We all eventually ask ourselves the question, "Am I making a difference?" We want our lives to have meaning. We want to contribute through our work, our family relationships, and our interaction with others in our community. But just as an airline flight attendant will tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others, getting your own life together is the first step to making a positive impact on the world around you. In this new book, Franklin Covey cofounder Hyrum Smith shows that achieving a meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful life is a straightforward process. He identifies three root causes of stress, dissatisfaction, and pain, which drain the energy we need to make a difference: the gaps between where we are and where we want to be. The first is the Beliefs Gap: the gap between what we believe to be true and what is actually true. The second is the Values Gap: the gap between what we value most in life and what we actually spend our life doing. The third is the Time Gap: the gap between what we plan to do each day and what we actually get done. Using inspiring true stories of people who have overcome difficult challenges, the author offers a practical blueprint that we all can use to close each of these three gaps in our personal and work lives. He shows how this will result in the inner peace so necessary in dealing with the chaos in the world today. Smith provides the concepts and the tools to move from the life you currently have to the life you really want.
Hyrum W. Smith is a distinguished author, speaker, and businessman. He is the cofounder and former Chairman and CEO of Franklin Covey and the cofounder of 3Gaps, a personal and organizational training company. He is also the author of several nationally acclaimed books, including The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, What Matters Most, and You Are What You Believe.
Richard Godfrey was from 1990 to 1993 Professor of Medicine at Moi University in Kenya, and has had overseas consultancies in Kenya and Zambia. Until 2002 he was Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Southampton University Hospitals, and at present works with Medical Emergency Relief International in programmes concerned with tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa.
If you want to quickly and effortlessly close the gaps from where you are to where you want to be, read this book and apply it now!
Mark Victor Hansen, cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, whose books have sold 500 million copies
Rarely are such profound principles taught with such simplicity and accessibility. Every work group should read and apply this message.
Catherine Hormats, entrepreneur and cofounder of Social Security Advisors
To successfully manage a team, employees, or a family, we all must first manage ourselves. That is the great lesson of The 3 Gaps; and the great gift is that Mr. Smith so clearly tells us how.
Michelle Baron, award-winning producer/writer of worldwide family entertainment
The 3 Gaps is a simple yet profound book that will enable you to live a better, more fulfilling life and have a positive impact on everyone around you.
Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust