UNSTUCKA Story About Gaining Perspective, Creating Traction, and Pursuing Your Passion
Untwist the question mark from your life to start living authentically UNSTUCK offers a path forward for those who are "stuck"—despite the comfort, security, and what should feel like success. Do you feel disengaged from a life that looks good on paper? Do you feel like there must be something more? This is your guide to getting unstuck, breaking free of your comfortable cocoon, and discovering what you are meant to be. Through the story of George Johnson, a man in a position much like yourself, you'll learn how to shed the boredom, emptiness, and confusion so you can get on with your life. Whether you need a complete overhaul or just a jumpstart, you'll find the advice you need to start making it happen. More than just a story, this book shifts your perspective to help you realistically plan a transition from the ordinary present to the extraordinary future; emotional support coupled with practical guidance helps you find your path, identify your destination, and begin your journey. Re-think your purpose in life and discover your calling Rediscover the truth about yourself and who you really want to be Follow a clear formula for moving forward with authenticity Break out of your comfort zone and feel fully alive The fact that you've succeeded doesn't mean that you can never change; your dedication, commitment, and skills got you this far—imagine what they could do with a healthy dose of passion! You Unstuck re-acquaints you with your authentic self, helps you uncover your passion, and guides you toward your next big thing.
Foreword by Jon Gordon ix Introduction xi The Fable 1 The STOP Sign 3 Confession 7 Back at the Bank 11 Losing Heart 15 The Phone Call 23 Warning Sign 33 Alive, but Not Living 39 Perspective 47 ER 61 Daisies 67 Gone Missing 73 Everyone Needs Traction 79 Relief 89 Reflection 95 It’s in the Doing 101 Action 107 Renewal 113 Welcome Back 123 Six Months Later 135 Application Guide: Applying the Traction Formula and the Six-Phase Model to Your Life 139 Suggestions for Those Who Lead Others 206 Acknowledgments 217 About the Authors 219 Stay In Touch 221 Index 223
DAN WEBSTER is a lifelong student, practitioner and pioneer in the area of leadership and life development. He founded Authentic Leadership, Inc, in 1995 with the vision to train and inspire leaders to live authentic lives of great impact. Dan has also been a distinguished visiting scholar in the Values-Driven Leadership PhD/D.B.A. program at Benedictine University outside Chicago. Learn more about Dan at www.danwebster.com. RANDY GRAVITT is an author, speaker, and life coach who spends his time encouraging leaders. In 2014, Randy founded INTEGREAT Leadership, a company whose mission is to grow a generation of integrity-based leaders. His work includes training high performance teams for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and serving as one of the leadership coaches for the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization. Learn more about Randy's work at www.randygravitt.com.
Getting stuck is frustrating. Whether your truck is stuck in the mud or you're stuck in a job or relationship that isn't fulfilling you anymore, the predicament is real and the way out is rarely obvious to the person who is trapped. The answer wasn't clear to George Johnson, the fictitious bank president with a successful career, good salary, new car, and a loving family. Yes, he got mired down in his career and life, until he met a barista named Jim Clarke who showed him the formula for getting unstuck. In UNSTUCK, you follow the narrative of George's path to renewal and discover how to apply the transformational lessons he learned to your life. Written by leadership and life development experts Dan Webster and Randy Gravitt, the successful authorial team behind Finding Your Way, this engaging parable fully explains the six phases we all go through during our careers in a universal way, regardless of your industry and position. From the excitement of working in your vocation and drawing a paycheck to developing your skills and contributing to the organization to eventually becoming . . . well, miserable. The insightful perspectives shared by the characters are completely relatable and demonstrate that becoming stuck isn't uncommon and certainly isn't hopeless. While you can prepare yourself for getting UNSTUCK in any of the earlier stages of your career, reaching the misery phase is essential for turning around your situation. Only by recognizing what is truly blocking your happiness can you move forward. But how? After pushing through with hard work, many people learn they only become more stuck, which is why the dependable formula presented inside saves so many people from never advancing out of the misery stage—it provides tangible steps to gain traction. This endlessly useful resource will stay at your fingertips for its: Easy-to-understand explanations of how we grow during our careers, both in our vocations and as people Immediately actionable advice for uncovering the person you've grown into and how to align your authentic self with your daily work Standalone Field Guide to help you create real traction in your life and work Getting stuck isn't the end—it's actually the starting point to becoming UNSTUCK.
Praise for UNSTUCK "Randy Gravitt and Dan Webster are two of my heroes! They have helped me navigate many of life's ups and downs with grace and purpose. I'm excited they decided to share their wisdom with the rest of the planet. If you want to accomplish more than you ever thought possible while protecting what matters most in this life, these guys are your guides!" —Mark Miller, VP, High Performance Leadership, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and bestselling author of Chess Not Checkers and The Heart of Leadership "Momentum is a powerful concept in professional sports, but throughout the years there have been times our teams have experienced a slump. Randy and Dan have hit a home run with UNSTUCK. Their principles have helped us sustain a winning culture in the Pirate organization and this book will fuel our momentum in the future. I loved reading it. You will too!" —Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2013 NL Manager of the Year "Dan and Randy are wise sages who guide you on a personal journey to rediscover your passion, power, and purpose in life. They have done this for me and I am forever grateful. So, if you find yourself living, but not fully alive, let this book breathe new life into your weary soul." —Jimmy Page, speaker and author of One Word that Will Change Your Life "A practical, inspiring story that brings the reality of where many leaders are in all walks of life. This story helped me to rethink and rediscover what matters most to me in my life's work. I recommend you read this book and then go through your own Personal Leadership SUMMIT with the authors, it will change you!" —Juan Ortiz, VP of National Sales, BluePay, author and speaker "UNSTUCK is not for the faint of heart. It is for those that have courage to look in the mirror and ask the tough questions. If you are looking for life-change, then this a must-read book. Buckle up and enjoy the journey!" —Dan Britton, International VP, FCA
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