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"Smart, insightful, life-reorienting...Some books demand your attention. If you are ready to reject conventional definitions of success and bring consonance to your life, invest the time to read this book." - Shawn Achor, New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential

"Laura Gassner Otting relieves us of the madness-making, autopilot drive toward other people’s empty definitions of success, and reveals how to get on the path to becoming limitless though consonance, matching ‘what’ we do with ‘who’ we are. Read it, learn it, live it!"
- Jonathan Fields, Author of How to Live a Good Life and Founder of Good Life Project®

"For those who long to live a powerful, authentic life, Laura Gassner Otting provides a call to action.
Limitless is an inspiring read that's both logical and poetic." - Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and author, Entrepreneurial You and Reinventing You

"Let Laura Gassner Otting prove to you, through stories, activities and her own journey, that it’s possible to be and do and have your dream life. The advice she gives is timely, actionable and oh-so-worthwhile. You deserve this gift to yourself.”
- Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA. Co-founder of the GET MOMENTUM Leadership Academy

"In
Limitless, Laura Gassner Otting reaches into your core. Let her help you figure out what’s making you feel so empty ― and more important, how to take real action to find purpose." - Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist

"I’m grateful for Laura Gassner’s Otting’s new book because it encourages us to look deep within to find our purpose and focus on what really matters... Limitless will help you discover that sense of alignment, relevance and belonging in your own heart."
- Nido R. Qubein, President, High Point University

"There may not be anyone who knows as much about work with meaning and impact than Laura Gassner Otting. Reading
Limitless is like having an extended career counseling session with a straight-talking friend who knows you better than you know yourself." - Marci Alboher, VP Encore.org and author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life

"…Forget about fulfilling your parents' expectations or sticking with that career you fell into when you graduated, and let
Limitless show you the way to living your best work life." -Carol Fishman Cohen, Co-founder of iRelaunch, author of The 40-Year-Old Intern

"For anyone who wants to align 'what' they do with 'who' they are,
Limitless is the definitive guide. Laura Gassner Otting takes an acerbic swipe at traditional career advice and replaces it with a practical guide to finding a career and life with purpose, meaning, and consonance." - Diane Mulcahy, author of The Gig Economy, adjunct professor, Babson College

Limitless is a wake-up call to get back on track: your track. Through its examination of consonance, and a reminder to follow that self-defined success that many of us have lost sight of, this book will help you achieve personal maximization in all aspects of your life." - Phil Randazzo, CEO, AmericanDreamU

"Laura deserves all the hugs I could muster for writing
Limitless. ... Seriously, read this book and let it change your life." - Richie Norton, bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid

About the Author

Laura Gassner Otting helps people get "unstuck" ― and achieve extraordinary results. Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. Laura's 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton's White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. In addition to Limitless, she is also the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose. Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women's philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women's PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons―projects emblematic of her passions and values. She's turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can't seem to shake. She's an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she's never met a revolution she didn't like. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ideapress Publishing (April 2, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1940858763
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1940858760
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 249 ratings

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Laura's secret superpower is seeing your greatness and reflecting it back on you, so that you can get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the NPAG, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose, and the upcoming Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Life Your Best Life (April 2019)

Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read to get your life back on track
By Josh Bernoff - Bestselling Author and Writing Coach on April 4, 2019
You know that nagging feeling you have, that you ought to be doing something different, or doing things differently? Laura Gassner Otting’s Limitless tells you what that’s about and what to do about it. It’s short, pointed, helpful, and well worth reading.

The full title of this book is Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life. And I have to start by admitting I hate the subtitle. It sounds like every self-serving self-help book already published. But get past that — this is the real deal.

What Laura Gassner Otting has done here is to tap into a fundamental misalignment in most of our work and lives. We pursue goals that other people set up for us. We achieve them. Then we feel empty because they were not really our goals. If you want your actual life goals and your work to line up, this book can help you do that.

There are five reasons it works.

First, the central idea is strong. That idea is “consonance.” To figure out if you have consonance, ask: Is what you do in perfect alignment with what matters to you, what makes you feel fulfilled, what gives you joy?

Of course not. But some of us are close, and others are way off. And the ones that are way off are often working their asses off and coming home each night feeling exhausted and wondering why they feel that emptiness in the pit of their souls. If you have even a little of that (and you do, admit it), this book is a good way to figure out what to do.

Second, it doesn’t just hit you over the head with that idea again and again — the structure of what follows is clear and actionable. Laura lays out four elements to pursue to gain consonance. These are “calling” — the thing that motivates you; “connection” — how your daily work connects you with the calling and the people who matter; “contribution” — how your work makes it possible for you to live well; and “control” — how much of your daily work you influence, and how much you don’t. Pursuing improvements in these four areas will help you attain the consonance you deserve.

Third, it’s full of great stories of people who succeeded (or failed and reset themselves) — diverse people of all types. There’s a bit of Laura’s story, too, but it’s not all about her. (Disclosure: the story of my career at Forrester is in here: p. 118). These stories don’t prove that this method works, but they help you to identify with people going through the same struggles you are.

Fourth, it’s well written. Laura is a sparkling writer — her personality comes across, and it’s completely engaging.

And finally, it actually includes a plan on what to do. The calling, connection, contribution, and control chapters include some ideas on what to do, the the last three chapters suggest ways to change your career, how you work, and how you define success. If you buy into the plan here, that’s just what you need to make things better.

My difficult career decisions would have been much easier if I'd had this book to help me out.
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