What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

by Robert S. Kaplan


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How do you create your own definition of success—and reach your unique potential?

Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Too often, we charge down a path leading to “success” as defined by those around us—and ultimately, are left feeling dissatisfied.

Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success? The truth is, it can seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing—for now—leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path. Is there a road map that will enable you to defy conventional wisdom, resist peer pressure, and carve out a path that fits your unique skills and passions?

Robert Steven Kaplan, leadership expert and author of the highly successful book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror, regularly advises executives and students on how to tackle these questions. In this indispensable new book, Kaplan shares a specific and actionable approach to defining your own success and reaching your potential. Drawing on his years of experience, Kaplan proposes an integrated plan for identifying and achieving your goals. He outlines specific steps and exercises to help you understand yourself more deeply, take control of your career, and build your capabilities in a way that fits your passions and aspirations.

Are you doing what you’re really meant to do? If you’re ready to face this question, this book can help you change your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422189900
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 375,774
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert Steven Kaplan is president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Previously, he was the Senior Associate Dean for External Relations and Martin Marshall Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is the author of three books: What You Really Need to Lead, What You’re Really Meant to Do and What to Ask the Person in the Mirror.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reaching Your Unique Potential 1

1 What You're Really Meant to Do: Getting Started 13

2 Assessing Your Strengths and Weaknesses: Own the Process of Developing Your Capabilities 31

3 Finding Your Passions: Dream the Dream 61

4 Understanding Yourself: The Power of Narrative 83

5 Making the Most of Your Opportunities: Performance and Career Management 109

6 Good Versus Great: Character and Leadership 137

7 The Importance of Relationships: You Can't Do This Alone 165

8 The Road Map: Bringing It All Together 191

Notes 205

Index 207

Acknowledgments 213

About the Author 217

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