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Book: Don't Waste Your Talent: The 8 Critical Steps To Discovering What You Do Best

Every one of us is born with the ability to be great at something. The secret lies in identifying that ability and using it.  Indeed, the sense that they are not engaged in a career that is well suited to their personality, talents or interests is a major reason why many lawyers feel unfulfilled and burned out after a few years of practice. Maybe they are collaborative by nature, but are stuck practicing in a confrontational specialty such as litigation. Or maybe they are entrepreneurial and feel stifled by the rigid hierarchy of a large law firm.

Lawyers seeking to identify their natural talents may want to read Don't Waste Your Talent: The 8 Critical Steps To Discovering What You Do Best, by Bob McDonald, Ph.D., and Don Hutcheson.  McDonald and Hutcheson asked hundreds of successful people: what made you successful? Everyone's story was different, but each shared a common denominator - all successful people create and are guided by a clear personal vision - an accurate and precise picture of the work that expresses their talents best.

Thank you to career coach Monica Parker for recommending this book.

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Just read the CNN fn article -

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/10/30/8391794/index.htm?postversion=2006101715

on What it takes to be Great. A different take than suggested here.

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