The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work
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A business fable to help you discover your purpose in work and life

New from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on a quest for the meaning and passion behind work. Josh, an up-and-comer at his company, is disenchanted with his job. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks to decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.

Through Josh's journey cross-country journey, you'll find surprising new sources of wisdom and inspiration in your own business and life.

Nobody captures the deeper meaning of business like Jon Gordon, and The Seed is his most searching and significant book yet. Whatever your profession, take this insightful look at the purpose behind work, and plant The Seed of inspiration in your life!


JON GORDON'S bestselling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp,The Shark and the Goldfish, and Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture. Jon invites you to visit and connect with him at Follow him on Twitter @JonGordon11.


Acknowledgments ix

1 Two Weeks 1

2 Lost 5

3 A Higher Perspective 13

4 Dreams 19

5 On the Road to Find Out 23

6 Home 27

7 Happiness 33

8 Dharma 37

9 College 41

10 The One Song 43

11 Positive Point of View 49

12 Dogs Have a Purpose 55

13 The Restaurant 57

14 Service 63

15 Gifts from the Past 67

16 A New Opportunity 69

17 George 75

18 The Decision 87

19 GPT 89

20 The Purpose Process 91

21 Four Stages of Purpose 97

22 Y-Process 107

23 Stand Out 109

24 Growth 113

25 Tests 117

26 A Dream Remembered 121

27 Overcome 123

28 Making A Difference 125

29 A Name Means Something 127

30 Abundance 129

31 A Season for Everything 135

32 The Harvest 141

Other Books by Jon Gordon 145