We start a new Thought Leaders Unpacked™ series this week with Peter Block’s The Answer to How is Yes: Acting On What Matters.
As you are familiar by now, the chief criteria for book selection is that I have to be willing to learn, stretch and grow myself in the topic area.
Block’s premise is that we end up asking the wrong questions when we believe that life, work, and/or relationships are things about which we simply need to master certain techniques and do the “right” way.
He challenges the assumption that the answers to life and success are all out there somewhere outside of ourselves, and that we need to go discover them, acquire them, and apply them to ourselves.
Life, though, is not something that one can learn to do “correctly”.
He points out that we actually doubt our own abilities and unwisely invalidate our own unique giftedness by buying into the “how” questions.
These themes resonate deeply with me.
I am one of those people who inadvertently subject my dreams to the practical limitations imposed by those who pretend to know the answers. I also hesitate when the means to making a living are not readily apparent.
I am looking forward to taking a more probing look at what is most core to who I am and what I want to be about.
I hope you will join me on the journey and share your journeys as well. Get a copy of the book now and read along.
The Answer to How is Yes: Acting On What Matters
Part 1: The Question
1. How is the Wrong Question
2. Yes is the Right Answer
3. Defenses Against Acting
Part 2: Three Qualities
4. Recapturing the Idealism of Youth
5. Sustaining the Touch of Intimacy
6. Enduring the Depth of Philosophy
Part 3: The Requirements
7. Claiming Full Citizenship
8. Home School Yourself
9. Your Boss Doesn’t Have What You Want
10. Oh, by the Way… You Have to Give Up Your Ambition
11. Care for the Whole (Whether It Deserves It or Not)
Part 4: Social Architecture
12. The Instrumental Imperative
13. The Archetypes of Instrumentality and Desire
14. The Role of the Social Architect
15. It’s a Mystery to Me