Only one book debuted on the Wall Street Journal business best-seller list this week (July 23-24, p. C14).
The book is entitled Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life (Atria Books, 2016). It entered the list at #7, and has been available since mid-April of this year.
The author is Adam Markel. He is the CEO of Peak Potentials. Over the years, he has trained thousands of people to find new jobs, careers, and directions. In addition to being an author, he is a keynote speaker, real estate developer, entrepreneur, and attorney. Having run his private law practice for more than 17 years, Adam underwent a career change by creating a successful commercial real estate investment firm, title insurance company, and social media start-up. You can read more about him by clicking HERE to find his website.
His website describes the book as follows:
“Adam reveals his top strategies and tools to creating a new path towards your ultimate happiness and fulfillment by finding your big ‘why’ for living. Adam shares powerful and life-changing exercises, declarations and challenges with you, as a way to help you start taking action, releasing negative beliefs and patterns and replacing them with powerful Intentions and daily rituals.”
Markel also publishes a downloadable Pivot Journal, to help you track your progress toward the reinvention of your career and life that you desire.
We have not yet determined if we will present this book at an upcoming First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas. While it qualifies since it is on a national best-seller list, one factor will be whether it maintains its popularity, and appears on other lists. As I am writing this post, the book is at #157 on the Motivation and Self-Improvement business sub-category on Amazon.com.
So, stay tuned as we monitor its progress.
For my final in speech class, I have my students prepare and deliver a two minute speech. It is an easy, short assignment. I’m just checking to see if they’ve learned the basics – how to introduce a speech, how to have a clear thesis, how to have clear, main points in parallel form. I give them a list of topics to choose from, and they all finish this sentence: “I encourage you to____.”
Frequently, I take one of the left-over topics, and present a two minute speech of my own. My favorite is: “I encourage you to develop a life-long travel plan,” closely followed by “I encourage you to be a life-long reader.” Today, I presented a speech on “I encourage you to always aim at self-improvement.” I boiled it down to three life choices:
Choice one: You can succumb to self-stagnation (you stay the same, and go nowhere)
Choice Two: You can be overcome by self-destruction (you actually go backward, and get worse)
Choose Three: You can aim for self-improvement (you can actually get better, in a multitude of ways, over and over again)
I think these are three pretty clear choices. And the best one, to constantly and consistently aim at self-improvement, is a tough assignment.
I just spent a bit of time pursuing this question: when would hiring a coach be a good thing? This was prompted by a little time management coaching I have been providing (don’t laugh — I know, a guy who posts as infrequently on his blog as I have recently needs a litte time management coaching of his own…).
I think this question (when would hiring a coach help?) is part of the overall thrust of this blog. We each have areas to work on — and then, new areas, additional areas to work on. It is never ending! We have more skills to learn. We have more hard skills to master, and soft skills to revisit time and time again. We are not what we need to be. We are not what we could be. We are not what we should be. The call to get better, in every way, is perpetually beckoning.
This is why we read business books, this is way we attend seminars, and this is why we constantly aim for improvement. Because we do not read a book/attend a seminar in order to say that we have read the book or attended the seminar. We do these things to learn, to think, to improve, to… get better.
So, as we wind down 2009, here is a simple question: What have you gotten better at in 2009? And what will you aim to get better at in 2010?