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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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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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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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Not exactly what I was expecting. I am disappointed.

The book idea and subject fascinated me but it turn out to be another book with a lot of general concepts that repeat over and over. This book it might be good for a college student but certainly was not good for me. The book calls for a lot of exercises and writing. At the end you will have your purpose statement. This is not a book that I enjoy listening while I am driving or walking. I was not impress. Another self teaching life book the failed to meet my expectations. It was too much simplistic in many aspects. Most book concepts are common sense, other are not realistic other than in the academy environment of a school or college.

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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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If you need a mission statement read Covey

This is the first Great Course audio that I am glad I did not have to purchase to find out that it has no value. The positivity is almost nauseating and apparently the only way you can have a purpose is for it to be in the service of others. The stories used to illustrate the points are all successful extroverted people who found their "purpose", and I agree with another reviewer that this feels very much like a motivational "sell".

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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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Please add PDF

Nice step by step process, but as a busy mom listening when I could I was disappointed there was not a PDF. It would have been nice to have a summary of each chapter with the reflection and journaling assignments available to refer back to. Even the basic purpose sentence took me several rewinds to just write down so I could fill it in for myself.

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Good listening experience, however...

the author draws upon her own experiences, and does well with research. It's a calm, pleasing listen as well. However, its a really close copy of many of the same books in this genre, particular reminding me of the OG, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. This is worth a read though. have no doubt, if only to reinforce the positive, grateful living mindset. Much Love.

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Not bad - a structured approach, but…

… there are no easy answers, at least not for me. I like the approach of determining your values, listing your top strengths and talents, and aligning them to achieve something you find meaningful and fulfilling. But finding my purpose is still elusive.

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  • 09-05-21

Wow!

This has been such a valuable and nourishing resource and I will certainly be listening to this again! Thank you!

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  • 01-19-22

Definitely worth listening to and take notes too

I listen to this as I drift off to sleep or while I'm prepping meals or washing up. I'm going to take notes the next time I listen to it. I loved it.

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  • Marcell P.
  • 08-24-22

My purpose

Very informative and inspiring to find my purpose in life. I always seem to put everything off to the next day, but the key is just start right now. This lecture has taught me a lot. My path is more clearer now. Thank you Christine Whelan for this. You've helped a lot!

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  • Londoner
  • 08-12-22

Useful and practical

Direct no fuss explanation, good length audio book. Easy to follow. Good exercise with timely reminders of key points without over repetitive. In fact, I found it very useful that I listened to a few chapters a couple of times.

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  • Juho Turpeinen
  • 08-07-22

Not for me, but could be for you

In the fantastic Great Courses production "The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self," Leo Damrosch notes that "our culture talks the Rousseau line but lives the Franklin life," and to me that quote is this course in a nutshell. It talks about introspection and the importance of environment to our thinking, but ultimately resolves to a kind of "just do it" mentality that I find neither helpful nor profound. I suspect your enjoyment of this course will depend on whether you find the above Damrosch quote a condemnation or an endorsement of our culture. Professor Whelan's performance is competent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-22

Amazing eye-opener !

This was an amazing book, am definitely gonna listen to it a few times again!

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  • Anna Nym
  • 08-02-22

momentum building

The course gives a good starting point, outline and actionable steps on how to go about finding your values and skills. From there it teaches how to write a mission statement, make actionable steps and build thw foundation for a purposeful life.

I found the Q&A sections very helpful and am looking forward to setting up my journal for the next months.

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  • Jen Nolan
  • 07-31-22

I would pay to listen to this.

Informative, insightful and well presented.
Finding purpose can sometimes feel like a self help cliche, this lecture series was down to earth and practical.
I would recommend this to young and older people who are maybe feeling a bit stuck. Or to someone who has completed therapy or has been on a self discovery journey and is ready to take the next step.

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  • aleks
  • 01-20-22

thank you. trully inspiring and clear message

i am so glad I stumbled upon this great book. must read for everybody.

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  • Surprised
  • 01-25-22

More useful than Find Your Why

A succinct, practice approach to finding your purpose.
Nicely structured, short chapters with simple to do lists.
I’ve listened through once and will go through again.
Would be better if there was an accompanying work book, but then can’t complain as this was included in my membership!
I’ll likely purchase one of Christine Whelan’s paperbacks.
In summary great value, practical approach to finding and articulating your purpose.