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Book Report – Elevate by Robert Glazer

Below are lessons from Elevate author Robert Glazer… and another guru. Use these wisely in business and life and when waxing classic cars.
  • Capacity building – in short, the endless pursuit of innate potential – is not about doing more in general, rather doing more of the right things.
  • Inspiration without follow-through and commitment may have some value but won’t be good enough to affect real change.
  • Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand? (That’s a Mr. Miyagi quote, but still.)
  • Alignment between activities and values will energize you; failure to do so is tantamount to navigating life sans GPS.
  • If you cannot name your core purpose or values, draft an obituary for help in outlining how you’d like to be remembered.
  • Gathering feedback from others leads to lifelong learning, improvement, and increased self-awareness, but many don’t seek it enough or even at all.
  • Success and achievement are two different things. The latter includes having clarity on what is and isn’t important and acting accordingly.
  • Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. (Another dose of Miyagi never hurts, right?)
  • True leadership is a two-way street of holding direct reports accountable while craving the same standard for oneself.
  • Stress, once a temporary boost of adrenaline for cave people on the run, has become normal and permanent, leading to poor health.
  • Treat the game of competition as an opportunity to outdo your old self instead of others, helping those around you to improve as well.
  • Welcome life’s setbacks and focus on your response to same, for that’s what helps shape character and clear goals.
  • A so-called friend who discourages your attempts to evolve is simply chickenshit about taking risks in their own sad dance through life.
  • Grateful folks know the universe owes them nothing and that indeed gratitude leads to the healthiest state we enjoy: presence.
  • Perhaps Glazer’s best idea: List the 30 most important people in your life and contact – by call, email, note, whatever – one per day for a month.
  • Okay, Miyagi – take us home: Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later… get squish just like grape.
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Kathleen Woods
8 months ago

I love this list! Good advice! Thank you for sending me this review.

Bruce MacDougall
8 months ago

Excellent summary Chris, thanks for sharing it.

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