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Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words Hardcover – January 5, 2010
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“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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very insightful, thought provoking and sobering! What a way to bring the "beauty" out of words we use everyday. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
The author Kevin Hall breaks down words into parts and reveals their true meaning. Of course one word leads to another and another. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Terry Cox
This is a wonderful book. Someone else recommended it to me and I highly recommend it to others. Thank you.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very thought provoking book on vocab and expression uses. It's wonderful that the author put the word usages in historical context, which helped me learn a lot more about their... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Holly Burk
After reading this book it left me with wanting to know more about words. It was an easy book to read. It is a book that I will read again. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Angela Stanton
This is an amazing book ... has changed my life and the lives of several of my closest friends and I'm not done blessing people yet!Published 1 month ago by Doreen Ruthart
This is an interesting book, and leads the reader to discovering not only some ideas about purpose, but the meaning of some inspiring and thought-provoking words. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicole Bingaman
It showed me how powerful words can be. We need to be aware of we use them.Published 6 months ago by mose mickens