Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life

Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life

by Laura Gassner Otting


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Limitless helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results. This book is like a high energy masterclass and brainstorming session all in one – with actionable tips to transform your vision for your career and doing work with purpose.

What if success doesn’t equal happiness? Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we Lean In – and we still feel incomplete.

This is not a story about failure, but it might as well be. When we don’t define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. How do you break the cycle so that you can be better at work and life?

In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting teaches you how to ignore the rules that created your limits, align your energies and your actions, and do work that really matters so that you can live your best life. Often described as “a kick in the ass surrounded by a warm hug,” Laura brings both tough love and wisdom and offers a no-holds-barred look at what it really takes to get out of your own way and earn your success today.

If you ever dreamed about discovering and crushing that personal goal that is so big and so scary that you’ve only dared whisper it to yourself, this book is the permission you didn’t even know you needed to live into it as only you can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781646870097
Publisher: Ideapress Publishing
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Series: Limitless Series
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 374,373
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laura Gassner Otting helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results. Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. In addition to Limitless, she is also the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose. Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Consonance Crisis 9

Chapter 1 Why We're Stuck 11

Chapter 2 The Value of Questioning Limits 31

Chapter 3 Measuring What Matters 51

Part 2 The Four Elements of Consonance 65

Chapter 4 Calling 67

Chapter 5 Connection 87

Chapter 6 Contribution 103

Chapter 7 Control 119

Part 3 Finding Your Consonance 135

Chapter 8 Changing Your Career 137

Chapter 9 Changing Your Workplace 157

Chapter 10 Changing Yourself 175

Conclusion 187

Acknowledgments 197

Bonus Content 201

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Smart, insightful, life-reorienting...Some books demand your attention. If you are ready to reject conventional definitions of success and bring consonance to your life, invest the time to read this book." - Shawn Achor, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential

"Laura Gassner Otting relieves us of the madness-making, autopilot drive toward other people’s empty definitions of success, and reveals how to get on the path to becoming limitless though consonance, matching ‘what’ we do with ‘who’ we are. Read it, learn it, live it!" - Jonathan Fields, Author of How to Live a Good Life and Founder of Good Life Project®

"For those who long to live a powerful, authentic life, Laura Gassner Otting provides a call to action. Limitless is an inspiring read that's both logical and poetic." - Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Reinventing You

"Let Laura Gassner Otting prove to you, through stories, activities and her own journey, that it’s possible to be and do and have your dream life. The advice she gives is timely, actionable and oh-so-worthwhile. You deserve this gift to yourself.” - Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA. Co-founder of the GET MOMENTUM Leadership Academy

"In Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting reaches into your core. Let her help you figure out what’s making you feel so empty — and more important, how to take real action to find purpose." - Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist

"I’m grateful for Laura Gassner’s Otting’s new book because it encourages us to look deep within to find our purpose and focus on what really matters... Limitless will help you discover that sense of alignment, relevance and belonging in your own heart." - Nido R. Qubein, President, High Point University

"There may not be anyone who knows as much about work with meaning and impact than Laura Gassner Otting. Reading Limitless is like having an extended career counseling session with a straight-talking friend who knows you better than you know yourself." - Marci Alboher, VP and author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life

"…Forget about fulfilling your parents' expectations or sticking with that career you fell into when you graduated, and let Limitless show you the way to living your best work life." -Carol Fishman Cohen, Co-founder of iRelaunch, author of The 40-Year-Old Intern

"For anyone who wants to align 'what' they do with 'who' they are, Limitless is the definitive guide. Laura Gassner Otting takes an acerbic swipe at traditional career advice and replaces it with a practical guide to finding a career and life with purpose, meaning, and consonance." - Diane Mulcahy, author of The Gig Economy, adjunct professor, Babson College

Limitless is a wake-up call to get back on track: your track. Through its examination of consonance, and a reminder to follow that self-defined success that many of us have lost sight of, this book will help you achieve personal maximization in all aspects of your life." - Phil Randazzo, CEO, AmericanDreamU

"Laura deserves all the hugs I could muster for writing Limitless. ... Seriously, read this book and let it change your life." - Richie Norton, bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid

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