Todd Dewett | December 1, 2020
I’m thrilled to share that my new book Live Hard is now available. I need your help. Buy a copy – buy two – hey, what about your whole team? This just might be the perfect holiday gift for any professional. Buy your copy here: https://amzn.to/2HOUJeB.
To get you thinking, I’d like to share the dedication and introduction….
To those who have dreamed, worked tirelessly, failed, and tried again. To the brave people in all walks of life who push back and demand more of themselves and others. To the geeks and rebels who forge their own paths. To the friends, family members, and others who support us when we strive to be more. To the entrepreneurs who create new things and inspire. To the educators and thinkers who give us the tools. To anyone who believes that more is possible. This is for you.
To live hard is to live fully. That might mean different things at different times. Sometimes it means throwing caution to the wind. Other times it means clinging to discipline to ensure focus and achievement. Sometimes it’s about the necessity of sacrifice or having the courage to do the right thing. It’s often about upending the status quo. It’s always about dreaming big and living bigger.
The idea for this book began while I was a young professor and was asked to teach an elective MBA course focused on creativity, innovation, and change. I loved teaching that course. We had fun, we took risks, and people learned a lot. Some of those lessons are noted in the pages that follow.
I told the students I intended to write a book encompassing the principles we covered. Originally, it was going to be more traditional, similar to a textbook, or maybe streamlined like The Little Black Book of Leadership. That would be very useful, but these topics are emotional and deserve a format that allows the emotions to breathe. Thus, the stories, essays, and rants you’ll find here.
Many people deserve credit for these ideas. Mostly, however, I’m thankful for the kids in high school who followed their own path: the skaters, outcasts, misfits, and nerds. I was friends with a few of them. Others I admired from a distance. Most kids dreamed of joining the cliques of cool kids in school. Not me. I wanted to be a confident outsider, a punk, an honest original for better or for worse. It took me nearly thirty years to achieve that level of honesty, but I made it. So, thanks.
For me, live hard means to zealously chase meaning and success on your own terms. You have to do this in the face of too many people in your life who preach caution. This comes from love, but only serves up safety disguised as wisdom. Live hard is a paradigm that suggests it’s righteous to try, fail, learn, and try again. Life is about reaching for what is possible while happily accepting the inherent challenges associated with striving.
My assumption is that if you’re reading this, you want to accelerate the progress in your life. There are so many specific tools I wish to discuss, but in the end, you just need to know how to do three things: live fearlessly, create success, and embrace the future. Each of these interrelated topics receives about one-third of the book. Every chapter will motivate, inspire, and add perspective to your journey. I’ll also give you various targets for action – things that need to be shaken up – whether some of your behaviors or beliefs or aspects of your professional life.
Remember, this is “live hard,” not “live easy.” Improving your current situation will take a lot of work, and it’s not risk-free. To make your team better is even harder. Improving your entire department or division, even harder. Changing your entire organization, immensely harder. Changing your community, changing the world – infinitely harder. No need to fret! It all starts with you improving yourself, one small change at a time.
Read the book. Work on yourself. Start to think bigger. Choose one meaningful target for change. Make progress. Repeat. Have fun!
After the dedication and introduction are twenty stories that will become seared into your memory. It’s the stories that make the book so sharable. It’s the stories from which I’m crafting a new keynote that you’ll hear when I see you at that big conference or your next big company event. It’s the stories that will stir your emotions and move you to think, explore, try, and believe that more is always possible. It’s the stories that will remind you to Live Hard! Find the book here: https://amzn.to/2HOUJeB.
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Remember to take one step at a time. The toughest part of change is perspective and focus. So you face an immense challenge and can glimpse the work it will take to survive and thrive. The work ahead feels utterly daunting. It will crush you if you focus on the big picture full-time. Don’t do that. Glimpse it, plan, and strategize – great. Then focus on the here and now – the next step you need to take. Then make today happen. Do your very best to get focused on the success you need today. Do the same tomorrow. Within a few days, you’ll have all the strength you need to take another look at the big picture. Look, adjust your goals and strategy if needed, then move those eyes right back to today. Time to take another step. Then another. You got this.
From the world’s most-watched leadership authority, top authenticity expert, and life-changing coach, Dr. Todd Dewett, comes the book that will teach you how to live more completely, more creatively, and with less compromise. Did you know that you’re capable of achieving far more than you’ve ever imagined? Are you tired of always living by the rules? Not being able to express yourself? Not being able to feel whole or connected? Not feeling like you’re engaged in life? Let go of that burden. There’s a better way. Live hard. Live knowing you maxed out your potential. Live knowing your voice was heard. Feel the satisfaction of knowing you added value to the best of your ability. Rest assured that you asserted yourself smartly and completely. Dr. Dewett helps you confront the realities of success in a way that renders them understandable, actionable, and reachable. Find out the secret to building the right mentality and engaging the right behaviors. Find success. Live Hard.