“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle.
I recently devoured Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms. The book in essence, and excuse the lack of imagination, is literally a guide book onto how to set one’s ambition and soul on fire. In fact, perhaps I should of used a quote that I remember seeing in my High School Student Council days by Arnold H. Glasow “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” So if you are looking for something to inspire, to perhaps a manual kick in the behind to get yourself going, Danielle’s book is definitely on that does it well.
She does a very good job in asking questions that get to the crux of problems. The hesitations embedded within oneself and like your own personal Lucy, talking to the Charlie Brown in all of us. She actually quote’s Aristotle and it’s the one that sticks out in my mind for this reading session.
There is a tendency, a fear that resides in all of us and I just love the quote for the sheer smugness of it entails when highlighting that fact. You don’t want to be criticized? Fine. Do nothing!
Not to mention the quote is from one of history’s foremost thinkers and the weight that people give when you quote “Aristotle”. It’s what a marketer or brander would call as “sexy”. I can definitely see myself including this quote into my arsenal during times of mentoring and guiding others. There is actually quite a number of great associations that she does in this book.
Also, something that I appreciated in this book is the reinforcement of the “asking yourself why 5 times” method that I actually can last remember from reading up on the Six Sigma Methodology; a popular operational method that businesses apply in order to aid in efficiency processes.
When the knowledge that a book provides, spreads across from sound modern managerial methodology to classic truisms; it creates the foundation of a great learning tool for anyone.
Why? Because then you know that the Author is knowledgeable in the field.
Why? Because it further builds the trust that the knowledge you are taking in is indeed useful as it builds upon foundational elements yet innovates the mindset with the Author’s own beliefs and devices.
Why? Because sometimes, reading the same type of material, however basic the principle or teaching is can be just as effective as learning something new.
Why? Because when learning or building a habit or skill repetition is necessary.
Why? Because that is how the learning mind works.
That is how building a business savvy mind works.