Personal Brilliance - Mastering the Everyday Habits that Create a Lifetime of Success
by Jim Canterucci
reviewed by Steven Bryce

A Lifetime of Success is the kind of outcome we are all striving for, be it in our work relationships, our home life and our personal relationships. Jim Canterucci believes we can achieve this success by turning into habits the four natural abilities of :

Awareness - The more aware we are - self-aware, conscious of our environment, and cognizant of the particular issues we face - the better equipped we are to succeed.

Curiosity - The awareness we build through interaction and reflection makes us curious to learn even more. We expand our view and dig even deeper in our search for answers.

Focus - Curiosity leads us to look all around us, but this 360 degree view, like a spotlight, must be in sharp focus, illuminating solutions and opportunities.

Initiative - With the many possible paths we identify through our awareness, curiosity, and focus, we will need to call on our initiative - every day - to set these success-creating plans in motion and begin reaping their rewards.

Canterucci suggests that "turning all four of these innate abilities into daily habits and using them together makes the wheel of personal innovation spin ! " That " by harnessing the power of each of these habits, your level of personal success and fulfillment will soar."

It is likely you are quite well developed in some of these catalysts, but it is when all four become daily habits that you get the best possible outcomes.

Canterucci uses a website at www.MyPersonalBrilliance.com , to allow you to do your own "Personal Brilliance Quotient Assessment". He suggests you do it at the beginning of the book and then again at the end to see the kind of improvements you can make just by dedicating the time to reading the book and going through some of the exercises in the book.

Depending on your scores in each of the abilities, you may want to prioritize which section you start your reading with, to get maximum value out of your time.

He suggests the use of a "personal brilliance notebook" to "collect all your thoughts in one central location"

All of these suggestions make very good sense and really help the transition between the reading and acquiring of knowledge and putting it into daily practice.

He also uses quotes at the beginning of each section which are very thought provoking (here are a couple I found particularly enlightening) :

"To accomplish great things we must firm dream, then visualize, then plan . . . . . believe . …..act !" Alfred A. Mantapert, Author

" The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." William James, Psychologist and Philosopher

"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention." Greg Anderson, The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness

Taking the first step

"All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With each additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first." Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet & Essayist

It takes adults between twenty-one and twenty-eight days of practice to break a habit and create a new one. The reading of this book will certainly get you on your way to making awareness, curiosity, focus and initiative part of your daily life.

I found it to be a very good read, and a solid reminder of those most uncommon of all things . . .. .common sense ! I trust you will enjoy making the most of your "personal brilliance"



Personal Brilliance:
Mastering the Everyday Habits that Create a Lifetime of Success

by Jim Canterucci
AMACOM
July 2005

Steven Bryce C.A is a consultant, trainer, coach, and turnaround change artist, with 20 years of senior financial and logistics experience in some of Canada’s largest retailers and 3rd party logistics providers. Steven is currently a Partner with kaconnection - Executive Recruiting and a regular reviewer for The CEO Refresher. He can reached at 905 625-4032.

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