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Publisher's Summary

How do you create your own definition of success - and reach your unique potential? Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes courage and hard work. Too often, we charge down a path leading to “success” as defined by those around us - and ultimately, are left feeling dissatisfied. Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success? The truth is, it can seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing - for now - leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path. Is there a road map that will enable you to defy conventional wisdom, resist peer pressure, and carve out a path that fits your unique skills and passions?
Harvard Business School’s Robert Steven Kaplan, leadership expert and author of the highly successful book What to Ask the Person in the Mirror, regularly advises executives and students on how to tackle these questions. In this indispensable new book, Kaplan shares a specific and actionable approach to defining your own success and reaching your potential. Drawing on his years of experience, Kaplan proposes an integrated plan for identifying and achieving your goals. He outlines specific steps and exercises to help you understand yourself more deeply, take control of your career, and build your capabilities in a way that fits your passions and aspirations.
Are you doing what you’re really meant to do? If you’re ready to face this question, this book can help you change your life.
©2013 Robert Steven Kaplan (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Rob Kaplan has spent years mentoring and coaching executives and young professionals, and there is no one any better. This audiobook is a superb guide for helping people understand themselves and reach their unique potential.” (Henry M. Paulson, Jr., seventy-fourth secretary of the US Department of the Treasury; Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs, 1999 - 2006)
"Rob Kaplan’s brilliant new book inspires you to reach your full potential by taking responsibility for your development as a leader and as a human being. If you follow his thoughtful, pragmatic approach, you will live an even more satisfying life. Filled with real-world examples, Kaplan helps you build your road map to fulfillment.” (Bill George, professor, Harvard Business School; author, Authentic Leadership and True North)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Sherry McNee on 01-27-14

VERY MISLEADING career growth orientated

What would have made What You're Really Meant To Do better?

Better would have spent the first chapter on something more interesting than why to read the book. I do have it already. The second chapter discussed how to get more out of your annual employment interview (I'm self employed, not helpful). The third chapter focused on coaching and mentoring, still no information about how to figure out what you (or I) am ment to do

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Steven Kaplan again?

No, no, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars, heck NO

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By A. Yoshida on 11-28-13

Answer is from within, not the book

I think the title creates an unrealistic expectation -- that after reading this book, you'll know what you're meant to do. It doesn't. The answer doesn't come from someone else. You have to do some soul searching and identify what makes you happy. That's not new, nor any of the other concepts in this book. The book is useful in that it contains stories that readers can relate to... and maybe one of these stories will spark an insight or motivate a person to take actions for a career move.

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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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