Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality, and Business Hardcover – 25 Feb 2014
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"In the spirit of Joseph Campbell, David Howitt takes his readers on a Hero's Journey for the twenty-first century. This book is for anyone looking for reassurance and guidance as they seek to carve a unique, examined life out of this modern wilderness."--Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive
""Heed Your Call "speaks to all of us. It challenges us to be authentic and complete. Written from the point of view of one modern-day hero and entrepreneur, this thoughtful book is a must read for all who are seeking a way to integrate happiness, purpose, and business."--Clare Hamill, vice president, Nike Growth Initiatives and founding board chair for Children's Cancer Association
"The message David delivers in his new book is what I believe to be an example of the journey we are all toward creating a more soulful economy. His ability to infuse wisdom and wonder into the realm of business is exactly what is required to create a union between business, spirit, and philanthropy."--Donna Karan, fashion designer
""Heed Your Call" is a manifesto for all of us who seek to be awake, live a life of purpose, "and" create abundance. I have used much of what David takes us through in my business, and the results have been staggering. The information and stories in this book empower us to take control of our lives, to create success, and to heal the world along the way. Big and powerful stuff."--Zach Smith, executive director Global Leadership
"It is not often that someone introduces such a new and fresh currency of inspiration and motivation that creates a road map for anyone to pursue significant change in their personal or business journey. Howitt's book is truly a mashup of today's most contemporary concepts packaged in a unique voice that provokes the idea that expanded consciousness will be the next most important meme."--Piper Carr, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Citizen, Inc.
""Heed Your Call "helps us to understand that life is yoga and shows us the yoga of business. In this book, David so eloquently reminds us that we can and must combine love, art, science, and commerce, and that when we do, amazing and meaningful things can and will happen."--Tiffany Cruikshank, international yoga teacher and health & wellness author
"David Howitt believes your life and career should be a spiritual journey, not just a job. His remarkable new book weaves together myth, science, spirit and business as never before. "Heed Your Call" is gripping, irreverent, and relevant. Read this book. It will change your life.--John Kroger, President, Reed College
"Reading "Heed Your Call", I realize many of us have been too heedless in our pursuit of the American Dream. We need to pause and listen, and the first person we should listen to is David Howitt. As we tune in to others like him, we tune in to ourselves and can pursue our dreams more wisely. This is critical reading for entrepreneurs who want to integrate business, purpose, and authenticity for success."--John Howard, founder and CEO, Irving Place Capital
"A truly rare and extraordinary book, filled with inspiration and practical wisdom. David Howitt is a gifted business adviser and entrepreneur who fully understands the importance of bringing deep empathy and intuition into our personal and professional lives."--Mark Robert Waldman, faculty, College of Business, Loyola Marymount University, and author of Words Can Change Your Brain
"Reading "Heed Your Call," I realize many of us have been too heedless in our pursuit of the American Dream. We need to pause and listen, and the first person we should listen to is David Howitt. As we tune in to others like him, we tune in to ourselves and can pursue our dreams more wisely. This is critical reading for entrepreneurs who want to integrate business, purpose, and authenticity for success."--John Howard, founder and CEO, Irving Place Capital
"David has unlocked the tools to truly 'heed my call.' As a career woman trying to balance a high pressure job with parenting two children, his constructs are invaluable and if followed, can dramatically support us in living our best lives filled with love, material wealth, peace, and most importantly, fun. David's voice in "Heed Your Call" resonates deeply with me and will for all who are ready to take the journey."--Lara Spencer, co-anchor of Good Morning America, NY Times bestselling author of I Brake for Yard Sales, and creator, executive producer, and host of HGTV's Flea
"Using examples from his journey and those of others, David demonstrates the virtues of embracing "and" analytics and intuition, empathy and facts, logic and story, art and science in both your business and personal pursuits...The lessons, stories, and ideas that he shares in "Heed Your Call "to be meaningful and transcendent...something important is happening in this book that will ultimately empower us, individually and collectively, to meet the great challenges that lie ahead."--Steve Wynee, former CEO of Adidas America and Sports Brands International (Fila)"
"David Howitt crystallizes the intuitive, demonstrating how tapping into the power within plugs us into the frequency of pure potential and guides us home to ourselves." Heed Your Call "is an essential toolbox filled with insight, authenticity, truth, and wisdom a gift toward your personal and professional transformation and to manifesting your true purpose."--Paulette Mae Cole, CEO, ABC Carpet and Home"
About the Author
David Howitt is the founder and CEO of the Meriwether Group--an NGO dedicated to reinvigorating the entrepreneurial spirit through grants, workshops, and activism. He is a visionary, entrepreneur, and advisor who has guided the financial, strategic, brand, and marketing of companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 companies, including such iconic brands as adidas, Dave's Killer Bread, KLIM, Pendleton, Solomon, yogitoes, Voodoo Doughnuts, and many others. Using the skills outlined in "Heed Your Call", he integrates vision and growth strategies with mission and purpose for meaningful success.
