This week’s book of the week is “Find Your Way” by Carly Fiorina. I’ve been a fan of Carly for close to 20 years now. Past CEO of Hewlett Packard and a Republican nominee in 2016, she was one of the few (if not only) that could go toe to toe with Donald Trump on the speaking stage. While I have not always agreed with each of her political stances, I have always admired her leadership, public speaking, and her steadfast ethics.
Early on in the book she speaks of three principles that have been guideposts for her. “Among other things, I learned these key principles:
- Fulfillment is found by first tending to our own souls.
- Decisions that are right for today are those we can look back on without regret for the rest of our lives.
- The burden of other people’s expectation is a weight we can-and should-put down.”¹
We all want to find fulfillment, make the right decisions, and not have to carry unnecessary heavy burdens. We all want to harness our own power. “As you learn to harness the power within you, you will begin to make more sense out of life. You’ll find that you really can patch up the brokenness of your past. You really can find purpose and meaning here and now. You really can make a positive impact on the world for decades to come.”² But how do we get there?
If you’re like me you like to have a plan and know where you’re going. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a little safer and a little more clingy to having a plan of direction. I mean isn’t that what we’re always told? Have a five year, ten year plan, etc.? Which is why someone as successful as Carly I would think that she would always know where she was going. That she was steering the ship with great confidence from port to port. Which is why it surprised me when I read this: “In fact, the very first thing you need to do is become comfortable with a rather disconcerting idea: As you journey toward who you are meant to be, you will not always know where you’re going.”³
Trust. Trust is a difficult thing. We like to have objective goals and know our next outcome. But trust, is something not defined and out of our control. Next we will talk a little more about a completely different outlook on how you look at goal setting that will rattle you and excite you.
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Every week I talk about a book that we’re reading on leadership and self-development. You can follow along by going to the Book of the Week page at the top.