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The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Book: The Big Leap

Author: Gay Hendricks

Reason I was reading it: When I started hitting my goals in my career & life, I started to stress and worry. I started to self-sabotage and I turned to my mentor to help. She recommended I read this book.

Who it’s for: This is an incredible book for you to read if:

  • You want to add more joy to your life
  • You’re prone to self-sabotage (like me!)
  • You need some help with time management
  • You know you’re good at your job, but you want more from it

The main gist of it:

Hendricks speaks about “upper limit problems” which is basically the glass ceiling of happiness. Upper limits can appear at different times in your life, but for most people, it appears as worry, stress, physical ailment (such as stubbing your toe) or relationship issues (fighting with spouse etc). The cool thing about the book is that it actually gives you step by step instructions on how to move forward, and smash through your upper limit.

He also talks about the “zone of competence” and “zone of genius”. In basic terms, it’s the difference between doing something you’re good at, and doing something that lights your soul. I’d never considered this concept before, and it ties in nicely with the upper limits paradigm he presents.

Lastly, and certainly not least, he discusses his concept of time, which he calls Einstein time. To put it simply, he is turning the whole concept of time around so that you feel less stress, get more done, and generally feel happy about time (yes, it’s possible to actually feel happy about time!)

What I got out of it:

  • How to identify upper limits in action
  • A better relationship with my husband (you might be thinking ‘what the hell has that got to do with anything’ – my manifestation of upper limits was becoming a real bitch, and I think my husband bore the brunt of it)
  • Understanding the zone-of-genius concept, which helped me to change my work into a much more enjoyable experience

The Verdict: Read it. I can’t think of one person in life who this book isn’t relevant for.  Do it.

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