Enjoyed BE BODACIOUS: PUT LIFE IN YOUR LEADERSHIP by Stephen D. Wood.
It is the story of a young man who discovers how to become a better performer not only at work, but also at home and in the community . . . he does so as a result of a series of lessons from a mentor named "Cowboy."
Unlike many other books of this type, both the characters and situations in BE BODACIOUS felt real . . . I actually felt that I got to know the main character, and what he learned along the way made sense to me.
For example, there was this tidbit:
* The eight-second rule also applies to life and pursuit of our dreams. In bull riding, there is no score for the bull you do not ride, or the bull ridden only for seven seconds. It is impossible to achieve a dream or live bodaciously if you never pursue bodacious opportunities or give up too soon. You do not realize profits in business for a sale that was almost made. Life-long goals and lasting relationships are missed by not living courageously. Too often, we quit on our opportunities and relationships with only one second remaining. All too often, just as we are close to going the full eight! To go the full eight you must have extraordinary commitment, unrestrained action, and bold execution.
And then there was this point that I need to be constantly reminded about:
* You live with the decisions and consequences of your past; this does not change. But your ability to deal with your past failures and to put them in the past directly impacts how you live today. The only way you can make meaning of your past is to focus on what you do today, because what you do today will be tomorrow's past. You write your own history and legacy by what you do today. If you want to change your history and future, change what you do in the present. Instead of reaching back, reach forward and write your own future.
Lastly, there was this idea--my favorite one from the book:
* Get serious about pursuing your bodacious dream and get off your "but," and do something. Be cautious of getting comfortable and resting on your big but, because your but will prevent you from pursuing your bodacious dreams. Buts come in many forms; here are a few that may look familiar to you:
I would pursue my bodacious adventure but . . .
I could have pursued my bodacious adventure but . . .
But I did not know how to pursue my bodacious adventure . . .
But I have never pursued an adventure like this before . . .
But the bodacious adventure is too expensive . . .
But pursuing the bodacious adventure will take too long . . .
But what would people think if I pursue my bodacious adventure . . .
But what if I fail at my bodacious adventure . . .
Your big but is the number one thing that is preventing you from pursuing your bodacious adventures. People with big buts rest on them and do not pursue bodacious adventures, you can be different; you can be bodacious. Get off your big but, take action, and make your bodacious adventure become reality.
My only criticism had to do with the author's ending . . . it urged me to "pass the secrets to the next "cowboy" . . . while there's nothing wrong with doing that, I just have seem that request in too many other books of a similar nature.