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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (May 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470888563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470888568
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JudiV on July 26 2011
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Jon Gordon is a master story teller. The Seed, as with all the previous stories, is a quick and easy read, filled with positive messages. In today's fast-paced world, sometimes the light and easy is necessary, to get us started. Once started, however, I found that I was slowing down and enjoying the ride. I think I'll read it and The Energy Bus again.
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See once in a while I find a book that I will share with my friends and staff. This is such a book, I purchased it online, I started reading, I changed into something very comfortable and just let it soak in. Yes I have felt like Joshua many times, but I got picked up and gently pushed along. To my big surprise I am the one planting the seeds now. Managing people and having fun doing it but this book showed me that this passion I have is not something that came easy. I have been many times pushing uphill and trying to find my roots. Glad I bought it and read it, I have 4 friends who read it and all of them thanked me and have also decided to let others read this book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Find your purpose by planting The Seed May 18 2011
By Eleanor Biddulph - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you're feeling lost, stuck and unhappy, this is your book! May 18 2011
By Laurie McAnaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Praise for the Seed May 19 2011
By Kaye Monroe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Seed provides a well of revelation for those who are longing for the fulfillment of purpose and experience trouble finding the path to get there. In simple story telling language, Jon Gordon illuminates the paths we must take to finding purpose as we walk on a parallel journey with a young man who has lost his way. He put's us back in touch with the higher calling upon our lives which if often lost in the navigation of everyday life. A must read for those who are stuck, at a standstill, in the valley of decision or have lost passion for life. A great gift for graduates, mid-lifers or those who are standing in the muddy waters of career crisis!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Life Charging Book! May 17 2011
By Deborah Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading Jon Gordon's The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work. Before I was halfway through the book, I felt recharged not only at work but also in my personal life. After reading The Seed, I realized that I had been in a drought. It was a relief to be able to put a label on how I had been feeling. Jon Gordon reminded me that I have a purpose that carries me through not only my workday, but also in my life. My purpose is the thing that charges me up and helps me `overcome' this drought!

Thank you Jon, for inspiring me to rewrite my goals as `purpose driven goals', and for giving me a life charge!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great read for those whom lack patience or just feel "stuck" May 25 2011
By MP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just finished reading The Seed and wanted to share some honest feedback:

1) Overall inspiring story and an easy read - consistent with Jon's other books
2) Appreciate the references to past books/lessons (energy vampires, gps, energy bus, etc.).
3) On the same point, the references begin to overlap and I began to ask myself "what's new?" when reading sections of the book
4) Reading was a little "God-heavy" at times - may turn off some readers though in retrospect it's probably just a couple of chapters.

Though the message was good, I did not think this was Jon's best book (personal favorite = Training Camp). I did like the universe piece and Josh finding his purpose/passion through his past-home, college, diner, girlfriend, etc. That was powerful and the "beware hobbies" is a nice touch - showing you can still hold on to things you enjoy and you might even be able to creatively implement them in your professional life to "stand out" and work with passion and purpose.

Most of us can relate to the main character in the book, and The Seed is a great reminder on how we can find purpose and happiness in life and work. I see people recommending it as a book for recent graduates, but I think its value/message extends far beyond that group - try people 5, 10, 15 or 30+ years into their career! Makes a great gift whether it's to others or yourself!

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