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, CE's, 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 becameand you can becomea 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.
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About the Author
Raoul Davis Jr. is a partner at Ascendant Group, which helps CEOs, retired athletes, and executive leaders dramatically increase their visibility in front of their target audience through CEO branding. He is considered one of the foremost experts on CEO and executive branding.
Kathy Palokoff is a founder and partner at goFirestarter, a coaching and consulting company that helps individuals and organizations ignite, fuel, and accelerate their growth and fulfill their passion. She is also a founder and partner at CUSTOMERicity, a creative agency that helps businesses increase revenue through customer-centric marketing and branding.
Paul Eder, PhD has over fifteen years of experience as a strategy and management consultant focusing on optimization of organizational structures and work environments. Paul is certified as both a Project Management Professional and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has presented at top-tier conferences and published peer-reviewed articles and papers on strategic planning, employee performance, and creativity.
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Chapter 1 - WHY WE BECAME CURIOUS ABOUT FIRESTARTERS
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Table of Contents
Section 1 Understanding Firestarters 11
Chapter 1 Why We Became Curious about Firestarters 13
Chapter 2 The Firestarter Framework 19
Section 2 Igniters: What Lights The Fire 39
Chapter 3 Ignition Potential 41
Chapter 4 Freedom in the Moment: Live on Your Terms 44
Chapter 5 Tapped Talent: Use the Gifts You Have 49
Chapter 6 Mastery Mindset: Be Confident in Who You Are 53
Chapter 7 Driving Passion: Do What You Love 58
Chapter 8 Global Introspection: Conquer the Self 63
Section 3 Fuels: What Feeds The Fire 69
Chapter 9 Fueling the Fire 71
Chapter 10 Prestige: Deliver on Your Promise 74
Chapter 11 Opportunity: Own Your Moment 78
Chapter 12 Wealth: Pay It Forward 82
Chapter 13 Luck: Play the Odds 86
Chapter 14 Social Connections: Inspire Loyalty 89
Section 4 Accelerants: What Spreads The Fire 93
Chapter 15 Accelerating Your Fire 95
Chapter 16 Mission-Focused Behavior: Take the Long Road 99
Chapter 17 Collaboration: Inspire Each Other 103
Chapter 18 Constructive Competition: Rise to the Occasion 106
Chapter 19 Sweat Equity: Exert Effort to Overcome Obstacles 110
Chapter 20 Support Seeking: Humble Yourself 114
Section 5 Extinguishers: What Threatens The Fire 117
Chapter 21 Avoiding and Overcoming Extinguishers 119
Chapter 22 Discouragers: Don't Limit Yourself 122
Chapter 23 Fuel Limits: Don't Run Out of Gas 128
Chapter 24 Self-Mismanagement: Don't Be Misguided 133
Chapter 25 Punishers: Don't Let Others Hurt You 137
Chapter 26 Ineptitude: Don't Be Stupid 141
Section 6 Firestarters Tell Their Stories 145
Chapter 27 Innovators Create Things 147
Chapter 28 Instigators Disrupt Things 179
Chapter 29 Initiators Start Things 218
Section 7 Burning Conclusions 249
Chapter 30 Supporting and Extinguishing Firestarters 251
Chapter 31 Understanding Emissions 260
Chapter 32 Why We Need More Firestarters 263
Chapter 33 Our Top Ten List 266
Section 8 Individual And Group Exercises To Ignite Your Life 269
Chapter 34 Developing Your Firestarter Story 271
Chapter 35 The Firestarter Potential Scale 273
Chapter 36 Are You an Innovator, Instigator, or Initiator? 282
Chapter 37 Are You a Supporter or an Extinguisher? 285
Chapter 38 Assessing Your Social Balance 290
Chapter 39 How Key Influences Converge 293
Chapter 40 Four-Dimensional Goals Template 296
Light the Match! 298