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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: The Strategic Coach Inc.; 1St Edition edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896635628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896635620
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."
- Joseph Campbell

What would life be like if you could focus on doing what you’re best at and love to do most?

For over twenty years, The Strategic Coach has helped successful entrepreneurs in its programs balance their work and personal lives while also achieving unprecedented results. A core concept of these programs is that every person has a talent they love to use that translates into activities they do exceptionally well — a Unique Ability — and that using this Unique Ability is the surest route to a happy, meaningful, and successful life.

Like everyone, you too have a Unique Ability. When you know this key piece of information about yourself, you’ll not only find it easier to see what you should be doing, things will really start to "click" — because when you act on your Unique Ability, it works.

This book will help you:
- Understand the philosophy of "Unique Ability."
- Define your own Unique Ability.
- Learn how to free yourself up so you can apply your Unique Ability in everyday life.
- Determine how you can have the greatest impact on the world around you.

About the Author

Catherine Nomura joined The Strategic Coach in 1998 with a masters degree in development studies, an MBA in entrepreneurship, and a passion for promoting entrepreneurial thinking as a way for people to take control of their futures. A member of the company's core strategic leadership team, Catherine envisions and guides the creation of new products, strategic relationships, and forms of communication to spread Strategic Coach wisdom to new audiences. Julia Waller, a teacher with a masters degree in international education, joined the Strategic Coach team in 1997. A key leader in the company, Julia is one of the main designers of workshop programs, tools, and systems. Her passion for Unique Ability led to the development of The Unique Ability Discovery Process featured in this book. She has worked with numerous team members and entrepreneurs to identify their Unique Abilities.

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I am pretty lazy when it comes to reading self-help books.
Angela J. Forero
Your unique ability is the essence of who you are, and this book will help you discover what it is.
Brian Robinson
It truly makes you think, "Yeah, I do do that better than anyone I know."
Lover of Truth

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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jim Estill on April 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Unique Ability

That is the title of the book I am working on right now. Great book by Catherine Nomura and Julia Waller. I say working on because I have already read the book but is one of those books that you have to do the exercises to get the value.

The theory is "the more you know yourself, the more you can spend time in your unique ability area and the happier, more productive and the more value you can add". I like the theory and believe in it.

The exercise is to ask the people that know me well to give me their input on what they think my unique talents, abilities and characteristics are and to use these to synthesize a unique ability statement about myself.

I have to say the responses I have had are humbling. I really need to live up to a lot to live up to what people think of me.

This book hits me at the right time. Since I sold to SYNNEX and changed roles from running the smaller company to the larger one, I often find myself in areas that are not my strengths.

My challenge is to figure out how best to add value while at the same time fitting within the SYNNEX culture or where appropriate to help mould the culture into a better one. The biggest challenge I face is moulding corporate culture but that could be a topic of a full blog itself.

Unique ability is a theory developed and perfected by Dan Sullivan of [...] Dan has developed a great consulting company based a lot on this principle. I like a lot about what Dan teaches but have a conflict with one of his ideas - to take lots of time off. One of my unique abilities is boundless energy and high work ethic and taking time off conflicts with the work ethic part. Also my success and industry demands high availability.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lover of Truth on May 20, 2007
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Unique Ability talks about the importance of living what you know the best, not dwelling on what you do not know. Guides and activities help make this user-friendly and the format is easy to understand. It truly makes you think, "Yeah, I do do that better than anyone I know." It helps you to focus on what you do great and how to accomplish more with less energy wasted on other less important things which take away your time and abilities.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Zee on May 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is very helpful and insightful to unlocking your understanding of yourself. There are too many answer books out there giving generic advice like magic diets. This book aids the reader in understanding how to get to know themselves better...but it requires a good hard look at oneself with an open mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on January 12, 2014
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Reading this did change my views of world. I had already kind of stumbled on my Unique Ability recently but this book gave a better explanation of what it is, some useful examples and ideas. It could be better at helping you find/recognise others to build your team around it but even though it scratches it only, the book is still 5 stars. For those who aren't yet aware of their own strengths as much. It's a 10 star book to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maury S. Cralle Jr. on September 13, 2009
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This is a great book and a great idea. But if you think maybe your high school teenager needs to read this, you should investigate the HYDE school ([...]). My boy went there for 4 years and my wife and I visited frequently during that time. The fundamental underlying philosphy of HYDE is "Discover your Unique Potential." Check it out. It is one of the best co-ed boarding schools in the U.S.A. I am a granddaddy with 8 kids and I know a good shcool when I see it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela J. Forero on May 27, 2007
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I am pretty lazy when it comes to reading self-help books. I usually buy the audio book, but this book is extremely easy to read and very interesting. Besides, it involves other action when reading it, meaning, you will want to have a notebook to write downall the great guidelines they describe in here and put them in practice inmediatly. I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK!!! I know I will be reading it more than once!!!
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I read it front to back in one long afternoon so glad I had my power cord.

Great job Dan Sullivan. More people in the world need to hear your approach. I bought every other book you have on here.
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This book and exercise changed the game for me and directed me into the career of my dreams. Diving into M.O. and Unique Ability has been amazing.
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