- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061964549
- ISBN-13: 978-0061964541
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (821 customer reviews)
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Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words Hardcover – January 5, 2010
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“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 Hall is breaking new ground by uncovering and revealing the true intent and meaning of the words that make up those habits.” (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
“Words have power . . . amazing power! I can’t wait to see the world’s response to Aspire!.” (John Assaraf, author of The Answer; Teacher in The Secret)
“Kevin Hall’s ability to unlock human potential is rare and extremely valuable. In Aspire!, he unveils a completely new paradigm for personal development and growth that is dynamic and life changing.” (Norman E. Brinker, founder and chairman emeritus, Brinker International)
“Once you pick this book up you will find it hard to put down. The layers of examples and principles inside a single word can prove life changing. This is a treasure that I will refer to over and over again. (Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust)
“More than just an engaging sojourn into etymology, Aspire! has the power to help individuals and teams focus on their true purpose and reach their best and highest aspirations.” (Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box)
“Kevin Hall shows us the surprising power of words—tools we can use to shape new thoughts and beliefs—to help us change, and create something better for ourselves and our planet.” (Spencer Johnson, M.D., #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Moved My Cheese? and Peaks and Valleys)
“I love great books that have changed my life. Aspire is one of those truly great books. Kevin Hall is right up there with Og Mandino and Napoleon Hill.” (Bob Proctor, teacher in The Secret and bestselling author of You Were Born Rich)
“This book brings to light the power of language to not only inform, but also to realize the potential of a life fully lived. vThe revelations in Aspire are necessary tools to aid every passage of life.” (Gail Sheehy, New York Times bestselling author of Passages and Passages in Caregiving)
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.
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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.
Empathy ~ Walking the path of another and truly understanding what they have gone through and where they are going. This is related to the overused word of the 80s "Communication" which means to share in common.
Coach ~ Carrying another. To see potential in others and to bring them up is an art form. To carry them, to teach them is, in my opinion, the highest form of art humanity can achieve.
Ollin ~ The Aztec word for Moving forward with all your heart. Very cool word. Are you "all in?" This was a new word to me.
Integrity ~ Whole and complete. Integrity does not mean 'honesty' or 'ethically pure' as the self-help industry has pitched the word over the past 35 years. Those characteristics are part of the whole. It was refreshing to learn the original meaning and hear the story related to whole and complete living.
All in all, I thought this was a great book worthy of all of the praise I have read in these reviews. I liked the way Kevin Hall used his short personal stories to start each chapter, then he took us into his personal conversation with his mentor, Arthur Watkins PhD, retired linguistics Professor and head of the department at Stanford University, Each chapter was then capped off with Kevin's personal journal entries on the word, and the his personal pursuit of the concept.
This book is Kevin Hall's personal journey told through by his quest to develop and learn. He uses these words very effectively to take the reader along with him. I highly recommend this book.