The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work

The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work

by Jon Gordon

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Overview

A business fable to help you discover your purpose in work and life

New 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 his 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.

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470888568
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 78,345
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JON GORDON'S bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp,The Shark and the Goldfish, and Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at www.JonGordon.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonGordon11.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Two Weeks 1

2 Lost 5

3 A Higher Perspective 13

4 Dreams 19

5 On the Road to Find Out 23

6 Home 27

7 Happiness 33

8 Dharma 37

9 College 41

10 The One Song 43

11 Positive Point of View 49

12 Dogs Have a Purpose 55

13 The Restaurant 57

14 Service 63

15 Gifts from the Past 67

16 A New Opportunity 69

17 George 75

18 The Decision 87

19 GPT 89

20 The Purpose Process 91

21 Four Stages of Purpose 97

22 Y-Process 107

23 Stand Out 109

24 Growth 113

25 Tests 117

26 A Dream Remembered 121

27 Overcome 123

28 Making a Difference 125

29 A Name Means Something 127

30 Abundance 129

31 A Season for Everything 135

32 The Harvest 141

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The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
heathermc22 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and it was definitely an eye opener for me. Learning about where and when to plant your seed is a great lesson that anyone can learn from at any point in their life. I have purchased another copy to give to a friend that is struggling with her purpose in life and where to go. I am confident that if you are in the same position, this book will guide you through. Jon's message touched me on so many levels and I know that I need to plant my seed. I encourage everyone to read this book. The message is timeless.
Shelly_Mortensen More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed reading The Seed - it was entertaining. At the same time, it has a powerful message for each of us. You must read it to learn how to apply its lessons to your life and work. Jon delivers another engaging story with lively characters - I especially enjoyed reconnecting with George from The Energy Bus. Dharma is a pleasant surprise as well. I highly recommend this book and encourage you to read and apply it to your own life.
Lin_King More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Jon Gordon's and have all of his books. I purchased The Energy Bus soon after its release to lead a discussion with a group that I supervised. Very effective. Now, I have purchased The Seed to share with another group. I am giving this book as a gift to each of the members as well as to my grandchildren, ages 12 - 19. I believe this book is a MUST for teenagers, parents, and all other persons in a leadership role. All of Jon's books are inspiring!
BonnieMK More than 1 year ago
The Seed will take you places you have never thought of going to discover or rediscover your passion and purpose in like. This is an easy read with thought provoking ideas to embrace God's plan for you.It will make a great study with it's action plan for small groups or large companies as well. Enjoy your journey and harvest.
yeldabmoers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m always up for reading a book on one¿s purpose in life. What spiritual reader isn¿t? The problem is the topic has been overdone and the market flooded with such books. Purpose-inspired titles that I¿ve read include: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life¿s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle and who can forget The Secret by Rhonda Byrne? But I¿m left to wonder how the latest book on the topic can add anything new?The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work by Jon Gordon was just published this year. This little nutshell of a book¿a mere 143 pages¿reminded me of Henry David Thoreau¿s book Faith in a Seed, where he writes, ¿I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there and I am prepared to expect wonders.¿ Though Gordon is not a philosopher or Transcendentalist like Thoreau, rather an author of bestselling business self-help books, he may have found an original twist on this old, well known adage: the be happy in work or in life, you must know your purpose and be aligned with it. Gordon¿s book follows the story of Josh, a midlevel employee of a respected company who finds he has lost his passion for work. Josh¿s boss is aware of his burnout, confronts him, and offers him time off to decide whether his job is worth keeping. So off Josh goes to find his purpose. On his journey, he meets several people who guide him along the way, introducing him to the concept of the seed. There are four stages of the seed: first preparation, second planting, third growth, and finally the forth stage, the harvest. In the preparation stage, Josh learns that anything one has ever done, all of one¿s gifts, talents, lessons learned, lead up to finding one¿s purpose. Josh meets a farmer at this stage who tells him that one can¿t find purpose without adversity and challenges. ¿Adversity, for many, features a time of drought. Drought might include a time when ideas, money, good fortune, contacts, and success dry up. It might include a job loss or the death of a loved one or a personal illness¿During such times, you feel like you are in a desert, isolated from the prosperity, health and success of the world¿However when you progress to the other stages of purpose and look back at the preparation stage of your life, you¿ll realize it was the drought that made you the person you are today.¿In the planting stage, Josh learns not to go looking around for his purpose, but to plant himself where he is, and give his all in service to others. In turn, his purpose will find him. I found this to be a novel and refreshing concept. Usually, the hero journeys out, sometimes to far away lands, as in Elizabeth Gilbert¿s Eat, Pray, Love. Staying put is almost counterintuitive, yet appealing. Following planting is the growth phase where most give up, as it has the greatest resistance. Josh is warned that right before one reaps his or her harvest, one faces the greatest challenges. The closer one gets to his or her goal, the stronger the resistance. At the end of his journey, Josh makes it through all four stages, and finds his own purpose. He discovers the might of passion and purpose, and seeks to teach others. One of the most touching parts at the end is when Josh shares the story of a loan officer of a mortgage company who told him that her job was to save people¿s marriages, because in helping people keep their homes she would be helping to keep families together.In the end, I found The Seed to be a charming little green book, worth the read for its innovative take on an age-old adage. However, be warned that the writing is simplistic, written for the level of an elementary school student, and ridden with cliché expressions. In my experience, sometimes these kinds of books are not the best written and oversimplified. Still, the concepts of The Seed and its ideas are well organized, well thought out, and stirring enough for a satisfying and thoug
