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Foreword by John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

Afterword by Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Take control of who you are. Take control of your life. Achieve lasting success.

“The ability to define your identity and path in life is critical for personal and professional development. Stedman’s actionable, inspirational process for individuals to find who they are puts the power in their hands to ...

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Overview

Foreword by John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

Afterword by Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Take control of who you are. Take control of your life. Achieve lasting success.

“The ability to define your identity and path in life is critical for personal and professional development. Stedman’s actionable, inspirational process for individuals to find who they are puts the power in their hands to move toward achieving their goals. The skills he teaches are invaluable to those who have learned them, and his books are at the top of my recommended reading list for the future leaders of our company.”

--Greg Cappelli, Co-CEO, Apollo Group, Inc. (owner of University of Phoenix), Chairman, Apollo Global, Inc.

“Knowing who you are can be your greatest asset for success. Stedman teaches how to understand yourself and apply this knowledge in today’s ever-changing world.”

--Loral Langemeier, bestselling author, speaker, and coach

“Read this book to expand your horizons, to enhance your success, and to embark on your extraordinary life’s journey. Stedman is a master communicator and a powerful teacher.”

--Dr. Nido R. Qubein, President, High Point University; Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Co.

Do you want to be happy? Do you want to succeed? Happiness and success start with becoming clear about who you are and establishing your authentic identity--inside yourself, and then beyond yourself.

First: Discover what personal identity really is, and why it’s so important.
(There’s more to identity than you thought!)

Next: Meet some of the world’s most extraordinary people…see how they found values to live by, found passion and purpose, and linked their identities to their lives in the world.

Then: Learn how you can do it, too, through Stedman’s patented Nine-Step Success Process!

You deserve authenticity, happiness, and success. Start your journey to get them, right here, right now!

In this book, Stedman Graham will show you:

• Why it’s so hard to know yourself--and how to do it anyway

• How your values and attitudes shape your identity

• Why you really can change, no matter what people tell you

• Why we’re all a “work in progress”

• How to be at your best when times are at their worst

• How to choose a dream--and build a team to help you achieve it

• How to find liberation in commitment--in your work, play, and love

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132876599
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 526,923
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stedman Graham is Chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management, marketing, and consulting firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Graham speaks, conducts seminars, and develops programs for businesses and educational organizations worldwide. He is the author of ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen--A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen--Nine Steps to Success, which illustrate his proprietary Nine-Step Success Process, a life management and learning system that teaches you how to organize your personal and professional life around your identity.

Also featuring contributions from Stewart Emery and Russ Hall.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John C. Maxwell xv

Introduction 1
The connection between knowing who you are and success • How to think of your identity as your personal brand • The greatest gift somebody can get as a human being • If you don’t have a strong identity, you don’t have a choice

Chapter 1: You Have a Choice 7
Living with a race-based consciousness • The first step to freedom • Why you need a process for becoming successful • Getting the gift of choice • Taking a deep, hard look at yourself

Chapter 2: Knowing Yourself Should Be Easy. It Isn’t. Why Is That? 23
Are you letting everybody but you decide who you are or should be? • Who do you see when you look in the mirror? • Write a ten-word want ad for yourself • How to become more attractive to others

Chapter 3: What Do Your Personal Values Have to Do with Your Identity? 41
The correlation between your identity and how people relate to you • Why growing up disadvantaged can give you strength • Being different can make you more interesting • How a willingness to change makes you gifted and successful

Chapter 4: Can Your Attitude Affect Identity? 61
Why it’s your decision to be who you are • From college drop-out to #1 entrepreneur under 30 • mophie, kluster, and quirky--Profile in Success

Chapter 5: Can People’s Identity Change? 73
To be successful in any of the roles you take on in your life, you have to fill the role with the spirit of your real self, your passion, and your values • Steve Jobs--Profile in Success • Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice

Chapter 6: Do You Transform Your Own Identity? Or Is It Owning Your Identity That Transforms Your Life? 99
How you always have options and sometimes don’t know it • What matters to you can change over time • How your identity evolves • Why when you bring value to the world around you, you feel good about yourself--you feel successful

Chapter 7: When Identity Must Deal with a Life Crisis 123
Whether change is planned or unplanned, there’s always opportunity for you to prepare for it • How to identify the values that bring out the best in you and live by them • Why, when you are not moving forward, you’re not even standing still; you’re really going backward

Chapter 8: Friendship, Teamwork, and Your Identity 143
Why you will find it’s good for you to be around people who have the same values as you • If you have a dream, you need a team • How the people with whom you connect as you strive toward your success can help you, or can get in your way

Chapter 9: Persistence and Your Identity 157
Come to think of yourself as a work of art in progress • Body by Jake--Profile in Success of a fitness guru • Why you’ve got to have mentors to hang out with who are winners • What to do when people bet against you • How it’s about being loyal to your values and your vision

Chapter 10: Adjustments and Tune-ups for Your Identity 169
The Wizard of Oz and You • Why the successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn’t like to do • How it happens that as you become clear about who you are and show it to the world, opportunities for success will start to find you

Chapter 11: Bringing It All Together--Committing to Your Vision 185
The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating--in work, in play, in love • Lessons in success and transformation from a North Vietnam prisoner-of-war camp • Your Nine-Step Success Process

Afterword by Stephen R. Covey 199

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    VERY Insightful

    Wonderful book to truly understand oneself and a positvie framework for getting best out of life. The personal stories created realistic human experiences that fostered the hope that all things are possibe, if you believe.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Brilliant!

    Thanks Stedman for providing cutting edge ways to be succesful.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    You're kidding, right? $21 for an ebook, yet only $14.74 for th

    You're kidding, right? $21 for an ebook, yet only $14.74 for the hardcover?

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    Posted September 21, 2012

    Really ??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Surprisingly good read

    This is an insightful look at our attitudes. It helps keep our delusions from getting in the way of success.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 10, 2012

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    I find myself interested in the art of Wa. This book appears to

    I find myself interested in the art of Wa. This book appears to be one that will help me to understand myself privately, publicly, academically, and work wise. I haven't read it yet but am interested to see if it will approach the effects reputation plays as well as offer advice in throwing off a little identity wise in order to protect oneself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Bad, bad aweful book : highly recommended to low information Americans

    A silly, passe self help book: like something Oprah would recommend, but worse. I wish I could have the last couple hours of my life back.

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