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Purpose Passion and Pajamas: How to Transform Your Life, Embrace the Human Connection, and Lead with Meaning by Genevieve Piturro is a powerful and inspiring guide to help you overcome struggles and begin a journey into a transformative leadership role. Author Piturro felt like a lot of you do in the world when you're dissatisfied with your station in life because you know you aren't fulfilling your dreams and potential. The author was firmly perched on the corporate ladder of success as a TV marketer, but all of that changed when a little girl posed a heartbreaking question that led Piturro to create the Pajama Program, a nonprofit that began in 2001. She never thought that this would be the road she would detour onto, but it has inspired outreach and caring all around the world. This nationally recognized story--from Oprah to the morning shows--is about more than pajamas, it's about heart, and children reading, and answering a call.
This true story is more captivating and entertaining than a work of fiction. Going from corporate to philanthropy wasn't easy, but she met the challenges with determination and grace. I like how the book chronicles the downs as well as the ups. But besides the author telling her own amazing story, she wants to help others identify their gifts, strengths, and purpose, even when it seems impossible or people tell you it can't be done. Given how easy it is for some to fall into depression during the fallout of COVID-19, it's refreshing to hear that there are people like Piturro willing and able to share valuable tips and tools for making a change in not just a career, but in life too. Leadership comes easier to some than others, but this author shows how just being yourself and reaching out with a caring attitude toward others can propel you closer to a leadership role.
The book offers hands-on advice that you can use in your own goal-setting. For example, know that it often takes more than one person to get something done. You can involve like-minded individuals to help you. As a former social worker, I especially appreciate the author's points on listening to your inner voice, treating others with respect, and striving to connect with others. I also like the relevant current examples of race and injustice that the book covers. The author isn't afraid to talk about these things, which makes this a book that can transform your life. My favorite part is where the little girl asks the pivotal question about pajamas. It will probably bring tears to your eyes too. Purpose Passion and Pajamas by Genevieve Piturro is the must-have guide for living and making monumental changes, starting today.