What would you rather have—conventional success or a high level beyond success?
Dan Clark, one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers and leadership trainers, vehemently opposes the conventional wisdom about success. He believes it’s tragic and superficial to build our careers and personal lives around getting more money, bigger houses, cooler toys, and fancier job titles.
What’s it all worth in the end? How many outwardly successful people still feel empty inside?
Clark has spent decades traveling around the world, interviewing the famous and powerful; consulting with presidents and generals and sheikhs and corporate leaders; creating a multimillion-dollar business; and (before any of the above) overcoming a paralyzing injury. All those experiences have convinced him that the happiest people in the world don’t pursue success at all. Instead, they pursue significance—and find that success comes along as part of the package.
What’s the difference between success and significance? As you’ll learn in this powerful, myth-shattering book . . .
The successful get what they want; the significant want what they get.
The successful think wealth flows to them; the significant know that wealth flows through them, to bless those around them.
The successful earn financial independence, influence, and popularity; the significant earn financial independence, influence, popularity, admiration, loyalty, and respect.
The successful compare themselves against others; the significant compete only against themselves.
The successful are quickly forgotten when they die; the significant leave a long-lasting legacy.
Clark shows us how it can be done by following his Twelve Laws of Significance, which include counterintuitive ideas such as “Patience is overrated—it allows us to never begin,” “It’s not all about team—teams lose,” and “Don’t strive for work/life balance—it’s about harmony.”
He illustrates his ideas with a wide range of powerful true stories from business, education, the military, and sports—starting with his own story of fighting his way back from a serious injury that cut short his football career. Paralyzed both physically and emotionally, Clark began his recovery only when he started to focus on purpose rather than on goals; on being whole rather than famous; on serving others rather than seeking praise. In the long run, that accident was the greatest gift he ever received, setting him on a lifelong path toward true significance.
Clark’s wisdom will stimulate your intellect, challenge your beliefs, and penetrate your heart. By following his Laws of Significance, you will learn to connect your head and heart, manage your priorities, and live an extraordinary life that matters to your family, friends, coworkers, community, and country.
Is Clark’s latest a self-help book, a leadership book, or perhaps an all-round feel-good tome? In fact with all of the author’s (Puppies for Sale) personal accounts, family stories (particularly regarding his father), insights, and even a poem, Chicken Soup for the Soul might be the first thing to come to mind. The book is meant to be transformational, designed for readers “who want to achieve game-changing results.” Clark hopes readers will progress from wanting to be Successful to wanting to be Significant. For Clark, success is “getting what you want and finding happiness on a superficial level,” while significance is “a higher state of happiness and fulfillment beyond the merely successful,” where you understand that “being is more important that having.” But don’t expect philosophical arguments or theological sermons here. The book is mostly rhetoric and stories, passionately told, many coming from sports and the military. Agent: Nina Madonia, Dupree/Miller & Associates. (Mar.)
DAN CLARK is an internationally recognized Hall of Fame professional speaker and the bestselling author of twenty books on leadership, management, team building, humor, story power, public speaking, and self-mastery. He is a CEO, a consultant, a university professor, an adventurer, a songwriter, a philanthropist, and a community activist. He lives in the mountains outside Salt Lake City and with his wife has raised four significant children.