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Cool Contest: Win 1 of 10 Free Copies of The Purpose Effect

Hi there,

PurposeEffect_3DOver at Goodreads, my fabulous publisher, Elevate Publishing, is giving away fifteen free copies of my next book, The Purpose Effect.

The only thing you have to do is click a button to enter. Simple. Easy. (at least click by May 11)

But over here at the worldwide headquarters of ‘dp‘ … I’m giving away 10 signed copies of the book with a little wrinkle. There’s a twist. Are you ready?

Ever since publishing my first book, Flat Army, I’ve become possessed by the concept of purpose. What I have realized (as you will hopefully read in the book) is that there are three categories of purpose:img_0017-1

  • Personal
  • Organizational
  • Role

This handy diagram might help. (after all, it is the basis of the book)

But, what I also discovered through my research, thinking, interviewing and writing … is that it all starts with you. It starts with personal purpose.

In order to gain entry to the contest (to win a free/signed book), I’m asking that you share your “personal declaration of purpose” statement in the comment field below.

Don’t have one?

That’s ok. There is no time like the present to think about a one or two-line sentence that describes how you choose to operate your life. This is your “personal declaration of purpose.”


We’re not here to see through each other; we’re here to see each other through.

As I am an educator, I’d also like to ask our three goats (the children) to help in the final judging of the ten best purpose statements. That way, I can help them see the importance of such a statement and such an action to take in life. (And don’t worry, these statements can change over time – there is no perfect one, or perfect answer.)

Deadline: May 8, 2016 6:00pm Pacific Timezone

I will announce the winners on May 9 in this space.

My many thanks in advance for sharing. I look forward to reading your submissions.



PS. Need some inspiration? You can watch my TED Talk on the topic of purpose.



  • Olga Vtorushina / 3 May 2016 8:17

    We are not here to know what to learn – we are here to learn what to know. (Inspired by your purpose and the life work of Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner).

  • Elaine Carr (@CarrElaine) / 3 May 2016 8:20

    Always seeking to grow and improve in who I am and what I do. A big part of that growth and improvement is growing closer to God.

  • Brian / 3 May 2016 9:47

    My Primary Life Purpose.
    To create a world of people in peaceful pursuit of contentment and their own inner peace while coaching and managing others to achieve their potential to the full extent that they wish to, while always manifesting my caring and cheerful outlook on life.

    That guided me all through my work life. Now my life is a little simpler and the purpose is also.
    It is to help others to the extent that I can and that they are willing and able to accept.

    • Brian / 5 May 2016 3:57

      Oops. My purpose these days is:

      To help others to help themselves to the extent that I can and that they are willing and able to accept.

      The missing words are important … to help themselves. Sorry for the error and confusion.

  • Angela Alini / 3 May 2016 3:49

    World domination isn’t going to fly here is it???;)

  • Taruna Goel / 3 May 2016 4:26

    I never had a doubt about the importance of having a purpose in personal and professional life. My purpose reflects my entire being. But when I read your post, I realized I have never written my purpose statement. So, I sat myself down and wrote it. My purpose:

    To live mindfully, explore curiously, learn openly, engage intentionally, connect authentically, share generously, impact positively.

    Fueled by this purpose, I can truly be who I am and make a real difference.
    I am sure I will tweak it as I learn and grow. Your book might be just the tool I need at that time 🙂

  • Airlie / 3 May 2016 9:41

    My personal declaration of purpose:

    I’m here to help.

  • Bill Carrier / 4 May 2016 11:27

    Dedication to my Self-Work Empowers Connection to Others To Bring Joy to the World.

  • Shane Baetz / 4 May 2016 12:50

    Build bridges but dream of sailing. When ready to depart and once you’ve landed on new shores, burn your boats (not the bridges).

  • Cameron Bales / 4 May 2016 1:10

    I work to let all diabetics keep their feet

  • Anna Sage / 4 May 2016 5:02

    My unique life purpose is to live my life mindfully to my fullest potential, thereby enriching the lives of those around me. I live an abundant life, sharing my knowledge and expertise with others and receiving abundance in return.

  • RW_in_DC / 6 May 2016 9:53

    Modeling successful systems and attempting to improve dysfunctional ones.

  • Marie-Louise Collard / 7 May 2016 1:25

    To question what I see and do without fear, encourage and nurture open and honest dialogue, even if different– whether at home, at work or just through living.

  • Gail Markin / 7 May 2016 5:00

    To live and teach happiness, respect for all,the expectation of good and the calm resilience to move through the rest.

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