DIRECTION
How To Say “It Mattered” At The End Of Your Life. [Unwritten. A Book Review]

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Taliah-Kate Byron, Badass Beings, Australia
3 June 2016

God doesn’t make extras.

Normal and traditional aren’t you.

So how do you find your way and #followyourheart?

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here is a shifting paradigm as to how to “do life”.

The 9-5 lifestyle has been challenged.

Off the beaten path is becoming a norm – with the added bonus of far more fulfilment and purpose.

Yet how does one tap into such a lucrative lifestyle, when you have about as much direction as running late to the family Christmas BBQ with a flat phone (think: no sat nav, no idea of where you are meant to be except that the street started with a B and no Eddie Maguire’s phone-a-friend for help)?!

Enter: Unwritten.

Fresh off the press, you’re going to want to get your paws on the real deal pages.

(Do yourself a favour. Ditch the kindle for this one.)

Lemony Snicket Fans – WARNING!

You will be delighted with flashbacks onset by the unevenly cut paper.

Yet it’s the paper, coupled with hand selected stories of the greats and quotes that had my manuscript running with pink highlighter.

Orchestrated to charm, by the end of the last page you’ll be on a quest to believe in, grow into and evolve out of your best self.

The second written child of Jack Delosa – this guy comes with his fair share of street cred:

  • founder of The Entourage, Australia’s largest education institution for entrepreneurs,
  • named one of Australia’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 30 twice by Dynamic Business Magazine & SmartCompany
  • sitting pretty on the BRW Young Rich List since 2014.

He knows a thing – or few.

So if your current career is like being forced to watch a four hour Italian opera in the nosebleed seats when all you know is spaghetti and ciao – we need to talk.

Or rather, your eyeballs need to get busy.

It’s time to break out. #nomoreprisonlife

Your Prison Break Teachers

Their Distinctions + Where To Find Them

Entrepreneurship, Viewing Your Work + Legacy: Jack Delosa (p. 4-7)

“Your life’s work is an extension of who you are.

Entrepreneurship is not a rational decision. We do not talk such a challenging path because it gives us something to do; we walk it because it reflects who we are here to be.”

Sucker punch truth: my work is a spiritual practice. Treat it so.

From there, a legacy grows.

On Vulnerability + Being (A Graceful) Human: Richard Branson (p.13)

Ever ventured to wonder what it’d be like to be a fly on the wall of one of the world’s most celebrated and playful entrepreneurs?

Jack recounts his first-hand observations at one of his most devastating loses – the loss of a pilot on a Virgin Galactic flight.

Spoiler: We are all human.

We have heartaches, we care – and are trying to do the best by ourselves and the people we love and support.

Having The Courage To Challenge The Status Quo: Albert Einstein (p.43)

We came out of college knowing everything about the history of science, but nothing of the future.

At 26, while still working six days a week in a completely unrelated-to-science job, Einstein published four papers that could come to be known as his Annus Mirabilis, his Miracle Year. Cue: two centuries of scientific enquiry completely overthrown.

Listening To Intuition: Oprah (p.57)

“ Every decision that has profited me has come from listening to that inner voice first, and every time I’ve gotten into a situation where I was in trouble, it was because I didn’t listen to it.”

Having Vision + Multiple Missions: Elon Musk (Founder Paypal, CEO Tesla) (p.95)

What do I want to dedicate my life’s work to?

Behold, the unfolding of a man’s vision to enable the future of humanity.

Importance of Values + Upholding Them: Steve Jobs (p.116, 120)

We believe in the simple, not the complex. The first thing we ask is: What do we want people to feel? Delight. Surprise. love. Connection. Then we begin to craft our intention.

Marketing + Standing Out : Nike & Steve Jobs (p.127-8)

You aren’t what you sell. You are what your audience believes about themselves from owning and consuming your product. Exhibit A: Nike.

Rebuilding Yourself After Setbacks & Heartaches: J.K Rowling (p.148)

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

She’s been credited for doing more for childhood literacy than other person in history. Yet her Harry Potter series was vastly shaped through the process of dealing with death and rebuilding herself after the loss of her mother. 

Questions to journal on when dealing with a difficult situation.

Importance of Self Teaching + Having initiative: Nelson Mandela (p.163)

Mandela was not born a revolutionary; he taught himself to become one.

Afterall, Rome wasn’t build in a day.

On Failure: Sara Blakely (Founder Spanx, 2012 Time’s Most 100 Influential People)

Sara, what did you fail out this week?”

– A weekly conversation posed by her father during her school days.

“I failed the LSAT [Law School Admission Test]. Basically, if I had not failed, I’d have been a lawyer and there would be no Spanx. I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you off course.

Sharing Your Dream (From The Heart, Not The Script): Martin Luther King (p.189)

You want goosebumps knowing nature intervenes? The real story behind the legendary I Have A Dream speech is sure to reinstate a belief that nothing goes by you that isn’t meant for you.

“The most famous dream in history was going to remain unspoken because the custodian of the dream didn’t deem is worthy to be shared until one of his friends gave him a push.”

Which of your dreams are still unwritten?

Nab your copy + join the convo. What’s your biggest distinctions from the book and what questions do you have for Jack? 

Unwritten

What You Need To Know

Days Took To Casually Read

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Number Of Pages That Contained Highlighter

  • Mindset 90% 90%
  • Strategy 10% 10%
  • Content Is Stories 60% 60%

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