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The Power of Purpose: Living Well by Doing Good

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The Power of Purpose begins with a simple but remarkable statement: “The more you focus on helping others, the more you will succeed in reaching your own goals.” Peter S. Temes builds on this fundamental insight to share a simple plan for living with the truest and most enduring kind of happiness.

At the heart of The Power of Purpose are the “three levels of thinking.” At t
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Harmony (first published March 21st 2006)
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Jan 27, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a GREAT book….maybe a little bit scattered in the basic approach and message, but very inspiring! It teaches the importance of living with a purpose. When that purpose is to help others not only will you be so much happier, but you will also be able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and the world. The author teaches the three levels of thinking:
1. The first-level of thinking focuses on asking, “How am I? How do I feel?”
2. The second-level of thinking focuses on aski
Beverly McCall
I found this book to be quite interesting; however, it did not really improve my knowledge in this area. I like the way Peter S. Temes opens the book by exploring what he calls the three levels of thinking. The first level is totally egocentric in that we are only concerned on how things impact ourselves. The second level moves us a bit further from the center ego-centrism to the outer edge by focusing on the perceptions of others regarding ourselves. The last level—the point where we want to re ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very useful and insightful and posted a number of sections on FB to share the insights. The first half to 2/3 spoke more to me than the last pages. The basic premise of the book is there are three levels of thinking

1. getting past asking, "how am I? how do I feel"
2. getting past asking, "how do others see me?"
3. arriving at the most important questions, "how do others see themselves? what are their most important goals?

The commitment statement that leads to success: "I can help
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Apr 16, 2007 Emily Verbeke rated it liked it
This book has interesting ideas that can be applied to almost every situation you encounter. I'm interested in trying to apply some of the concepts in my work with different teams at my school in the fall. Maybe I'll have more feedback after I see how easy it is to apply the information presented. Overall, a decent but not great book.
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a little bit repetitive, but worth the read, because the ideas are sound.
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“The manager who understands what her employees want and need must seldom resort to the authority of the org chart or the paycheck. Taking a third-level approach, the smart manager doesn’t scream the truth, but whispers messages that make others feel strong and successful. Only then are great change and real leadership possible.” 0 likes
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