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The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Successby Dan Clark
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What would you rather have—conventional success or a high level beyond success?
Dan Clark, one of the worlds leading inspirational speakers and leadership trainers, vehemently opposes the conventional wisdom about success. He believes its tragic and superficial to build our careers and per­sonal lives around getting more money, bigger houses, cooler toys, and fancier job titles.
Whats it all worth in the end? How many out­wardly successful people still feel empty inside?
Clark has spent decades traveling around the world, interviewing the famous and powerful; con­sulting with presidents and generals and sheikhs and corporate leaders; creating a multimillion-dollar business; and (before any of the above) overcoming a paralyzing injury. All those experiences have con­vinced him that the happiest people in the world dont pursue success at all. Instead, they pursue signifi­cance—and find that success comes along as part of the package.
Whats the difference between success and significance? As youll learn in this powerful, myth-shattering book . . .
He illustrates his ideas with a wide range of powerful true stories from business, education, the military, and sports—starting with his own story of fighting his way back from a serious injury that cut short his football career. Paralyzed both physically and emotionally, Clark began his recovery only when he started to focus on purpose rather than on goals; on being whole rather than famous; on serving oth­ers rather than seeking praise. In the long run, that accident was the greatest gift he ever received, setting him on a lifelong path toward true significance.
Clarks wisdom will stimulate your intellect, challenge your beliefs, and penetrate your heart. By following his Laws of Significance, you will learn to connect your head and heart, manage your priorities, and live an extraordinary life that matters to your family, friends, coworkers, community, and country.
"Is Clark's latest a self-help book, a leadership book, or perhaps an all-round feel-good tome? In fact with all of the author's (Puppies for Sale) personal accounts, family stories (particularly regarding his father), insights, and even a poem, Chicken Soup for the Soul might be the first thing to come to mind. The book is meant to be transformational, designed for readers 'who want to achieve game-changing results.' Clark hopes readers will progress from wanting to be Successful to wanting to be Significant. For Clark, success is 'getting what you want and finding happiness on a superficial level,' while significance is 'a higher state of happiness and fulfillment beyond the merely successful,' where you understand that 'being is more important that having.' But don't expect philosophical arguments or theological sermons here. The book is mostly rhetoric and stories, passionately told, many coming from sports and the military. Agent: Nina Madonia, Dupree/Miller & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
We’re socialized from birth to pursue success at all costs. Day after day, we build our careers and our personal lives around getting what we want. But Dan Clark thinks we’re missing something important: the difference between success and significance.
For instance, successful people think wealth flows to them. Significant people know wealth flows through them. The successful say “knowledge is power.” The significant realize that knowledge has no heart—that reason leads to conclusions but emotion leads to action. Clark offers a unique blend of psychological insights, historical examples, military stories, incredible personal experiences, and other material from his popular motivational speeches and leadership training. In a series of brief, emotionally charged essays, he answers essential questions such as “How do we carve out meaningful legacies?” and “How do we bring ourselves and those around us true, lasting satisfaction?”
This book will help readers improve not merely their financial and career performance, but their human performance as well.
About the Author
Dan Clark is a member of the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame. He has authored twenty books on leadership, management, team building, humor, public speaking, and personal development. He has been a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and his famous story “Puppies for Sale” was made into an award-winning film. He lives in Salt Lake City.
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