Book summary: Flextactics -I

Though this book was written in the late eighties, It has a few nuggets well worth preserving. Few writers can articulate ideas like Dennis Waitley. Here are some of my takeaways

  • The new millennium needs a whole new way to set and achieve goals. Waitley christens his strategy, 'Flextactics'.
  • The following are the essence of his strategy

  • Tactic1: Risks
  • Embrace risks: Risks can enable one excel and be a force for good. They reap outstanding rewards. Taking a risk can be going with a new business idea and refusing to retreat at seeming reversals.
  • Incorporate yourself: See yourself as a virtual corporation offering services to others: your customers or even your current employer
  • Prepare for the naysayers. Prepare to be unstoppable
  • Expect the world to be indifferent to your ideas
  • Challenge your own assumptions. Talk to risk takers on the upside and the downside of taking risks.
  • You do not have to take all the risk at one time
  • You do not have to take the risk alone
  • You are never ever fully ready to take risks. Indeed fortune favors the brave.
  • Ask yourself:
If money or time were no consideration, what would you be doing?
What did you love to do as a child?
Are you now doing something you love?
Are you making a valuable contribution to others?
  • Tactic 2: Use the present to chart your future
  • Get a baseline by writing down
Your character strengths
Your natural talents
Your formal qualifications and skils acquired through self-study
  • Make a list of primary and professional mentors
  • Tactic 3: Set lifeforming goals to keep you on track
  • Ask yourself:
  • Do you want to stay in the same house/city/state/country?
  • Do you want to learn a new language?
  • Familiarize yourself with new technology?
  • Are your goals truly your own?
  • Do your goals benefit others as well?
  • Do not compare yourself with others. There will always be someone better than you in anything you are or do.

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