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No where in the title, description or the three actual pages of the book preview on B&N is there any indication that this is a "trust in God and he will show you the way" type of book, or that it is only 115 pages. I feel ripped off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book presents biblical messages in a fashion that should not offend anyone that is or is not a Christian. This easy read tells an easily relatable story that we have all found ourselves in. It gives step by step instructions at how to change our lives into what God and ultimately,we, want them to be. So many people give up on themselves too soon,but God never gives up on us. Read it,plant your seed and watch it grow and make the world a better place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Jon Gordon. He is quickly becoming obe of my favorite authors.
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Meet me in my den asap
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California-Cori More than 1 year ago
Such a great story! This book has the ability to touch everyone spiritual or not! It's a fun story with a great message! I love the dog and her view point.
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NamaG More than 1 year ago
Jon Gordon has the incredible gift to write life lessons in wonderful stories, which keep you intrigued while sharing the message. His latest book THE SEED delivers to the reader lessons in finding your purpose with passion. His wonderful story about Josh, the main character, and his dog Dharma searching for his purpose in life shows us ways to find our own purpose in a very engaging manner. We all search for our purpose in life, Josh finds his and his journey along the way with the cast of characters is beautifully written and an enjoyable read. Thank you Jon, again, for sharing with us yet another wonderful book.
kstein More than 1 year ago
I love this book--this is a simple and easy ready read-you can follow the main character throughout the entire story-but yet so many parts of the story, you can see yourself in his shoes. This book came at the perfect time for me-a simple but yet, soul searching book that can get you the life you always wanted--highly recommend it!
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vidale More than 1 year ago
This amazing book has come along just as I needed a reminder about purpose in life. You will be inspired to put its lessons into action and tell others about it. Purpose and passion were lacking in my professional life for many reasons, but after reading this book, I feel like a new person, ready to tackle whatever may come.
elbiddulph More than 1 year ago
Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is this what my life is supposed to be? Great questions! Jon Gordon's new book, The Seed, helps readers discover the answer. Through a wonderful story about a man given a two week leave of absence by his employer to, essentially, contemplate and renew his commitment to his job, we learn a method to explore our own satisfaction and find our purpose. The keys are, first, being open to discovery and, second, being open to the possibility that we may already be living our purpose but are missing the realization of, and passion for, that. The story is a simple and engaging read. If you have previously read Gordon's The Energy Bus, you will recognize the appearance of George, and the positive lessons he brings to a discussion about purpose. As with other Gordon books, there are quotable quotes about life, work, and attitude and a simple to understand process to take away and implement. The four stages of finding one's purpose are taught through the main character's life experiences, his dog, and a mysterious farmer. As Gordon repeatedly does so well in all of his writing, he takes a significant life challenge and presents it in an easy to relate to story, with important lessons presented in such a manner that the reader doesn't realize the reflection and learning that is inspired. As with his other books, there will also be a discussion guide and action plan available on the website soon. I must admit, I am a Jon Gordon fan. I own all of the books he has written, I have led a transformative, positively energizing book club at work for The Energy Bus, and I rank him among my favorite authors. I love the fable style story, especially when the story applies to live in general, not just work life. When I heard that Gordon was writing a new book, I immediately advance-ordered twelve copies for my next book club. I applied to be one of Gordon's "seed planters" and was honored to be accepted. Whether you are a fan like I am and have read all of Gordon's books, or if you've never read a Gordon book, order The Seed and read it. You won't regret a moment. And, you just might learn something about your purpose. Note: As a seed planter, I was given advance access to an online copy of the book. In no other way, however, was this review influenced by the author, publisher, or any other party associated with The Seed.
LaurieMcAnaugh More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It illustrates the 4 stages of Purpose beautifully, like a map to follow for those of us willing to take such a journey. The intriguing surprise about the farmer towards the end of the book illustrates how an unbending faith shows us the power of what is truly possible. Thank you to Jon for the reminder that the obstacles in the growth phase are normal and to never give up! Read this book...it will improve your perspectives, encourage you to consider and pursue your purpose, remind you to trust and surrender and promise you that you have everything you need to make a difference!
PaulU More than 1 year ago
Purpose in life is a universal question. Jon does a great job in his story about Josh, a young man, seeking his purpose in life. The book has very spiritual overtones and is outstanding.
Jeremy Dunn More than 1 year ago
Plant your seed!!!