The Big Picture

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Christine B. Whelan

What am I going to do with my life?

Young adults want their next steps to be in line with their passions, but according to new national survey data, they haven’t figured out what those are yet: Only 36% of 18–24 year olds say that the career path they have chosen is aligned with their life purpose.

Enter The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life, the first small-steps program for young adults to uncover their personal sense of purpose.

Created by the leading authority on self-help research, and reviewed by more than 600 college students, Dr. Christine B. Whelan’s The Big Picture is a guide to figuring out what matters—and how to make it happen—by embracing a purpose mindset and connecting to something bigger. It helps readers to harness their talents, interests, and values to take action, address problems, create solutions, and touch the lives of others.


“An inspiring picture of what purposeful living can be all about.” —Richard Leider

“The perfect guide.” —Deepak Chopra

“Everything young people need to figure out what to do with their lives.” —Pepper Schwartz


To see what young people have to say about The Big Picture, check out these videos:



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