Are You Ready to Succeed?: Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life

Are You Ready to Succeed?: Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life

by Srikumar S. Rao

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The premise is simple: A person's ideal life, especially their career, can be carefully conceived and crafted. Based on Dr. Rao's popular course "Creativity and Personal Mastery" at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, this book offers a series of readings, exercises, and lessons drawn from both spiritual and commercial situations that enable you to reconstruct and improve your professional world. This transformation will turn your life around and help you become exponentially more effective in your chosen career, and thereby flourish in all aspects of your life. Whether you are questioning the value of money or the core values of your life, this book is a powerful tool that will help you to "discover the purpose that can suffuse your life and bring stars to your eyes."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401383664
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,057,912
File size: 534 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Srikumar S. Rao is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, teaches at London Business School, and is a professor at Long Island University. A former contributing editor for Forbes, Financial World, and Success magazines, he has been featured and quoted in the national media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Fortune. He has consulted with leading corporations nationwide and holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia University. He lives in Commack, New York.

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Are You Ready to Succeed?: Unconventional Strategies To Achieving Personal Mastery In Business and Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very useful book! It includes great exercises that make the lessons of the book appear very clear! The book also includes insightful and fun parables and stories! I took the author's class at Columbia, and refer often to the book. I think it's especially good for people in business or law - it provides very grounded, clear and practical ideas. At the very least, the book will give you some great tools for pursuing success - however you define that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book that describes a process that anyone can use to change their life and achieve what they desire. The author begins by noting that the first block to personal mastery - and one of the biggest - is our unquestioned mental models. These are our fixed ideas of how the world works and how things should or shouldn't be done. In other words these mental models are what we call reality. Through clearly presented concepts, metaphors and exercises, the author encourages us to explore our personal mental models. As a result, you realize that the mental models that each of us lives by are simply a choice, with many other choices possible - some of which open doors to new possibilities and opportunities. This is a well-written and enjoyable book. To change your life, you must make a commitment to fully engage the exercises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will be fairly difficult for me to give an unbiased review of Are You Ready to Succeed, as the course on which it⿿s based set me upon a path of growth and self-discovery for which I'm eternally grateful. It allowed me for first time to know true fulfillment. For this, I feel immense gratitude, incapable of expression with words. I⿿ll divide this review into two parts: 1. The effect the wisdom and exercises within the book had on my life and 2. My feelings about the book itself. Prior to taking Creativity and Personal Mastery, the course upon which the book is based, I was an obnoxious, mechanistic, sociopathic prince of capitalism. I viewed wealth as a means to exert dominance over others, as well as a vehicle to procure hedonic bliss. I found a happy home for this way of thinking in the world of investment banking, venture capital and startups. I drank, drugged, womanized, broke the law I created a world in which those without a similar plunderer-type mentality were weak and destined to be dominated. At the beginning of the course, I had been fired twice, totalled four cars, been arrested in five states and inflicted emotional harm on countless females. I didn⿿t read I thought introspection was for the weak, those incapable of enjoying the finer things in life. In short, I was miserable ⿿ a gerbil on wheel of chemical and emotional highs, a slave to the influence of my fellow ⿿pirate⿝ peers. You could say I was ready for a change. The course had several effects upon me. There are too many to list, so I will detail only four. The first is the notion that the universe is benevolent, a partner in creating not only fulfilling personal endeavors, but a brighter future. The second is that I have an opportunity to be truly happy, i.e. fulfilled, not through striving and external action, but through removing that which is unreal and not me, thereby allowing my true nature to shine. The third is that HOW is not important, rather only the WHAT and the WHY, meaning I need not obsess over how desirable things such as fulfillment and impact come into my life, only a clear conception of what it is I want to achieve and why I want to achieve it. The last insight I was blessed with was, ⿿If you build it, they will come⿝, meaning that attention to my own personal mastery is the most important thing I can do in terms of creating the life and manifesting the impact I desire. Since finishing the course, I have gone on to read several of the recommended texts, traveled to India to learn meditation, attended various personal growth related retreats, consulted with non-profits, helped people start companies, become a more effective writer and public speaker, begun creating healthy platonic and authentic romantic relationships, found fulfilling employment with a renewable energy company and am currently helping launch a non-profit. In addition to taking up meditation, I have stopped drinking, eating meat, eating sweets (and in doing so, lost 60 pounds), doing drugs, watching porn and have filled this gap with yoga, reading, writing, love-making, cooking and hiking. Certainly the wisdom and exercises from the course (and book) did not do all of this, I did, but the teachings acted as the seed crystal allowing me to embark on a path of rapid transformation and achieve an infinitely more rewarding life. I owe Prof. Rao, the course, and by extension this book, a tremendous debt of gratitude for which I am only beginning to repay. I really enjoyed the book. It was a beautiful encapsulation of the course, touching on the major themes. Given the limited scope of the chosen media (in this case a book, as compared to a semester-long course) it is an excellent effort and if used as stated could produce extraordinary results for those who employ it. I say employ instead of read, because to merely read this book is not sufficient. As Prof. Rao says, the book should viewed more as a workbook
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Srikumar S. Rao presents a broad, philosophical context you can use to contemplate the notion of success. Though he covers complex ideas that derive from global traditions of ancient wisdom, the book is accessible and not quite as deep as it might be, given the topic. If changing your personal reality were really as easy as these exercises suggest, the world might be an easier place. Rao includes exercises designed to help you open your mind and confront your preconceptions, as well as a reading list designed to jar loose and challenge the daily realities you may take for granted. getAbstract recommends this to those who are new to the genre of self-awareness literature, and who want to find success through contemplating or rediscovering joy and purpose.
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