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By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: The “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question has conditioned us to think of our life’s purpose in terms of a vocation. When we were children we might say, “I want to be a cowboy, a teacher, a doctor or maybe even President of the United States.” Unfortunately this carries over into adulthood. We confuse our purpose with a vocation. Think of it like this. Your purpose is your destination in life. A… Read More
By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: What’s My Line? was a popular television game show in the 1950s and 60s. Contestants with unusual occupations would join the host on stage while a panel tried to guess his or her vocation by way of a good natured and often humorous interrogation. My favorite part of the program was the final guest, who was always a celebrity. Since the celebrity guest would be readily recognized, the panel donned masks that kept them “in the dark” so to… Read More
By Jim Whitt This is Chapter 4 from my series from The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: In the film Dead Poet’s Society Robin Williams portrays an instructor in a private school charged with the daunting challenge of teaching teenaged boys the value of poetry. In one poignant scene he huddles the entire class around him in the middle of his classroom and recites these lines penned by Walt Whitman: “O me! O life… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless — of cities filled with the foolish; what… Read More
By Jim Whitt This is Chapter 3 from my series from The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: A headline in an issue of USA Today caught my attention, “Firms spend billions to fire up workers — with little luck. There’s no proof hot coals or speeches motivate the troops.” The accompanying article chronicled some of the more creative ways companies try to motivate employees including shelling out big bucks to have employees walk barefoot across 1,500-degree coals. I suppose they hope if you can walk across a bed of hot coals barefoot maybe you can… Read More
By Jim Whitt This is Chapter 2 from my series from The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: In the film City Slickers, Mitch (Billy Crystal) is a New York radio ad salesman experiencing a midlife crisis. He and his two closest friends, who are pretty much in the same boat, decide that a cattle drive on a dude ranch is the perfect vacation. My favorite scene is when Curly (Jack Palance), the tougher-than-nails old cowboy, is riding alone with Mitch looking for strays: Curly: How old are you? Thirty-eight? Mitch: Thirty-nine. Curly: You all… Read More