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The Working-on-Purpose Inventory

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The Purpose Study Group

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Session 1: The Meaning of Purpose

Read:

The Preface and Part I, Chapters 1—4.

Do:

Before the session, answer the following questions:

If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently? (Preface)

Look ahead. How old do you think you’ll live to be? (Chapter 1)

My calling in life is_______. (Chapter 4)

Discuss:

Decide who will be the facilitator.

Perform group introductions.

Read the quote by Andrew Greeley in Chapter 5 (”It seems to me that in the last analysis there are only two choices ”) aloud and discuss it.

Discuss the three presession questions (above).

Session 2: Paths to Purpose

Read:

Part II, Chapters 5-7.

Do:

Review the eight intelligences in Chapter 6.

Rank-order yourself from 1 to 8 based on what you perceive your natural strengths to be (1 is highest, 8 is lowest).

Think of a talent that would fit in your #1 area.

Review the nine passion questions in Chapter 7-

Discuss:

Read aloud the quote by Viktor Frankl at the beginning of Chapter 5 (”We can discover the meaning of life in three different ways . . .”) and discuss it.

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Chapter 6 Explore—What’s Possible for You?

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It is by many accounts the greatest advertising campaign in business history—certainly the most iconic.

If you don’t remember it or never saw it, it starts quietly with a few subdued notes from a piano and a black-and-white video image of Albert Einstein.

Then we hear a voice, simple, honest, direct, authentic: “Here’s to the crazy ones,” it says. “The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.”

The images on the screen advance with strength and elegance: Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Richard Branson, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Buckminster Fuller, Thomas Edison, Richard Feynman.

“The round pegs in the square holes,” the voice says evenly. “The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them,” the voice calmly tells us as the parade of iconic faces continues.

Muhammad Ali, Ted Turner, Maria Callas, Mahatma Gandhi, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock.

“About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.”

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Chapter 4: The Flame of Meaning: Reclaiming Our Purpose

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New Elder
Frederic Hudson

“I refuse to become a marginalized person! So many people just disappear, lose their nerve,and disconnect. Not me. I’m at the end of who I was. But I’m at the beginning of who I might become. That’s exciting to me.”

These bold reflections from Frederic Hudson opened his dialogue with Richard on a sunny May morning in Santa Barbara, California. As the sunlight slanted through the living room windows of the Hudson household,Frederic took Richard on a passionate journey through his recent paintings. As he spoke,he was describing—as someone who is coming to terms with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease—what it is like to confront the limitations of the flesh.

“I’ve had to give up one era of my life,” Frederic claims, “in order to enter another. I’ve always been fascinated with how people deconstruct and reconstruct their lives. We all need to constantly do this, to reinvent ourselves.”

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Frederic speaks slowly,crisply,and clearly. This friend and colleague of Richard,this new elder who one year ago worked with a vengeance—traveling,speaking,writing and creating, always creating. Frederic, founder of both the Fielding and Hudson Institutes,is one of the thought leaders in adult development and coaching in America. Today Frederic savors solitude.“The life force,”he says,“now is about celebrating life and about generosity—giving it all away. It’s all about being. The peace I’m gaining is coming from using my illness as a challenge,as permission to be.”

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