The Seed

The Seed

Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work

Book - 2011
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"A business fable to help you discover your purpose in work and lifeNew from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on a quest for the meaning and passion behind work. Josh, an up-and-comer at a leading technology company, is disenchanted with his job. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks to decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.Through Josh's journey cross-country journey, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and inspiration in your own business and life. When he discovers where and how to plant the seed, you'll get a new sense of what it means to live and work with passion and purpose. Offers practical wisdom on discovering your true purpose, professionally and in life in general A business fable by Jon Gordon, the bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Soup Nobody captures the deeper meaning of business like Jon Gordon, and The Seed is his most searching and significant book yet. Whatever your profession, take this insightful look at the purpose behind work, and plant The Seed of inspiration in your life!"--
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2011.
ISBN: 9780470888568
Branch Call Number: 650.1/GORDON
Characteristics: x, 146 p. ; 23 cm.


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May 15, 2013

In my opinion, this is feel-goody, overly-optimistic storytelling that doesn't serve anyone. The whole "business fable" is mostly metaphorical for finding purpose and happiness in life. However, it contains contradictions that make the logic hard to follow. For instance, in the beginning the story advocates finding and maintaining focus on one's purpose in life in order to be happy. But a few chapters later one of the character's criticizes another for forgetting the "art of being." It is confusing, then, what Gordon is advocating. If it is a balance between a purpose-driven life on the one hand and then a life that includes leisure and pleasure on the other, that would be fine. But he doesn't make this explicit or provide any solid advice on how to make this possible. Also, everything seems to just work out for the protagonist. He just goes on a few trips, meets a few people from his past, talks to his dog, and everything goes his way. There are no realistic roadblocks or challenges to overcome. He doesn't have to make any sacrifices or think critically about himself, which is a huge part of what most people who feel lost or purposeless have to do. The whole thing just seemed too far removed from the majority of people's realities to give any solid advice on how to find purpose and happiness.


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