Success by Instinct: Use What Animals Already Know to Boost Your Career

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Success by Instinct is a unique and useful resource for anyone seeking career guidance. William Boswell provides universally recognized, effective principles that work, all drawn from the instincts and habits of animals. With powerful, pithy lessons, personal accounts, and motivational quotes interspersed throughout, this book becomes your personal career counselor?whatever your career may be. Refreshingly free of theories and platitudes . . . as useful for undergraduates and professional-level students as it is for university career counselors and others involved in higher education. ?Dr. Angela O. Terry Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, North Carolina Central University A new, exciting perspective that can be embraced by anyone seeking practical advice, considering career options, encountering challenges within an organization, . . . or seeking personal reassurance. ?Andrew A. Venable, Jr. Director, Cleveland Public Library A compelling and simple analysis of the dilemma one confronts in the current environment . . . a series of solutions which are basic, elemental, and when practiced, will boost one's career. ?Robert P. Madison Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Robert P. Madison International

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As one example of his lessons from nature, Boswell points out that African elephants have the size, strength, and speed to dominate their worlds. Though they recognize and accept their potential for dominance, they usually use these attributes for self defense, and lead relatively gentle lives characterized by cooperation.

In addition to applying ideas and principles from the animal kingdom to working in the public and private sectors, Boswell shares tips and experiences from his own years of working in business and government. He spent 30 years working for The Standard Oil Company and affiliated and successor companies in the U.S. and abroad, retiring as Senior Vice President of BP America in Cleveland, Ohio in 1999. He then accepted a special appointment as Director, Agency Wide Shared Services of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. for 4 years before retiring again in 2003. His responsibilities at IRS included managing personnel, overseeing buildings, and supervising security for the agency. He was serving in that role when hijackers flew planes into buildings in New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001.

Boswell said he wrote this book after his retirement to identify issues that hinder success and to offer practical guidance that can be beneficial both professionally and socially. He hopes that the book will improve the likelihood of an individual's personal and/or organizational success.

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"These principles have been around since the beginning of time. They are instinctively used by animals in their environment to achieve enormous success. I spent a lot of time observing people in Corporate America, while performing community service and throughout life in general. I saw many people succeed and many fail. The failures were not only due to a lack of technical ability, but because other pertinent skills were not developed. I learned a lot as I was going along. I did not know many of these skills in advance, but as I learned them, I was able to apply them in subsequent circumstances. This is what I want others to do as well. I wanted the reader to be able to form a mental picture, which would help them remember the principles and apply them over a lifetime. Reading the book and not applying the principles and lessons will not necessarily bring success. Because the principles are universal, not everyone applying them in the same way will experience success the same way. It depends on each individual circumstance. One of my favorite examples is the beaver. The beaver has a work ethic that is unmatched. They are a part of the rat family. Yet, they are able to distinguish themselves from other rodents. We have to do that as individuals. We cannot accept the names and labels people place on us, we must believe in ourselves and do what is critical for us if we are to get the job done. The principles do work. It's not a theoretical book. There is enough theory out there. This book is practical, an easy read. Anyone can pick it up and gain from it. They are lessons from animals and lessons from humans. I am trying to pass along what I learned, experienced, or observed over the years. I want to try to prevent others from learning the hard way."

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