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There are at least two bottom-lines in this book:
01. You can have it all -- the trade-offs that CEOs have tended to make, sacrificing family and happiness (and often ethics as well) for the sake of the job are both unnecessary and counter-productive. AND, rather than EITHER/OR, is the central point of this book. Another word in this vein used by the author is HYBRID.
02. By integrating empathy, feelings, intuition, and a strong desire to SERVE, the authenticity, integral value, and sustainability of your entire offering will be radically enhanced, leading naturally to more and better (more ethical) money.
Multiple authors and mentors are deeply embedded into this book, here are just a few:
The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
My copy of the book is heavily marked up. I will not try to summarize the book beyond the few notes below.
+ Eye opener on the benefits of balance
+ Roadmap for personal and professional empowerment -- to the next level
+ Integration is how we experience the breath of God ("rauch")
+ Eleven lessons on transformation -- alone worth the price of the book
+ QUESTION AUTHORITY -- "standard practices" are TIRED not Wired
+ Key frame: who do you want to ATTRACT to you and your work as a calling?
+ Focus on connectedness to diversity not on finding "like" beings
+ Entrepreneurship is pre-cognitive genius
+ Empathy critical to appreciate the larger context beyond one's self
+ Digital world is further disolving community (see my review of The Big Disconnect: Why The Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics (Yet), also read on the airplane coming home)
+ AND is a disruptive opportunity
+ Trust and surrender are ASSETS
+ "The Force" is patience, flexibility, trust, surrender
+ Let go the guilt (a common theme in many such books, but I find the author compelling)
+ Co-create, stop trying to be in charge
+ Story telling matters
+ Studying archtypes and fiction helpful to testing new paths (I obsess too much on non-fiction, this gets my attention)
+ Language includes art and song
+ Definition of a hero: catalyzing change
The book ends with a manifesto, 19 guidelines. It also has three substantive appendices and a glossary.
QUOTE (133): "We must also welcome whole-brain consulting and intuitive analytics inot the language of commerce.
I am glad I bought this book, and certainly recommend it!
Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas
THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust
Perhaps you have wondered why the people who seem to have the most fortune in life are the least happy, or perhaps you are one of them. This book is for you. Or, perhaps you've spent your life so far saying that once you achieved "x" or "y", you would be happy, yet you've discovered after achieving "x" or "y" that you actually weren't any happier, so it must be "z" that will really put you over the top. This book is for you. Or perhaps you are stuck in a job or a relationship that you are unsatisfied with, yet have soldiered on, thinking that this is the way it's supposed to be. This book is for you. Or perhaps you're on what you think is your true path already, but you don't know for sure. This book is for you, too.
The Heed Your Call message--to live life authentically, to see challenges as opportunities and to see through false choices, is meaningful. It is important. And it has the potential--if you are willing to listen to it--to change your life.