The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose
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Purpose Gives a New Impulse, a New Impetus, a New Interpretation to Living

"The Purpose of Power" is a self-help handbook by William George Jordan focusing on power and the role it plays in our relationships and work life. A timeless guide to self-betterment, this volume is not to be missed by those with an interest in improving their mental well-being, and it would make for a fantastic addition to collections of vintage literature. William George Jordan (1864 - 1928) was an American lecturer, editor, and essayist. He is most famous for his self-help books, especially those on the subject of mental training and cognitive improvement. Other notable works by this author include: "Mental Training" (1894), "The Kingship of Self-Control" (1898), and "The Majesty of Calmness" (1900). Contents include: "Power of Individual Purpose," "The Inspiration of Possibilities," "Facing the Mistakes of Life," "When We Forget the Equity," "The Crown of Individuality," "The Optimism That Really Counts," and "The Dark Valley of Prosperity." Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in a modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

About the Author

William George Jordan (1864–1928) was an American editor and essayist. Jordan was born in New York City on March 6, 1864. He graduated from the City College of New York and began his literary career as editor of Book Chat in 1884. He joined Current Literature in 1888 and became its managing editor. In 1891 he left Current Literature and moved to Chicago where he started a lecture program on his system of Mental Training. He returned to Current Literature in January 1894 as its managing editor and then resigned again in August 1886. In 1897 he was hired as the managing editor for The Ladies Home Journal, after which he edited The Saturday Evening Post (1888–89). From 1899 to 1905 he was the editor and vice-president of Continental Publishing Company. He was the editor of the publication Search-Light between 1905 and 1906. On July 26th of 1891 The Chicago Inter-Ocean published an interview with Mr. Jordan where he discussed his thoughts about education and “Mental Training”. After the article was published he received so many requests for information that he scheduled a trip back in October to lecture on the subject.

“There is a tonic strength, in the hour of sorrow and affliction, in escaping from the world and society and getting back to the simple duties and interests we have slighted and forgotten. Our world grows smaller, but it grows dearer and greater. Simple things have a new charm for us, and we suddenly realize that we have been renouncing all that is greatest and best, in our pursuit of some phantom.”
― William George Jordan

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