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The 3 Gaps: Are You Making a Difference? Paperback – January 11, 2016
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“Rarely are such profound principles taught with such simplicity and accessibility. Every work group should read and apply this message.”
—Catherine Hormats, entrepreneur and cofounder of Social Security Advisors
“To successfully manage a team, employees, or a family, we all must first manage ourselves. That is the great lesson of The 3 Gaps; and the great gift is that Mr. Smith so clearly tells us how.”
—Michelle Baron, award-winning producer/writer of worldwide family entertainment
“The 3 Gaps is a simple yet profound book that will enable you to live a better, more fulfilling life and have a positive impact on everyone around you.”
—Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust
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The 3 Gaps includes three main sections none of which will be new to you: Beliefs, Values, and Time. What is different is how Smith addresses the relationships between each and the clear way in which he helps us understand what we need to do to close our gaps.
Each section presents in a similar direct way and in some depth. With a little work, each of these three main sections could be a small book in itself. Each section also includes a practical list of actions to bring our beliefs, values, or time choices into alignment. Each list is clear, powerful, and useful.
After clarifying our gaps in the three key areas, Smith asks us this telling question: “What would I cross the I-beam for?” You need to read the whole description of the “I-Beam Exercise” to get the full impact.. Your response to the exercise begins the process of determining your Governing Values – those core things in your life that matter above all else, even your own life.
Once identified, we describe and clarify those Governing Values and then make some hard choices about which values are more important. In my experience, this is the hardest step for most, because every decision to elevate a value means another value moves lower on the list.
Smith writes clearly and simply. Warning: The book starts with a heartbreaking story of personal loss that is hard to read or imagine living through. Throughout this book, you will find a higher percentage than usual of personal and gripping accounts from the author and others who have faced horrific challenges to their bodies and spirits. The stories are often challenging, but give us clear illustrations of what is possible for the human spirit.Read more ›
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Unsurprisingly, the book is divided into three sections each focused on one of these gaps. Hyrum explains each gap and then gives practical suggestions for effectively recognizing and closing the gap. His inclusion of material from the personal lives of three guest contributors reinforces his points and also provides very helpful insights into putting his ideas into practice. Although the concepts presented in The 3 Gaps are very simple, I plan to periodically come back to the book and review the material looking for additional nuance and nuggets of insight that I may have missed in prior readings. I'm sure I'll find them.
Hyrum Smith has a way of showing us how to close the gaps between what we believe, what we value and how we wish we could spend our time, and what we actually DO.
This book is easy to understand and gives very simple instructions on how to apply it to your own life. This is why I now want to go back to the beginning, pen in hand, and begin to apply it to my own life today. It's like having a personal mentor in my pocket.
Thanks, Hyrum! I can tell you that you ARE making a difference!
From one grateful woman in West Jordan.
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One of the best self-help books I've read in a long time. This book is a quick read - I was able to read it in a couple hours. Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kristina K.
I received this book FREE from a Goodreads Giveaway. And, what a great book it was.
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A great way to start off a New Year, reviewing 3 key ares where we often have gaps: in our Belief System, in our Values, and in our Time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Doci
Mr. Smith has written an insightful and fundamentally sound "How to" guide book. While it provides illustrative examples that are relatable to our everyday lives, he also... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DJBrown
I enjoy reading books that make sense and that I can incorporate into my life. This was such a book. I had never thought of my life as having gaps before. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KWgirl
I really like this book. It has an easy to read format. I found it to be extremely helpful in directing me to examining where I currently stand - and where I want to be in my life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Karen McCleery