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Preventing 'Failure to Launch': Is Service a Path to Purpose?

Publication Authors: 
William Damon

Damon discussed his recently published book, the PATH TO PURPOSE, which takes readers inside the minds of disengaged and drifting kids and exposes the depth of their confusion and anxiety about what they should do with their lives. He tells us that our emphasis on superficial, short-term success is creating a generation of young people who lack confidence and direction as they try to define their futures. He then talks to some inspired young people who are thriving and identifies nine key factors that have made the difference for them. 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.