The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life

The Path to Purpose Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life Drawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study William Damon one of the country s leading writers on the lives of young people whose book Greater Expectations won the Parents Choice Award bri

  • Title: The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life
  • Author: William Damon
  • ISBN: 9781416537236
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Drawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study, William Damon one of the country s leading writers on the lives of young people, whose book Greater Expectations won the Parents Choice Award brilliantly investigates the most pressing issue in the lives of youth today why so many young people are failing to launch living at home longer, lacking career mDrawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study, William Damon one of the country s leading writers on the lives of young people, whose book Greater Expectations won the Parents Choice Award brilliantly investigates the most pressing issue in the lives of youth today why so many young people are failing to launch living at home longer, lacking career motivation, struggling to make a timely transition into adulthood, and not yet finding a life pursuit that inspires them His groundbreaking study shows that about one fifth of youth today are thriving highly engaged in activities they love and developing a clear sense of what they want to do with their lives but approximately one fourth are still rudderless, at serious risk of never fulfilling their potential The largest portion are teetering on the brink, in need of guidance to help them move forward some are dabblers who pursue strings of disconnected interests with no real commitment others, dreamers who have no realistic plans or understanding of what success will require.What makes the difference Damon shows that the key ingredient for the highly engaged is that they have developed a clear sense of purpose in their lives that motivates them and gives them direction Based on in depth interviews, he takes readers inside the minds of the disengaged and drifting kids and exposes their confusion and anxiety about what they should do with their lives He then offers compelling portraits of the young people who are thriving and identifies the nine key factors that have made the difference for them, presenting simple but powerful methods that parents and all adults can and must employ in order to cultivate that energized sense of purpose in young people that will launch them on the path to a deeply satisfying and productive life.

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    1. Thought this was a nice, coherent little book! I think the Damon has hit on an interesting insight - that there is a dearth of purpose in today's youth. As a member of "today's youth," I found that a lot of his observations rang true. I'm now fairly convinced - purpose is the root of all motivation.Full disclosure, Bill Damon is currently one of my professors, and he is a lovely man.

    2. While this book is not written only to parents, it is one of the best parenting books I have read. He offers a set of factors that are crucial to helping a sense of purpose come alive in our children. These factors are just solid parenting practices for any family. William Damon gives readers an excellent definition of purpose that can help anyone think about what their own purpose might be. In the early part of the book he covers why purpose is important in all of our lives. He says, "Study aft [...]

    3. Very good - was hoping for a little more concrete ideas for helping guide children to their calling - he offers some good conversation points but would have liked recommendations on ways to explore career paths and surveys for assessing strengths and interests etc.

    4. 649.7 DAMpxii, For what purpose? why? What do I hope to accomplish with all my efforts, with all the striving that I ma expected to do? what are the higher goals that give these efforts meaning? What matters to me, and why should it matter? what is my ultimate concern in life? Unless we make such questions a central part of our conversations with young people, we can do little but sit back and watch while they wander into a sea of confusion, drift, self-doubt, and anxiety -- feeling too often ar [...]

    5. As a college consultant, I probe a young person's interests, passions and long-term goals. I am often struck by an absence of purpose, even from students with remarkable talent. So Damon's book truly resonated for me. I once thought that my role with teens was mostly about the "HOW" (i.e getting into college); Damon's book helped me realize that it is my responsibility to help adolescents with the "WHY."I call this book an antidote for the Race to Nowhere, based on a recent film about the pressu [...]

    6. This is a great book for parents, educators, and psychologists. Damon is a developmental psychologist who has done research in the area of child development for a number of years and uses empirical data to support his positions rather than simple argumentation. One of the most interesting aspects of this book from my perspective was its use of terms such as “calling”, “meaning”, and “purpose” in a completely areligious sense. As a researcher, Damon constantly points to the evidence t [...]

    7. An interesting interpretation on the social necessity for purpose in the lives of young people. I thought Damon's four categories for young people (purposeful, dabbling, dreaming, non-purposeful) were particularly insightful. The book serves as a good reminder to any adult that interacts with young people on a regular basis that they are always picking up clues from you, and that young people do not suddenly mature without benefiting from positive attention.

    8. This is a really interesting book for parents of tweens and teens and for educators interested in helping kids find fulfilling interests and careers. While it's a bit dry in parts, it also has some really practical suggestions.

    9. Excellent content, but provides merely a very broad overview. It can therefore be a little boring at times if you already agree with Damon's claim; there is not much new to discover here if you're familiar with the topic.

    10. Thought-provoking book on how to encourage your children to find and follow their passions, to create a meaningful, purposeful life.

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