Jon Gordon: The Seed

This book has got some rave reviews on Amazon and it popped up in the recommended reading section for my profile. I was slightly disappointed, though.

The author takes you on a journey together with a man who is low on motivation in his work and is given a two week vacation to get it back. The journey becomes a search for Purpose which the man finds through the help of a mysterious farmer figure in a maze. There’s a little too much mystisicism and spirituality in the book for my taste but that’s not the biggest problem. The problem is that it just lacks depth. I never really felt for the character as he was searching for his Purpose and I didn’t learn very much from the quest either.

Maybe it’s just that I don’t buy the whole premise of each person having a predefined “Purpose”. I believe in Sustainable Quality of Life, which is more of a process or a melody with multiple layers that have to play in tune. I think the whole you-have-a-Purpose line of thinking limits you more than it expands you. That’s why The Seed only gets 2 stars from me.


Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

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