The Resource The path to purpose : helping our children find their calling in life, William Damon

The path to purpose : helping our children find their calling in life, William Damon

The path to purpose : helping our children find their calling in life
The path to purpose
Title remainder
helping our children find their calling in life
Statement of responsibility
William Damon
"Drawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study, William Damon - one of the country's leading writers on the lives of young people - 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."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
Dewey number
index present
LC call number
LC item number
D36 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
The path to purpose : helping our children find their calling in life, William Damon
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-202) and index
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1. Young Lives Adrift -- 2. Why Purpose Is Crucial for Thriving Throughout Life -- 3. Who Is Thriving and Who Is Not Yet on Course? -- 4. Profiles In Purpose -- 5. Beyond a Culture of Short Horizons -- 6. Parenting for Purpose -- 7. A Culture of Purpose for All Young People -- Appendix. Questionnaire from the Youth Purpose Study
Control code
24 cm
1st Free Press hardcover ed
xv, 217 p.
System control number
  • rm23307535
  • (OCoLC)184906107

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