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Dave Hollis

A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fulfillment

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    Equating our personal value with our profession undermines our self-worth.

    Imagine you’re at a cocktail party, surrounded by dazzling people with interesting jobs. You’re chatting to someone you’ve just met, and they ask you the inevitable question: What do you do for a living? 

    You tell them you’re head of sales for The Walt Disney Company’s movie studio. That’s right. The Disney. You’re the one putting movies like Frozen, Inside Out, and all things Marvel in cinemas around the world. And you’re good at it. Very good, according to your salary.

    Naturally, your new acquaintance is impressed. Their face lights up. You heave an internal sigh. If only your job lit you up in the same way.

    The key message here is: Equating our personal value with our profession undermines our self-worth.

    Once upon a time, author Dave Hollis was that disgruntled sales executive at Disney. With an endless supply of blockbuster movies and a fabulous team working with him every day, he was exceeding sales targets and making more money than ever before. But Dave was deeply unhappy. Since he could practically do his job with his eyes closed, he felt underchallenged and unfulfilled.  

    Despite feeling this way, Dave was hesitant to make any bold changes. People were in awe of his job title; because of this, he’d allowed his work to become his identity. He’d always prided himself on his successful and evolving career. Leaving it behind felt like letting go of the very thing that made people see him as valuable. But Dave longed to free himself from what other people thought about him. He had to make a change.

    And so he took a leap. 

    He resigned from Disney and took up the role of CEO at his wife’s business, The Hollis Company. It was a challenge shifting from a mass media company to a small start-up, and Dave had to relearn everything he thought he knew about business. But this was just the stimulation he needed. And it taught him something important about himself: His value as a person didn’t come from the size of his paycheck or his employer’s prestige. It came from being a loving, respectful individual who cared about the world around him. And he could be that person, even without a fancy title on his business card.

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    What is Get Out of Your Own Way about?

    Get Out of Your Own Way (2020) explores the limiting thoughts that can stop us from growing, feeling fulfilled, and being fully present for our loved ones. By debunking his own self-created lies with candor and humor, the author provides insight into how you can overcome similar long-held positions.

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    …humble yourself to the possibility that you dont know anything about what your partner needs until you do some work.

    —Dave Hollis
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    Who should read Get Out of Your Own Way?

    • Self-help skeptics
    • Men with low self-esteem
    • Husbands and fathers who want to become the best version of themselves

    About the Author

    Dave Hollis is a former Disney executive who now works as CEO of The Hollis Company, which uses media to help people develop a growth mindset. Hollis is a husband, father of four, and former self-help skeptic. Get Out of Your Own Way is his first book and a New York Times best seller. 

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