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Michael Bungay Stanier

A Proven Plan to Start Something That Matters

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"How to Begin" by Michael Bungay Stanier is a practical guide that helps readers overcome procrastination and start working on their goals by breaking them down into small, achievable steps. The book teaches readers how to overcome self-doubt and fear of failure to get started on their desired path.


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    Worthy goals have three distinctive qualities.

    So Worthy Goals possess certain qualities – to get even more specific, they possess three distinctive qualities. Every Worthy Goal should be daunting, important, and thrilling. To get a better grasp on this, let’s look at a person’s life. We’ll follow him from boyhood to adulthood, and, as his life unfolds, let’s see if his life goal possesses those three qualities – if it’s truly a Worthy Goal.

    Reader, meet Paul. Paul is a sweet, sensitive, intelligent boy. He does well in school. He studies hard. In his spare time, he loves to draw, to play piano, and to daydream. By the time he’s 18, when it’s time to head off to college, he has lots of options. His parents, pragmatic people with their heads very much not in the clouds, gently urge him to choose a “safe” career – and sweet, sensitive Paul, not wanting to disappoint his family, acquiesces. He goes to med school, does exceptionally well, and becomes a doctor. 

    And his job is fine. It’s definitely not boring. He has to solve new problems every day. He’s constantly learning and improving. 

    It’s also valuable. Not just in terms of his paycheck, though that’s definitely a factor. Paul believes that one should be of service – that one should give to the world more than one takes from it. He often reminds himself of this. He’s proud to be of service to others, though he’s not necessarily burning with passion for his work.

    So, here’s the question. Does the goal that Paul has spent his life pursuing – the life that he has chosen for himself – count as a Worthy Goal?

    It’s definitely daunting. There are new challenges every day – life-and-death situations requiring great mental and moral strength. It pushes him, expands his limits, keeps him evolving, which is what a daunting goal should do. And it’s obviously important. He’s serving others in the most dramatic way possible: saving lives. He’s giving back, improving the world in a palpable way, which is what it means for a goal to be important.

    But is it thrilling? Remember, all Worthy Goals possess three qualities, and being thrilling is the third. It should be exciting. It should speak to your values. It should be bold, fun – something you don’t have to do but that you want to do.

    And here’s the thing: Paul has an itch. Deep down, he feels that being a doctor is not good enough. Something’s missing. He just can’t put his finger on what that something is. Maybe you feel the same way. We can do better than ticking two out of three boxes.

    Imagine a three-legged stool with one leg shorter than the others. Can you use it? Sure, it works. But it’s always going to be uncomfortable to sit on, and it’ll never hold the full weight of your ambition and talent.

    So how can we improve that wobbly three-legged stool? Let’s keep that image in mind as we move into the next blink.

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    Worum geht es in How to Begin?

    How to Begin (2022) argues that you unlock your greatness by working on the hard things. The things that matter. Not to your partner, friends, or family – but to you. The hardest part isn’t the work itself, though. It’s identifying the kinds of projects that are worth investing your time in. Projects which give your life meaning. And that’s what this book is really about: helping you discover worthy goals.

    Bewertung von How to Begin

    How to Begin by Michael Bungay Stanier (2021) is a valuable read for anyone looking to kickstart new projects or make meaningful changes in their lives. Here's why you should grab a copy:

    • It offers a practical roadmap on how to overcome obstacles, take the first step, and turn aspirations into reality.
    • The book is packed with insightful stories and examples that keep readers engaged, inspiring them to take action.
    • With its friendly and accessible tone, the book makes the process of starting something new feel approachable and exciting.

    Wer How to Begin lesen sollte

    • Self-improvers stuck in a rut
    • Thinkers and doers
    • Anyone who wants to live their best life

    Über den Autor

    Michael Bungay Stanier is the bestselling author of the Coaching Habit, a book about management that has sold close to a million copies and garnered over 1,000 five star reviews on Amazon. He is also the founder of the learning-and-development company Box of Crayons, well-known podcaster, and consultant with clients around the world.

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    What is the main message of How to Begin?

    The main message of How to Begin is that taking small steps and overcoming fear are key to starting any new venture or project.

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    The reading time for How to Begin can vary, but it typically takes several hours. The Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is How to Begin a good book? Is it worth reading?

    How to Begin is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to overcome the paralysis of starting something new. It provides practical insights and guidance in a concise format.

    Who is the author of How to Begin?

    The author of How to Begin is Michael Bungay Stanier.