Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge—it takes courage and hard work. We all face questions about what we are meant to be doing with our lives, and we are constantly receiving well-intentioned yet contradictory advice about how to achieve our dreams. 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. Each of us excels at certain activities. 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 another way? 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?
Harvard Business School’s 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 his indispensable new book, What You're Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching Your Unique Potential, Kaplan shares a specific and actionable approach to defining your own success and reaching your potential.
In a series of videos on this blog, Kaplan will be sharing key insights from this book.
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. Written in clear, concise prose, Kaplan’s book discusses the critical issues you need to address in order to reimagine your future and achieve your dreams.
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.