McDonald, Bob & Hutcheson, Don, PhD. Don’t Waste Your Talent: The 8 Critical Steps to Discovering What You Do Best. Revised Second Edition. 2005.
For anyone who wants to explore their own natural abilities, and the critical role they play in work and personal life. It includes ‘thought experiments’ that help you apply the material to your own situation. The authors have synthesized a “Personal Vision Process,” which addresses most factors that need to be considered when formulating your life’s direction. The authors created The Highlands Program in 1992, and this book introduces you to the thinking behind the Highlands Ability Battery and the “Personal Vision Process.”
Fritz, Robert. The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life. 1989. Fritz, a professional musician and composer and never a fan of contemporary psychology, has developed his own ideas about stimulating creativity into a refreshing and powerful approach. The title refers to the path water always takes, and how we can use that analogy to shape our lives to support the creative outcomes we want.
Olsen Laney, Marti. PsyD. The Introvert Advantage. How to Thrive in An Extrovert World. 2002. This book makes many excellent suggestions to Introverts for maximizing their strengths and transforming their challenges. This book has been recommended to us by several Introverts.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, PhD. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life. 1997. This watershed work is clearly written, and is a thrilling synthesis of research and original thinking. ‘Enough’ challenge, combined with clear goals and feedback can focus us so as to be ‘in the zone,’ not for a sporting event, but for life.
Whyte, David. Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity. 2001.
The message in this work by poet and corporate creativity consultant, David Whyte, is that work can be the crucible in which our deepest Self is shaped, refined and nurtured. Utilizing the metaphors of a sea voyage and a holy pilgrimage, we arrive understanding that fulfillment comes from work that expresses our true selves and that gives back to the world. His approach is part philosophy, part memoir, and part poetic illumination.