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How to Begin

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How to Begin

Start Doing Something That Matters

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Embark on an ambitious, inspiring personal challenge to make a difference for yourself and your community.


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  • Inspiring

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Answer the call to your inspiration and start working on your “worthy goal” – one that excites you, but also slightly terrifies you, one that fulfills you, but also gives more than it takes. In this practical and compelling text, author and entrepreneur Michael Bungay Stanier offers his “How to Begin” process to help you jump-start your journey. His sensible advice and easy-to-follow exercises guide you as you work toward your goal, but also help you pinpoint what might be holding you back from crossing the finish line. Let Stanier challenge you to unlock your greatness.

Summary

Unlock your ambitions to make a difference in your life and in the world around you.

Happiness seldom comes from obtaining status and financial success. Mostly, it comes from living a full life and doing things that matter. Tap into your ambitions and stretch your capabilities to take on worthwhile challenges. Channel your talents and ambitions to enhance not just your life, but also those of others. For example, chair a team dedicated to a worthy project, discover a new technology, start a podcast or volunteer in your community.

Directing your ambition proves difficult without having a clear idea about how to start. You need a reliable process – one that helps you clarify your goals, however big or small, and commit to achieving them. The “How to Begin” process offers you practical and reliable steps that help you:

  • Set a “worthy goal” that excites you but also positively serves the bigger community.
  • “Commit” to your goal, but also recognize the risks and sacrifices you must make.
  • “Cross the threshold” by starting small, envisioning yourself at your best and engaging others on your journey.

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About the Author

Michael Bungay Stanier is a best-selling author, public speaker, coach and founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps clients transform cultural behavior within their organizations.


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