READ IT - Aspire : Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words

Title : Aspire : DIscovering Your Purpose Through The Power of Word
Author : Kevin Hall
Format : Audiobook 
Summary : An expert recognized for his uncovering the hidden, and often secret meaning of words, Kevin Hall now shares his wisdom with us all. In Aspire! he teaches readers to understand what words mean in their purest sense and unlock their importance as they develop a thoughtful new vocabulary. As Stephen R. Covey so beautifully elucidates in his foreword, "this masterfully written book will help you understand that words have an inherent power, a force capable of lighting one′s paths and horizons. Used correctly and positively, words are the first building blocks for success and inner peace. Used incorrectly and negatively, they are capable of undermining even the best of intentions. This is true in business, in personal relationships, and every other walk of life." By focusing on eleven words-one per chapter--Aspire! shows how to use these words as building blocks for success and inner peace. The words, from the very familiar to the very unusual, will become touchstones in personal development and in business.

Why this book ? : One day, out of the blue, I noticed an image of the cover of this book on Jada Pinket Smith's facebook page with her comment saying that it was "simple but profound" and a "must read".  Since she's one of the people I find inspiring and insightful, I decided to give it a try. Also, the reviews online are good.

My Review : Loved it! It was simple but profound indeed. Basically the author gives you an explanation of eleven important words and goes into details as to what they mean and how they can benefit your everyday life. He also gives a lot of examples and anecdotes that further illustrate the meaning and impact of these words. There are a couple quotes that really got me like, but the main one is : "Talent wasted is a sin". If you don't develop your own personal and unique gift, you're not only depriving yourself but the people around you. That resonated with me: loud and clear. 

I listened to it two times already.  Now I want to take the time to do the exercise he suggests to the readers, which is to make your own Book of Greats and find people that represent each words defined in the book. I most definitely recommend this book. 

Favorite quotes and notes from the book
Never treat people in a condescending way, including yourself. 
Always have two books with you : One for reading and one for writing.
Talent wasted is a sin.
Anything is possible if you are willing to pay the price.
Starting is easy. Finishing is harder. 
Live life in crescendo.  
A master never stops learning.
To inspire is to breathe life into another