Launching Your Personal Search for Success
Everyone knows that you are supposed to “follow your dream.” But how, exactly, are you supposed to find out what your dream is? And suppose you are a practical, down-to-earth person who simply wants some help figuring out what to do next with your life? What are some simple steps you can take to get started?
G. Richard Shell, an award-winning author and the creator of the popular Wharton School course on the meaning of success, has answers to these and a host of other questions that confront you when you consider how best to use your life. In Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success, he helps you find your future – regardless of your passions, your past experience, or your personality.
His advice: Take an honest look inside and then answer two questions.
What, for me, is success?
How will I achieve it?
You will begin by assessing your current beliefs about success, including the hidden influences of family, media, and culture. Steve Jobs once famously said “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” So Step 1 in your work on success is coming to terms of the expectations others have placed on you. Once you gain perspective on these outside forces, you will be ready to look inside at your unique combination of passions and capabilities. The goal: to focus more on what gives meaning and excitement to your life and less on what you are “supposed” to want.
Drawing on his decades of research and mentoring, Shell offers personalized assessments to help you probe your past, imagine your future, and measure your strengths. He then combines these with the latest scientific insights on everything from self-confidence and happiness to relationships and careers. Throughout, he shares inspiring examples of people who found what they were meant to do by embracing their own true measure of success. You will meet:
- Eric Adler: one of Shell’s former students who walked away from a conventional business career to help launch a revolutionary new concept in public education that has placed hundreds of inner-city high school students in top colleges.
- Kurt Timken: a Harvard-educated son of a Fortune 500 CEO who found his true calling as a hard-charging police officer fighting drug lords in southern California.
- Cynthia Stafford: a California office worker who won the lottery and, instead of getting lost in her new-found wealth, stayed grounded to became one of her community’s leading promoters of theater and the arts.
Get ready for the journey of a lifetime—one that will help you reevaluate your future and envision success on your own terms. Students and executives say that Richard Shell’s courses and executive training programs have changed their lives. Let this book change yours.