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Publisher's Summary

So many of us today feel like we’re merely existing instead of thriving - and that’s where a purpose-oriented mind-set comes in. Living with purpose means using your gifts, in keeping with your values, to make a positive impact on the lives of others. But it’s not easy. Half the work of cultivating greater purpose in life involves facing personal and profound questions. What matters most to me? What do I value in other people, and why? What positive change do I want to see in the world?

Finding Your Purpose is designed to help answer questions like these and to put you on the path to meaning. Over the span of 10 engaging, empowering lessons, Professor Christine B. Whelan translates academic research into a program for making a difference in your everyday life, giving you a guidebook for anticipating - and navigating - the practical and emotional obstacles that may stand in the way of discovering your purpose. Whether you’re pushed by pain to make a change in your life or simply intrigued by the possibility of an even better life, this Audible Original is about possibilities and purpose.

It is, ultimately, an Audible Original made just for you.

©2020 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Christine B. Whelan is a Clinical Professor in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Director of the Money, Relationship and Equality Initiative. She graduated  magna cum laude from Princeton University and earned both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Oxford. Dr. Whelan has held teaching positions at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Iowa, and Princeton University. Dr. Whelan is the author of five books, including  The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life. She has been published in  The Wall Street Journal,  The Washington Post, and  The New York Times, among other national outlets. She has also appeared live on television programs and radio programs across the nation. Dr. Whelan is a nationally recognized thought leader, helping groups like the DeBruce Foundation, AARP’s Life Reimagined, Jackson National, Kaiser Permanente, and others on purpose-focused approaches to health, finances, and self-improvement strategies. She serves on the board of SEEK Safely and is an outspoken advocate for the dissemination of research-based advice.

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Powerful & Practical

Early on in the first lecture of Dr. Whelan’s “Finding Your Purpose” I understood why her course at the University of Wisconsin is so popular with students. She does a brilliant job of gathering wisdom from sources ranging from Ancient Greek philosophers, sacred scripture and eastern thought to enlightenment thinkers and modern day management gurus and curates and combines those insights into a practical tool for helping people understand themselves and build a more meaningful life.

I’m glad that what was once only available to students in Madison is now available to people of all ages everywhere.

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Great Lecture Series for Kick-Starting Purposeful Living

Purpose is one of those words that seems too big and heavy to deal with today - so we put it off until later. Finding Your Purpose demystifies the concept and gives you the ideas to think through the deeper questions in bite-sized pieces. I love the idea of a purpose mindset instead of a singular purpose. And the idea of writing a daily purpose statement, too. Lots of good ideas, all backed up by research, in this informative lecture series.

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You will want to read it over and over

Finding Your Purpose is one of the best books that I have ever read. I love this book it's so full of spiritual insight and hope . This book really helps people realize how much God loves them and has a plan for each individual's life.

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Extremely Helpful

I loved the way Christine simplifies the steps to being able to clarify what you want your life to be about. Establishing a good support system, facing your fears, and looking at your life as a story that you get to write. Beautiful!

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A Diamond in Sweater Wrapping

The author has struggled, succeeded and quietly suffered in life. Her reflection on life purpose is authentic.

But for some unknown reasons, the content is bundled with tons of space-fillers then wrapped in multiple layers of sales lingo. The impatient skeptics may easily mistaken the book as a motivational piece.

My advice is to read the titles of the chapters and select the messages that speak to you. It is worth spending 30 minutes treasure-hunting.

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A Guide for Literally Anyone and Everyone

Where was this lecture a few years ago, when I was wrapping up my undergraduate degree, stuck in a dead end relationship, and feeling so lost about my path?

I thoroughly enjoyed the purposeful journey Dr. Whelan takes you on in this book, and it was a key part in focusing my potential and giving me a sense of, well, purpose! I feel much more confident about my current AND future place in my life having worked through the recommended activities. I wish I’d listened to it years ago, but it’s just as relevant to me now and I’m sure will be again in a few years when I experience further life developments.

I would recommend this course to anyone at any stage in their life. The intrapersonal journey it takes you on is valuable and insightful and I’ve found myself using what I learned in my every day functioning, and feeling very optimistic about where I’m at and where I will be because of it. And it‘s fun!

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A step by step course on purpose.

This is a good book on a step-by-step manner of how to build your purpose statement. This book should be listened to with pen and paper. You cannot just listen to this book and get the full impact. The author uses additional references, but does go over them quickly and you may need to use the rewind button to get the reference material. this is the start not the end of "finding your purpose" but it is a very good launching point. thank you to the author for doing this work.

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Worth the Read

I enjoyed this book/lesson. It was inspiring, organized and not overwhelming with reasonable exercises. This is a quick read and one that can be read through then referred back to to complete exercises, etc.
A good book to have in your arsenal of purposeful living and personal growth tools.

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Nice short book

We generally don’t enforce purpose of life for long. Author was clear and rest depends on us.