Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life
Based on interviews with entrepreneurs and leaders in many walks of life, this self-help book gives readers the tools for finding success in their careers, businesses, organizations, and private lives. What is the difference between those bold enough to pursue their dreams and others who never get comfortable enough to ignite their lives? The doers are "Firestarters" and, because of them, the world is a much different, and often, better place. This motivational how-to book provides insights into the crucial difference between people who make things happen and those who only think about making an impact. Based on research from many disciplines and interviews with professionals at the top of their fields, Firestarters creates a complete roadmap to achieve personal success and make an impact in the world. The heart of the book features stories about successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, organizational leaders, and forward-looking thinkers from a variety of professions. They describe the factors and conditions that ignited their lives and helped them become achievers. Some are known to the public; others will be completely new. But all the stories demonstrate how they became--and you can become--a Firestarter. The authors provide pragmatic advice on how individual readers can ignite the qualities that will lead them toward pursuing and realizing their dreams. Self-assessment exercises, checklists, and other tools will help readers apply Firestarter insights to their own lives. Also included are group exercises and discussion guides so the book can be used in business and nonprofit settings to develop the skills that help companies grow. Whether you're an individual seeking ways to realize personal ambitions or a leader trying to motivate your team, you'll benefit from the Firestarter methods featured in this inspirational book.
"Add this book to your library! Firestarters gives you a smart new way to achieve positive behavioral change that will improve your life and the world around you." --Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times-bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There "Powerful . . . it helps us see the 'firestarter' in each of us and in the people around us. Now we know better what it takes, how to proceed, and who to engage in the pursuit of our big goals." --Sharon Kelly Hake, CEO, Great Dames "I recommend this book for anyone hoping to become a catalyst for change and learn tangible steps to navigate challenging environments and complex situations." --Merhawi Redda Tamrat, global product team leader at Google "Oftentimes innovators get stuck in the conceptual stage and never get to market. Firestarters provides meaningful strategies on how to transition from thought to action." --Fenorris Pearson, former VP of global consumer innovation for Dell and author of How to Play the Game at the Top "Firestarters makes a convincing case that there is a science to the success of the many innovators, instigators, and initiators that shape our world." --Steve Pemberton, global chief diversity officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance and author of A Chance in the World "We have all met Firestarters. We see their accomplishments and wonder how we can get there. Well, this book not only analyzes what makes them tick; it gives concrete steps as to how we can join their ranks!" --Dr. Jennifer Ellis, senior cardiac surgeon at MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute
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