discuss the nine "passion" questions on pages 103-104: * Compare responses to the question "What moves you?" * Have each member summarize their purpose journey (5 minutes) Celebrate! Suggestions for Further Reading: * Leider, Richard J. and Shapiro, David A., Repacking Your Bags * Bellman, Geoffrey M., Your Signature Path * Richards, Dick, Artful Work Courtesy of Berrett-Koehler Publishers BERRETT-KOEHLER STUDY GUIDE

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