Praise for The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling in Life

“This brilliant, involving investigation of the “failure to launch” phenomenon is essential reading for anyone involved in educating, counseling, and directing today’s youth.”
—Libarary Journal

“William Damon’s The Path to Purpose is both timely and a work of great scholarship and passion. In my opinion, it is sure to enlighten parents and educators who are guiding young adults through the tumultuous years of adolescence.”
—Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

“The Path to Purpose examines one of the most important personal and social issues of our time, and does so with a rare mix of sound data, compelling theory, practical recommendations and engaging prose. This is a must-read for parents, teachers, civic and religious leaders, and anyone who cares about the fate of the rising generation.”
— Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and A Hidden Wholeness

“William Damon has long been the expert I most trust on moral development. Now he has taken on one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of development — the sense of purpose without which children are unproductive and unengaged. With deep humanity, Damon provides words and facts we can use to address a problem many of us only dimly sense. He gives us reason for alarm, but he also gives us tools with which we can all contribute to the solution. He — and the purposeful youths he profiles — inspire us to teach, parent, or mentor in ways that can help more young people find their own sense of purpose.”
—Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

“With The Path to Purpose, William Damon again demonstrates why he is a master of the big idea. Stunning both in its depth, and its practical applications, this book will change how families, schools, and communities raise our nation’s children.”
—Peter Benson, PhD, President and CEO of the Search Institute

“If you are a parent, a teacher, or a policy maker, this is the book to read. Damon socks the crucial problem of our youth—purposelessness—right in the jaw, and offers us a way out.”
—Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

“THE PATH TO PURPOSE is a beautiful and important book. William Damon takes on one of the most hidden and yet important elements of child development today. He provides warm insight and clear practical advice. I highly recommend this book to parents and caregivers of both boys and girls.”
—Michael Gurian, Author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

“William Damon’s compelling vision of and landmark research about the role of purpose in the positive development of youth provide parents, educators, and policy makers with the tools to effectively promote thriving among the diverse young people of our nation and world. The scholarly insight and wisdom in this book make it an essential resource for the efforts of families and communities to support the quest of youth to find deep personal meaning, happiness, and contributions of social value in their lives.”
—Richard M. Lerner, Ph.D., Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University

“As a leading authority on meaning and moral development, Damon writes a timely and important book on one of our most pressing social issues—how to instill a sense of purpose in the lives of children. Damon gives us a fresh and useful way to look at both education and character development. This book is for parents and all who care about our young people.”
—Dr. Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Writing to Change the World

“Have you ever wondered how young people can avoid cynicism, and learn to focus on the long haul rather than on immediate gratifications? In this original and timely book, William Damon introduces us to youths with a sense of purpose and shows how such a sense can be nurtured.”
—Howard Gardner, author of Five Minds for the Future