- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 31, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1537416839
- ISBN-13: 978-1537416830
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"When a successful person has 45 years of experience, and chooses to boil all he knows down to the essence, it is wise to pay attention. In this book, one of the most successful coaches I have ever known promises to mentor you into an elevated version of yourself. I think it is a must read."
-Robert E. Quinn, Author of The Positive Organization
"When Rob Pasick speaks, people listen...and when he writes, people want to read it...and that's because Rob has a clear mission in mind with all his words...he wants to help people put everything in their lives in perspective, in the proper place.
"Self-Aware: A Guide for Success in Work and Life is a book that is clear, concise and easy to understand. It will make a difference in how you balance your professional and personal life and it may make a difference in what you end up doing. I have known Rob for years, and he is a wise and caring and ever so smart man who wants to guide young men and women, helping them to be the best they can be. Rob really cares and puts so much thought into realistic ways to have professional success and personal happiness. This is a book you won't want to miss!"
-Cheryl Chodun, former TV news reporter, WXYZ, Detroit and Adjunct Professor at Madonna University.
"Rob Pasick is a man of deep passion, compassion, and wisdom. Throughout these pages, all three are woven beautifully."
-Michael H. Samuelson, Author of Beyond Cancer Survival: Living a Life of Thrival
From the Author
Three years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a course to seniors at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business on the topic of Managing Professional Relationships in the Workplace. As I developed the curriculum, I focused on the importance of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills as keys to success in work. Over the past three years, I've continued to teach the course at Ross. Then, the Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan College of Engineering approached me to teach a similar course to graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and I gladly accepted the challenge.
I hear from my students that they are interested in exploring a more holistic perspective on their lives. They're interested in taking control of their time and lives as they pursue a happy and healthy lifestyle. They tell me they are not just interested in doing well in their careers, but they want to achieve well-being in their lives and to make their world a better place.
In response to my students' deep need, I developed the class as a process where my students look deeply at themselves to reflect upon who they are and what they want from their lives. It is not merely a self-reflective process. They also are encouraged to share and interact with others weekly.
Through the thirteen weeks of the course, my students go through a series of exercises that take them on a path of self-discovery toward improved emotional intelligence. They work individually and participate in small collaborative groups. They also interview young and successful business leaders about their lives and careers.
At the end of class, each student creates a personal development plan with a five-year vision of what they want to achieve. In addition to career success, my students are asked to describe what they hope to achieve in other important aspects of their life, including relationships, health and well-being, and community service. The final project is to present this plan to the class and to get feedback and help from their classmates about how to achieve their goals.
This book is designed to take the reader through a similar process. By reading and doing the exercises, you will:
- Gain a better sense of self-awareness.
- Develop your emotional intelligence competency.
- Craft a personal vision for success in career and life.
- Set goals to help you achieve a good life.
- Learn how to achieve these goals.
- Plan how to create a team to help you in the pursuit of your goals.
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Second, this book is aimed at young adults, and I hardly qualify as part of the target audience, as I’m nearing retirement.
Third, this isn’t the kind of book you curl up with on a winter evening and read for the warm pleasure of intellectual insight—a kind of book I truly relish, by the way.
Instead, this a book that takes effort to read, consisting of a series of short, to-the-point stories, vignettes, and detailed exercises. Each segment of the book is no more than three or four pages long and reading the content and doing the suggested work to explore the ideas presented in each segment could take a good part of your free time over 2-3 days.
But, here’s the good part. If you are one of the target readers—a young professional in your twenties—you will get far more out of each section and the associated exercises than you ever put into that effort!
I wish I had been exposed to these ideas when I was starting my career. While I’ve enjoyed a good deal of success in many ways both professionally and personally, I’ve had to learn much of what Dr. Rob reveals in this book through hard knocks. I would have greatly benefited from learning and developing my emotional intelligence at an earlier age, and the exercises in this book would have done just that.
Still in all, I think I should caution anyone who chooses to read this book that Dr. Rob asks a great deal of you in this book. The fact that what he asks you to do is a lot easier than learning these lessons the hard way doesn’t diminish the fact that there’s just no way to absorb these kinds of psychological and emotional lessons without experiencing a good deal of possibly painful introspection, hard thinking, and exposure to some of your innermost vulnerabilities. Couple that with the effort needed to absorb and apply new ways of thinking and behaving, and the need to often reach out to others to gain the awareness you need to enjoy a more fulfilling career and life, and you have an imposing agenda to consider.
On the other hand, no one ever said that life in the 21st century would be easy. Truthfully, it’s never been easy—but the complex and at times, daunting world of career, family, and personal existence are evolving at a rapid and potentially confusing rate in this era. Becoming the kind of individual who can prosper and delight in the wonders of the current age means navigating unexplored territory, and the ideas and exercises in this book can give you the stability, ballast, and guidance that can help you do just that.
With all of these caveats in mind, I can highly recommend this book.
This book (really a guide book to success) is a must read, a must do. For those of us who cannot attend Dr. Pasick's classes or hire him as a personal coach, this book is long anticipated insight into his teachings and techniques. I am not only using it myself, I am buying many copies for presents this Christmas.