“The High Achiever's Guide to Happinessis a very practical book that provides both a strategic framework to understand why high achievers do what they do as well as plenty of real-life examples on how to achieve the right work/life balance in your own life. I found this to be a refreshing reminder of what's really important in my own life as well as what I need to do to keep it all in perspective. Highly recommended reading.”
—Kip Knight, Vice President, Marketing
“A great reference to get people thinking about themselves and their professional happiness. A school leader could use this information with teachers, students, parent groups, and community groups.”
—Gwen Gross, Superintendent
Manhattan Beach Unified School District, CA
“This book makes a contribution to the entire world. From educators to professionals in any work organization, all would benefit from using the practices in this book in their lives.”
—Kim Boelkes, Principal
Eastview Elementary School, Canton, IL
“The authors got me thinking about my own life purpose, for whom I am living, and my vision. I found the strategies useful and positive!”
—Gail Houghton, Chair/Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Azusa Pacific University
Do you feel that happiness and fulfillment are still missing even after reaching the high goals you set for yourself?
You're not alone. According to research by well-known educator and life coach to Fortune 500 leaders Vance Caesar, only 8 percent of high achievers feel happy and fulfilled. This simple, straightforward, easy-to-reference guide explores the profile of a high achiever and provides tools throughout for improving one's own leadership style and incorporating more happiness along the way. The authors provide leaders and aspiring leaders with seven keys to gain fulfillment in all areas of life, including one's career:
Discovering and articulating your life Purpose; Possessing a Vision to set your direction; Attitudes and beliefs for finding Meaningful Work; Developing Energizing Relationships; Creating Peace in your life; Reviewing, Renewing, and Recommitting to your purpose; Forming the habits of Discipline
Filled with personal anecdotes, thought-provoking examples and questions, reflection exercises, and easy-to-implement models, this inspirational resource is a must for those interested in more deeply connecting personal values, vision, and satisfaction to life and work and in modeling that connection for others. This is a book you will return to again and again as your personal life coach!
Chapter 1: Foundations of Achievers
Foundations of Achievers
The greatest gift of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
High Achievers are:
- Saddled with shaky self-esteem
[Page 3]Twelve years ago, Vance found himself repeatedly asking the same question. Why is it that some people from similar backgrounds achieve a lot while others do not? After much research and observation, four characteristics of high achievers emerged. From this research, Vance developed his foundation about high achievers.
This foundation is that high achievers are driven, responsible, confident, and saddled with shaky self-esteem. Yes, that sounds different than what you probably expect! Let's define our terms.
“Drivenness” is often noticeable as early as age two. We define it as an ability to multi-process while being actively engaged in ...