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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration – And Make Work Exciting Again
Author:  Scott Mautz
Publisher:  HarperCollins
List Price:   $39.95
Format:  Hardcover, 245 pages
Publication Date: October 2017
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3822-0
Reviewer: Lusetha Rolle, PMP
Review Date: October 2018

 



Introduction

Find the Fire is a book that begins with identifying the forces that drain inspiration.  It then proceeds to suggest 9 antidotes to help renew passion and restore inspiration and motivation towards one’s work, career and dreams. The author argued that there is a significant difference between motivation and inspiration; inspiration leads to   motivation and is more enduring.

Inspiration compels us to act even in a soul-crushing work environment or our own debilitating hang-ups and habits.  He reported that “Research claims that optimism is the single biggest predictor of resiliency and even has the power to undo the negative effects of a stressful experience” (pg. 5).  The book guides you on a journey to discover ways to become more resilient and to persevere.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has 245 pages with 11 chapters. After identifying the forces that are in opposition to motivation, inspiration and growth the author suggests how to overcome them. Nine chapters focus on each of the antidotes to restoring inspiration; relinquish fear, reject settling and boredom, relieve inundation, revitalize dwindling self-belief, revert loss of control, reverse disconnectedness, reconstitute the dearth of creating, reformulate insignificance and rediscovery for the lack of evocation.

The author organizes the core concepts so they are presented with a pleasing and appropriate amount of humor; which makes for an easy and interesting read.  It opens with a familiar and agreeable vice; fear.  The progression of the book leads to an in-depth introspection of our choices as we face obstacles; the possible options, alternatives and how to gain desired outcomes while facing adversity.

The concluding chapter is “The Bonfire” and is used as a summary of each chapter.  It lists in chart form the anti-muse, antidote and the anti-body.  This is a great quick, easy to read cross reference of the concepts presented. The book closes with acknowledgements, notes (references) for each chapter and an index of terms and the pages where they are used.

Highlights

A major theme is that inspiration can lead to creativity.  We are inspired to create, connect, produce and pursue.  The author claims that inspiration can be evoked or come from within.  Either should compel us to act.

Fear was noted as the most devastating of all the anti-muses because it distorts reality.  Fear of failure, change and criticism are debilitating.  Making choices and setting priorities decreases procrastinating and perfectionism. If you want to increase your success rate, increase your failure rate. Which can only happen with repeated attempts towards one’s goals.

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About the Reviewer


Lusetha Rolle, MBA, PMP

Maryland, USA

 

 

Lusetha Rolle is manager of accreditation services for the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).  In her role, she manages a team that assists in the proper education of a caring and trained nursing workforce that improves the health of our nation.  As a seasoned mid-level manager, she brings over 15 years of experience in project management, information systems, and health sciences.  She is a member of the PMI and the PMI Silver Spring chapter.  She enjoys travel, theater, swimming and reading.  She is proud to have served as a Gulf War veteran.

Lusetha can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected]

 

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