The Daily Six: Simple Steps to Prosperity and Purpose

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Time-tested life-changing strategies to show how anyone can be financially and professionally successful-without becoming spiritually bankrupt.

For years, John Chappelear's personal mantra was "Everything! All the Time! Right Now!" A success by almost every standard, Chappelear had created a multimillion-dollar business from scratch, owned luxury homes and cars, and enjoyed all the benefits that lots of cash can buy. This all-consuming quest for more, however, ultimately led to a divorce and estrangement from his children. Then, in a bitter twist of fate, he lost the business that he had worked so relentlessly to build.

Today, as a self-described recovering Big Shot, Chappelear has committed himself to the pursuit of "success with significance." In changing the priorities of his own life, he developed and codified "The Daily Six"-six practices and truths that provide a bridge between career success and personal well-being, and which have become the cornerstone of his corporate and personal consulting work.

Changing the focus of one's life begins with "willingness," germinates in "quiet time," and flourishes through "service to others." The journey to a well-balanced life is enlightened by "love and forgiveness" and is enabled by "gratitude," but can only be fulfilled through "action." When observed daily, these practices result in both career achievement and personal contentment.

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More books about spiritual renewal have hit the shelves of business and management literature in recent years, as a generation of kinder, gentler leaders comes of age. Compared to earlier practitioners of the proverbial stiff upper lip, this new group of leaders grapples more openly with issues of burnout and emotions generally, and finds solace in books such as Resonant Leadership and The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life. Following in this tradition comes The Daily Six, which offers its own recipe for business leaders seeking to preserve their mental health amid stressful environments.

Author John Chappelear writes from personal experience. A classically driven, Type A personality, he opens his book by telling readers about his own entrepreneurial adventures, first in building a 50-person company, then his subsequent fall from the grace of a "multi-million dollar business, a beautiful home on the Potomac River, luxury cars, and more." Chappealear lost his way, he explains, due to a lack of perspective on his own situation, which in turn rearranged his values and left him making poor, ill-considered decisions. Without the ability to balance prosperity with purpose, he quickly felt the strain of a difficult and unsustainable life, not to mention business situation.

Fortunately for readers, from the crucible of his experience, Chappelear has forged recommendations on how they can avoid fates similar to his. They come in the form of 6 values, or strategies, which he counsels business leaders to practice on a daily basis. The values are: willingness, quiet time for reflection or meditation, love and forgiveness, service to others, gratitude, and action.

How individuals will practice the book's "Daily Six" recommendations may differ. What Chappelears offers is commentary on why they should adopt these six values or practices over others. Not every reader will enjoy the emotionally open, psychologically candid nature of this book. However, those who want a tonic from the everyday humdrum of business, and who want practical suggestions on how they can turn toxic situations into tolerable ones, could do worse than to consult Chappelear's manual for self-improvement. The small steps it recommends can lead to big changes. --Peter Han

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John Chappelear is president and founder of Changing the Focus, a national consulting firm that provides keynote speeches, retreats, seminars, and coaching for business executives. He also provides consulting and educational training through CareerTrack and National Seminars Group, two of the major training organizations in the United States. He writes for The Washington Business Journal, The Cincinnati Business Journal, and The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. END

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