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Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Hall , Stephen R. Covey
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (792 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“This masterfully written book will help you understand that words have an inherent power, a force capable of lighting one’s paths and horizons.”

—Stephen R. Covey

 

Aspire! by Kevin Hall is your path to “Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words.” Through stories and linguistics, Aspire! explores eleven words that, when fully understood and put into practice, can help anyone achieve their best and highest self—in goals, relationships, and business. Spencer Johnson, M.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Who Moved My Cheese?, praises  Aspire! for providing “tools we can use to shape new thoughts and beliefs to help us change, and create something better for ourselves and our planet,” while Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box, says, Aspire! has the power to help individuals and teams focus on their true purpose and reach their best and highest aspirations.” 



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“Words have power . . . amazing power! I can’t wait to see the world’s response to Aspire!.”

About the Author

Kevin Hall is a highly sought-after business consultant, speaker, and coach. He was a partner in Franklin Quest, makers of the Franklin Day planner. As vice president of Sales and training, he helped fuel Franklin's worldwide growth. He has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden, and often secret, meanings of words. Kevin is also credited with wordsmithing, and trademarking, the original slogan for the 2002 olympic Winter Games, "Ignite the Fire Within." He has been featured in Forbes magazine, Worth magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Business, and on the Food network.

Kevin and his wife, Sherry, are the proud parents of six children. He enjoys cycling, running, flyfishing, cooking, and reading.


Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061964549
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003100URE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Book on Personal Development February 17, 2010
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I really enjoyed this author's book on personal development which he organized around the meaning of eleven words: Genshai (not treating anyone, including yourself, small), Pathfinder (leader), Namaste (respecting each person's authenticity and uniqueness), Passion (suffering for what you value), Sapere Vedere (visioning), Humility (being teachable), Inspire (breathing life into), Empathy (walking the path of another), Coach (mentoring another), and Integrity (being congruent). He emphasizes that there is much value to be found in drilling down and exploring words, and his book demonstrates this.

Aspire is a quick read chock full of valuable inspirational and motivational information that is not unique, perhaps, but organized in such a way to have more impact than other self-help books. It is also fun to read, filled with stories and excerpts from the author's journal that summarize the chapters for later reviewing. This is a book that is valuable to be purchased in hardback because it is one that you'll read again and again.

Highly recommended.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Two things motivated me to order this book: The title and the over 100 five-star reviews. Although most of the five-star reviews are from first-time amazon reviewers, this is a good book to start with. As to the title, I noticed the life principle (spirit/breath) imbedded in it. The title relates to one's aspirations, those strong desires/goals that drive one's life. I've read numerous books rated to this topic, but this one takes a different approach. As Stephen Covey states in his foreword, "Just as I broke new ground in human development over twenty years ago by uncovering the habits that make for a meaningful and effective life, Kevin is breaking new ground by uncovering and revealing the true intent and meaning of the words that make up those habits."

The text focuses on eleven key concepts or principles embedded in carefully selected words and expounds on them, providing real-life examples of individuals who embody them as well as quotes from well-known authors within the human development field. Like a light saber of highly concentrated energy that cuts through metal, the text cuts through superficial living, helping one focus on the things - and especially people - in one's life that matter most. True to the book's subtitle, the book can't define one's specific life purpose or career choice, but it can help one discover it since its quality should reflect each of the principles found in this book.

I enjoyed the author's personal touch and focus on honoring the people who positively impact one's life. I also appreciated his exposition on suffering and overcoming it with passion and integrity. All true success involves other people, those who have influenced us and those we influence, not only by example but by words.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to be DEVOURED February 6, 2010
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Wow, this book is awesome. It is full of wisdom, inspiration, education, information, empowerment and really great quotes. This is not a book I would have been inclined to pick up on my own--I received it through the Amazon Vine Program and am exceedingly pleased.

Discovering your purpose through the Power of Words is almost an understatement to this book. Will you find your purpose? I don't know, but what I do know is that you will be inspired to find your purpose and will have encouragement to turn to again and again as you struggle through the path.

Each chapter focuses on one word--but what ends up happening is that you learn several words as well as engaging stories, philosophical thoughts, hope, encouragement. It is like the book ignites you to find what is inside of you that you treasure most--and to take action on it.

I can see this book easily rise to best seller status---and remain a book that is studied for years to come.

Every High School Student should read this. And it would be a great book to have discussion meetings about.

And as I side note--the book can be read and devoured in a short period of time--for me it took 1 day. And then you can return to it and savor it over a period of time.

Tami
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Aspire Because... February 16, 2010
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First off: Aspire really inspired me. It's been a long time since a non fiction book has taken me someplace else. But Kevin Hall's little gem managed to take me on a quest and he lead me on a path that I'm thankful for. In fact I read the book twice within a week, which hasn't happened in quit a while.

Second, I found a good deal of Steven Covey's obvious influences in Aspire and in my opinion that is a good thing.

Third, his choice of words put into their historical context. Mr. Hall presents the words and the power they have in helping us understand our potential in an etymological discussion with Arthur.

Genshai ~ Never treat anyone small. If you treat other as "less than" you become small.

Pathfinder ~ Breathing life into the always overused word "Leader". Finding your path is the key to leading others.

Namaste' ~ I salute the divine within you. I especially liked reading about Einstein's question to Gandhi.

Passion ~ Suffering for what you love most. This is another overused word in our culture today. I see it on nearly every "user profile" where they are really trying to impress. What have you sincerely dedicated yourself to? Are you willing to suffer for it? Really?

Sapere Verdere ~ Knowing how to see. My latest favorite movie is Avatar. If you've seen it then you know what it means; "I see you."

Humility ~ Being open to coaching and someone teaching you. This word has been bastardized over time and become synonymous with embarrassment and weakness, nothing could be further from the real meaning. You must be confident and strong to acknowledge and accept mentorship.

Inspire ~ Breathing life into another. Breath, encourage, add to their heart, leave others better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy this book, even though it was recommended to me.
I gave this book away to a friend as I did not enjoy it, at all. I didn't like the "voice" of the author and how he wrote out all of his own thoughts about the concepts in... Read more
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This book is absolutely amazing and by an act of God, came a perfect time in my life. For anyone who feels like they are going through life in circles, this book will halt you in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 👍👍
My favorite book in the world. This is my first book i actually really really really like. I want everyone to know. You should read it to 😊☺️😉
Published 5 months ago by christen
4.0 out of 5 stars One great and thought provoking book.
I am not a big fan of self help or inspirational books. Most make a good point and then repeat themselves for the next 200 pages. This book is not like the others. Read more
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Kevin Hall is a highly sought-after business consultant, speaker, and coach. He was a partner in Franklin Quest, makers of the Franklin Day planner. As vice president of Sales and training, he helped fuel Franklin's worldwide growth. He has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden, and often secret, meanings of words. Kevin is also credited with wordsmithing, and trademarking, the original slogan for the 2002 olympic Winter Games, "Ignite the Fire Within." He has been featured in Forbes magazine, Worth magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Business, and on the Food network.

Kevin and his wife, Sherry, are the proud parents of six children. He enjoys cycling, running, flyfishing, cooking, and reading.

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