I must admit Reinvention: Changing your life, your career, your future by Arlene Dickinson, this month in our Leadership Book Club was a quick read – the mixture of stories and ideas had me bursting through the content.
Some people in our group found it hit a sweet spot – opening up a conversation they had been itching to have about what really mattered to them, and how they could get more of that in their day to day life (both at work and personally). Others found,it may be easy to read this book without doing the hard work that comes next…
the deep dive into your past, the common threads through your life, exploring who you are, and having the courage to peel back the layers to get to the core of the matter: your unique purpose. This is no small task – and certainly not for the faint of heart or easily distracted.
Would love to know your thoughts on the book – as well as the following questions – in the comments below (and/or feel free to use them with your own book club group):
- What do you hope people will remember about you? What legacy do you want to leave? Are these currently guiding your decisions & time? What lines will you not cross? (Core purpose)
- What are the unique capabilities and skills you can offer? How can these be best used to reinforce your Core Purpose? In what context would they be maximized? (Currency)
- How authentic and self-aware are you? Do you feel like you have ever had to ‘wear a uniform’ (conform to expectations) to be successful?
- Do you have sabotagers disguised as allies in your life who you need to get rid of – those who leave you feeling drained not energized? Do you have a list of ‘life rafts’ (mentors, experts, cheerleaders) in your backpocket – those who will encourage but also hold you accountable?
- What (if anything) is currently holding you back – perfection, need to please others, risk, fear, age, failure, abilities?
<Next Book: The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene. I hope you join us!>>
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