The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better (2nd by Richard J. Leider

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Off to a Flying Start Caroline Otis had been a writer by trade for more than twenty years. Her work had allowed her to use and develop important gifts, and its freedom had allowed her to work at home and schedule her days around the needs of her family. ” As her children left for college, it became clear that parenting had been her most purposeful work. This realization — that helping young people move toward the future with confidence and a sense of joy — moved Caroline to consider working with other adolescents to help them get off to a flying start.

Soon I had a burgeoning career coaching practice after hours, a growing reputation, and a waiting list! With a growing family and financial needs, I moved to a large bank holding company, where, in addition to a much larger human resources job, I continued to hone my career coaching skills both inside the organization and after hours. However, I was still a lone voice in the career wilderness. A chance meeting with Richard Bolles fueled my career coaching fires and affirmed my evolving coaching philosophy.

We will feel that our time here was well spent, that our legacy is a positive one. In contrast, when we have no purpose, we wander directionless through life, fail to realize our full potential, and sometimes look back with despair over wasted time and opportunities. Chapter 3 ◊ 33 The Purpose Spiral Viktor Frankl, the Jewish psychiatrist who survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, taught me the importance of finding purpose and meaning. He claimed that it was the key to survival when his choices were few and the future seemed hopeless.

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