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On Purpose Lessons in Life and Health from the Frog, Dung Beetle, and Julia When Vic Strecher Lost His Daughter, Julia, To A Rare Heart Disease, His World Ended Only It Didn T Vic S Wife, Jeri, And Older Daughter, Rachael, Were Still Very Much Alive, As Were His Two Demanding Careers What Did End Was His Worldview One Based On Long Held Assumptions And Beliefs About Life, Death, Disease, Health, Risk, And Ultimate Purpose Subjects On Which He Had Been Writing And Speaking For Years But The Validity Of Which He Now QuestionedVic S Experience Of Being Broken Open To Take Bestselling Author Elizabeth Lesser S Phrase Set Him On A Life Transforming Journey Through Ancient And Modern Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Neuroscience, And Egyptology Along The Way, Vic Was Introduced To An Unlikely Role Model A Six Legged Superhero Whose Unique Relationship With A Ball Of Excrement Forever Altered Vic S Outlook A Self Help Guide, College Lecture, Confessional, And Time Travel Adventure All Rolled Into One, On Purpose Uses A Beautiful, Fantasy Fueled, Graphic Novel Format To Tell A Story Of Self Discovery And Personal Growth You Ll Never ForgetFrom The Foreword Writing This Book Has Given Vic Strecher A Powerful Sense Of Meaning Reading It May Do The Same For You It Did For Me The Light Drives Out The Darkness And We Can Experience Our World Anew, Filled With Pleasure, Joy, And Meaning Dean Ornish, MD


About the Author: Victor J. Strecher

Vic Strecher, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a professor at the University of Michigan s School of Public Health and its Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship For over two decades, Vic has been a leader and visionary in the fields of health and well being, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology A noted researcher and successful entrepreneur, Vic has cultivated a passion for connecting academic research to practical applications In 1998, Vic created Health Media, pioneering web based digital health coaching The company set a new benchmark for scalable lifestyle and condition management program delivery Health Media was acquired by Johnson Johnson in 2008 In late 2014, Vic founded JOOL Health Inc as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of well being while offering organizations ainsightful means to support positive, healthy change Vic and his work have recently appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, WIRED, The Chicago Tribune, and at TEDMED and TEDx events He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Jeri.



10 thoughts on “On Purpose Lessons in Life and Health from the Frog, Dung Beetle, and Julia

  1. says:

    Devastating and profound Be ready to cry a lot.


  2. says:

    Interesting premise, fair to middling delivery.


  3. says:

    Not what I thought it would be Better.


  4. says:

    The book is impressive on many counts It is a graphic novel, stunningly illustrated by Kody Chamberlain The book stands on its own, although it has a companion piece written in atraditional vein Both books revolves around and are propelled by Strecher s gut wrenching experience of losing his daughter, Julie Paralyzed by grief, he spent a great deal of effort coming to grips with his loss before returning to his active life as an academic During his many months of active mourning, Vic The book is impressive on many counts It is a graphic novel, stunningly illustrated by Kody Chamberlain The book stands on its own, although it has a companion piece written in atraditional vein Both books revolves around and are propelled by Strecher s gut wrenching experience of losing his daughter, Julie Paralyzed by grief, he spent a great deal of effort coming to grips with his loss before returning to his active life as an academic During his many months of active mourning, Vic Strecher studied the work of artists, scientists, thinkers and philosophers from ancient to current times Aristotle, Socrates, Seneca, Nietzsche, Camus, Kierkegaard, Shaw, Mozart He devoured their work in an effort to stay afloat, to find meaning and purpose in life That journey transformed him and his work He now calls upon others, including the many who helped him on his journey, to identify, find, and adopt purpose In order to drive home his point, he wears his heart on his sleeve, calls upon Julia to inspire him, and works to ensure that that the death of his daughter 6 years ago, at age 19, was not in vain Her life, her energy, and the love they shared inform almost everything he says and does.Through the course of mourning, while reading voraciously, he looked to find out what, if anything, was the purpose in, essentially, repeatedly pushing the rock up the hill, knowing it will only roll back down He discovered that Albert Camus, the French existentialist and Nobel laureate, posited that Sisyphus DID have a purpose in life Pushing that rock up the hill WAS his purpose nevermind that he d need to repeat the task everlastingly In considering Sisyphus, Strecher stumbled on a parallel the dung beetle, too, occupies itself forever in what seems a thankless, purposeless task Its life long occupation is to form and then roll a ball of dung to its destination It is notable that farmers import dung beetles to help nourish their land, rather than use other methods that might bring unpleasant consequences In a curious, additional note, Strecher informs us that the dung beetle is always guided by the North Star It is the only creature on earth that navigates by the stars Using the dung beetle as his wise protagonist, Winston, Strecher learns and teaches his readers to apply the same lessons to their own lives People with purpose are happier and healthier than those without People with purpose live longer These are incontrovertibly appealing goals Stretcher was already an accomplished behavioral scientist, teaching at the University of Michigan s School of Public Health, when he lost his daughter Though her death hit him hard, it wasn t entirely unexpected She had her first heart transplant when she was less than a year old Her second heart transplant occurred 9 years later Before that second transplant, the doctors gave her up for dead By some miracle, she came back to life.Stretcher likes quoting her Shortly before dying in her sleep, of a heart attack , she said I m so happy I could die right now In some respects, those words represent a kind of mission accomplished validation Her parents had long struggled with how they might ensure that they helped give their daughter a life worth living Clearly they did And now, in turn, she helps them


  5. says:

    This is a profound book, and don t let the format fool you publishing this as a graphic novel was an inspired choice The visuals actually add depth and complexity, bringing the ideas to life in a new and different way It can be read in an hour, but deserves to be thought deeply about over time and put into practice over a lifetime.I have heard Vic Strecher speak on this topic, and worked with him as a presenter for a training program I ran a couple of years ago He is genuine, creative, and This is a profound book, and don t let the format fool you publishing this as a graphic novel was an inspired choice The visuals actually add depth and complexity, bringing the ideas to life in a new and different way It can be read in an hour, but deserves to be thought deeply about over time and put into practice over a lifetime.I have heard Vic Strecher speak on this topic, and worked with him as a presenter for a training program I ran a couple of years ago He is genuine, creative, and passionate about helping people find their purpose I can t recommend this book strongly enough


  6. says:

    A simple book, but nonetheless full of many truths worth remembering The author s resilience in the wake of tremendous loss is a powerful reminder that if we remain focused on the meaning in our lives we can overcome anything The illustrations are also a real treat.


  7. says:

    Loved the book and even the format despite having never read a graphic novel before I just wish that the book wentin depth it felt like it just scratched the surface It was a great introduction but I wish there was a sequel that delved further.


  8. says:

    This was my first graphic novel Certainly makes it easier to convey his message I found the novel enlightening in certain areas but hard to understand some of the psychological concepts Overall a sad tone as he was really working through a tough personal situation.


  9. says:

    Please don t think that because this is a graphic novel that it is not profound Read it, and reflect on your own purpose int life.


  10. says:

    This was a great book with wonderful takeaways Also enlightened me to what a graphic novel really is


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