Book Review: The Purpose Paradigm

Note: This is a review of the book The Purpose Paradigm by Laura Simms. I do not receive any money from the sale of the book. It’s a fabulous book that taught me a lot, and I know you’ll love it too!

This week I had the pleasure of receiving an advance copy of the latest ebook from one of my favorite career coaches, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned.

The Purpose Paradigm: A Primer on Your New Career is the brand new ebook from Laura Simms of Create As Folk. You may already be familiar with Laura’s message of finding the bigger meaning in your career and how it serves you and the world.

I’d say about 75% of my clients are at a point in their lives where they want to change careers, start their own businesses, or find greater meaning in their work.

How about you?

Laura discusses the longing inside each of us to do work that matters…and get paid doing it. This was not the dream of our mothers’ generation, who were content to just be a part of the workforce and out of the home. This is also known as “The Boomer Blueprint,” where they chose a profession, attended college, got a job, and stayed with the same company for 40 years.

Women of today want more out of their careers. As Laura says, “We want to create and earn.”

The Purpose Paradigm offers a plan to help you “bridge the gap between making a living and making a life.” Finally!

Many of you are familiar with the college/career gap: that we go to college to earn a degree that we never end up using once we enter the workforce. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to use my degree (happily) for nearly 10 years before my priorities changed.

Now we’re looking for purpose-driven work that can’t be contained within the confines of a specific college degree, and Laura writes that there are 9 fundamental elements of purpose-driven careers.

The elements that resonate the most with me are self-expression and ownership. I want to be as goofy and real as I want to be, and I love knowing that Sage Grayson Coaching is my company and I’m responsible for its success. There’s a quiz in the ebook to help you figure out which of the elements are most important to you and where your current career may be lacking.

So what is the purpose paradigm? Laura breaks it down by comparing the old paradigm (The Boomer Blueprint) with the new paradigm (purpose-driven). For example, the old paradigm states that “You work all your life and then retire so you can enjoy it,” while the new paradigm states that “You enjoy life as you go and don’t delay rewards.”

It’s really eye-opening! I highly recommend this book for women who are searching for something more in their careers…even if they’re not sure what that something is yet.

On a side note, this book is such a pleasure to read not only for the uplifting content but for the beautifully designed layouts. Anyone familiar with Create As folk will recognize the cool blues, grays, and whites that make you feel like you can relax, breathe, and let the information wash over you.

I wish all business books were this soothing and hopeful.

Are you ready to find purpose in your career?

Click here to get your copy of The Purpose Paradigm.

In the comments below, share your thoughts on purpose-driven work and your intentions for your career.