Jon Gordon has established himself as one of my favorite writers in this genre. His stories are always interesting enough to hold interest and always manage to teach the lessons intended. THE SEED: FINDING PURPOSE AND HAPPINESS IN LIFE AND WORK is no exception.
First I would like to clearly state, this book is an allegory. Whenever you read reviews of business allegories, you seem to always find critics of the ‘story’. A business allegory isn’t really about the story, it’s about the lessons contained in the story. If you want great literature, read To Kill A Mockingbird. I’m sure Mr. Gordon will be the first to admit Harper Lee was a better story-teller. As a reader, you have to get past reading about a dog turning pages with their nose to land on a particular page. If you can’t do that, then you probably won’t get much out of this book. But if you are interested in reading about the lessons of finding purpose and happiness in life and work, then you will grow from what is contained in this little book.
I wrote a speech once, and I believe someone even wrote a book several years ago about the correlation between life and gardening. The lessons in The Seed follow a similar path. Before you can plant your garden you must first find the right location. This can equate to finding your calling or purpose in life. Then you must prepare the soil, just as in life, preparation is key to success in any endeavor. This is education, reading the right books, attending the right seminars, and learning the right skills. I won’t go through the entire process here, but you see the analogy.
In the story here, young Josh has lost his passion for his position at the marketing firm where he works. His boss gives sends him on a 2 week sabbatical to rediscover his passion and purpose. Yes, I know, bosses don’t really do that, but again, you have to look past the story to find the lessons. Josh and his extremely intelligent dog, Dharma, set out on a journey that will eventually lead him to the answers he seeks. Along the way, he meets a lot of people and encounters mystical events that always seem to point him in the right direction.
I won’t say this was my favorite Jon Gordon book – I’ll save that for The No Complaining Rule – but I did find the story engaging enough to keep me interested and the lessons contained deserve more than just casual consideration. Like all of Mr. Gordon’s books, this one deserves to be read, applied and learned from. This is a quick and easy read and a book that you won’t regret the short amount of time invested.
Monty Rainey is a District Manager with over 14 years in the self storage industry currently overseeing 21 stores in the Austin & San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at http://www.montyrainey.com .