Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life

Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633883475
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 1,182,511
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

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

Notes 299

Index 317

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