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Part I: What Is Purpose? > Living “On Purpose”

Chapter 1. Living “On Purpose”

Every once in a while you meet people whose work is inspired. They exude enthusiasm. They appear to genuinely care about what they are doing, the people with whom they work, and the people they serve. They express a joy that seems to come from deep within; it is not forced or superficial. You sense their genuineness and authenticity, and you do not believe they are playing a role.

When you meet such people you realize that their work is consistent with their purpose. You might say they are working “on purpose.” The word work, in this context, is used in the broadest sense, not in the narrowest sense of paid employment. In his book, The Reinvention of Work, author Matthew Fox says it well when he writes:


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