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Power of Uniqueness, The Paperback – February 1, 2002

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"You can be anything you want to be."

Don’t let that lie rob you of your energy and purpose in life!

You may function adequately at a job, even forge an impressive career--but unless what you do is lit by an inner fire, you’re just getting by. Because the truth is, you were created with an indelible, highly personal pattern of innate giftedness and motivation. Arthur Miller calls it your Motivated Abilities Pattern, or MAP, and it’s nothing you learned. It’s something you were born with, the thing that makes you tick and determines your successes and failures.

In this revolutionary book, Miller invites you to explore concepts far different from anything you’ve ever read in a career development guide. Drawing on nearly 40 years’ experience analyzing the achievements of over 50,000 people, Miller uncovers a discovery about human nature that can literally change your life. If you feel frustrated and unmotivated by your present occupation--if you’ve spent months and even years wondering what to do with your life--this book can steer you in new directions that pack incredible returns.

About the Author

Arthur F. Miller Jr. is the founder of People Management International, Ltd. An author , a speaker and presenter at numerous national and regional conferences and workshops, he has served as the director of personnel at the University of Chicago’s Argonne facility and as director of industrial relations for Raytheon. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

William Hendricks is a freelance writer, coauthor of numerous books, and founder of The Hendricks Group, which specializes in pinpointing the motivational strengths and makeup of individuals. He lives in Dallas, Texas.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310242886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310242888
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since the 1960's Arthur F. Miller has authored and co-authored books on inborn giftedness. The topics of his books come from the research and development of the System for Identifying Motivated Abilities. He founded People Management Inc. which is now SIMA International.

Art recently released "Look No Further: Your Identity is in Your Soul". He is currently in the process of re-releasing his older books on Amazon in ebook and print. Soon he will be releasing "How God Rules Our Lives".

Art helped lead the charge with American Society for Quality when, under the management of Disney, a national program was inaugurated promoting 'The Stuff Americans Are Made Of' and needed a way to identify motivations of workers.

He was instrumental in the faith renewal movement and introduced SIMA and Discover Your Design in church-based groups, colleges and institutions like Youth With A Mission, Campus Crusade For Christ, Young Life, Navigators, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Intercristo, and The Leadership Network.

He was awarded a juris Doctor of Law and Bachelor of Science Degrees from Northwestern University.

Art and his wife, a distinguished, highly published poet, and their Irish Water Spaniel, live in the hill country of northwest Connecticut.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am going to be brief. I have been through a number of job changes over a thirty year career so far. This is one of the top books in its class-- for job hunters and career changers!
Art Miller's book assumes you are created with uniquely motivated abilities that are written into you as your own internal job description.
Matching this internal job description with that of an employer is what enables you to get JOY out of your job by flowing in the areas of giftedness that you are motivated to use.
Imagine your motivated abilities as a water faucet. In a good job fit situation, you can turn on that faucet and let it flow. In a poor fit situation you have to keep it at a drip. Where will you be happiest? Where will your employer be happiest with your work?
This book, (or a number of consultants out there-- check the web) will show you how to assess your motivated abilities, using Art Millers SIMA profile, or "system for identifying motivated abilities". Art started working on this system in the early '60's. It has been around for a long time and a number of major corporations, and churches, non-profits, are using this system to find the right fit for the people they hire.
Take the job fit test at their web site for a taste at [...]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Thigpen on February 4, 2006
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In The Power of Uniqueness: How to Become Who You Really Are, Arthur Miller addresses the subject of giftedness of individuals. He writes not only to Christians but also to anyone who is interested in learning more about their own pattern of giftedness, and particularly to those who are able to affect change - personal or structural - in the marketplace. Miller's principal assertion is that a person's pattern of giftedness "emerges in early childhood and remains fundamentally the same throughout life in its essential content, structure, and dynamics" (18).

He begins by asking the reader to reconsider the conventional way of evaluating people - looking at where they were educated, for how long, and what related experience they have - and invites us instead to evaluate them by looking at what a person likes to do and do well. By employing both case studies and lists of examples of various gifted patterns, he then invites the reader to rediscover their own giftedness, or motivational pattern. The author argues that by examining how a person does things and why they do them, individuals can "unlock [their] essence." Finally, Miller concludes with a plea to reorient life and society in light of these truths. In addition to encouraging the individual to pursue the life and career for which they are most suited, he suggests substantial changes on the institutional level - in work, education and religion - to rebuild a society that better enables life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

The Power of Uniqueness is provocative and informative.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on January 15, 2004
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The purpose of this book is to help you identify your uniqueness and build upon your discovery. He writes, "... you are the customized expression of a loving God." He describes the process of success as being ongoing and discusses how to maintain the momemtum. Discovering one's area of giftedness and building on that in a way that glorifies God is the essence of the book.
He devotes more discussion on specific ways of discovering one's giftedness and how to apply that knowledge to everyday life. The weakness of the book is the extreme to which he takes his argument. He sees dramatic shifts occurring in society to accomodate people's giftings. His proposals are far from practical. Sometimes one simply has to work outside one's giftedness tempoarily, e.g., when one is in college.
The first part of the book is the strongest. His insight is helpful in getting a better handle on how to live in a targeted, fulfilling manner.
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I believe we are all unique and should be working in a job or profession which allows us to use our talents and motivations to tap into our life purpose and live out a fulfilled and happy life--while making a difference in the world. this book takes a unique approach into giving us a framework for uncovering our talents and motivations, the place where we can be the most productive. this book is very powerful for me as it takes a spiritual approach to this process while keeping us grounded in reality--our own life history/experience and what we can learn from it. we can use the process outlined in this book to tap into that deep place inside each of us. some call it intuition. some call it that all knowing voice which reveals our truth, our calling which can enable us to live a more fulfilled and satisfying life, while contributing our gifts to the world. it doesn't get any better than that. I strongly recommend this book as the foundation to the process of finding satisfying, fulfilling, energizing work and living out your unique life purpose. I consider this book a must read for all business owners and CEOs who want fully engaged, energized, creative employees resulting in increased growth and profitability through dramatically increased productivity and dramatically less turnover. I consider this book a must read for anyone seeking meaning, fulfillment, and success in their life, regardless of how you define success.
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