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spodek · 2020-02-12 · Original thread
Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work)

Here's a video of the author (me) interviewing a reader who did all the exercises, in the process going from (his words) below middle management to creating his dream project with his dream business partner The process costs nearly nothing in money and creates more time for his family.

Here are written reviews from NYU students and clients who took the project-based class the book is based on

If anyone has questions, I'm happy to answer here or by email. If anyone is interested but cost gets in the way, email me also and I'll try to work something out.

spodek · 2019-11-05 · Original thread
I've never felt better.

I can count several years that were the worst of my life and it didn't make sense to go on -- my first year of graduate school when I got my life's worst grades, my girlfriend left me, I didn't have time for my hobbies, my roommates didn't pay bills in my name and broke my things, etc; also the year my first company almost wen bankrupt and I felt I couldn't trust anyone. Those experiences and getting out of them put my problems today in perspective.

I jump out of bed every morning. I love my work and the people I work with I'm passionate about my projects. There are hard challenges, but taking them on is the source of my purpose and gives me meaning.

I often feel bad and in those moments I wouldn't write like this. Sometimes I feel like giving up, but past disasters and my lessons from them tell me those moments will pass. My practices of regular exercise, a healthy diet, and sleeping a minimum that's right for me most nights are a solid foundation to build on.

I wrote my books on the NYU courses I teach that develop this lifestyle and

spodek · 2019-09-07 · Original thread
I teach at NYU. My courses are in book form too:

My friend's school that inspired me is Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. He's given TEDx talks and keynotes online:

spodek · 2019-08-25 · Original thread
Nothing creates more meaning for you than to create the opportunities based on knowing what you love. Since we're all different, different things create meaning for us differently. Rarely will a job someone else creates push our buttons best.

I created my course at NYU and wrote the book Initiative to create a step-by-step process to unearth each person's passions. I find that reflection alone or taking online quizzes doesn't reveal passions like action does -- that is, taking initiative (thoughtfully, with a process that works).

Recently, one person started blogging his results doing the exercises. As of August 25, here's his latest:

spodek · 2019-08-07 · Original thread
I hope they help.

You might also be interested in my books, which teach the social and emotional skills of leadership, initiative, and entrepreneurship, based on courses I teach at NYU.


Leadership Step by Step:

One of my past students used the Initiative skills to teach the Leadership material to youths in Gaza Every situation is unique and it's just one project, but his project shows promise of teaching youths before they get caught up in violence. He tells me that the program helps change views of leadership from command-and-control, authoritarian to based in understanding and support, though I'm oversimplifying. I'm just sharing one example.

spodek · 2019-07-23 · Original thread
After my PhD in physics, I learned starting a company that I needed such skills and devoted myself to learning them.

Now I teach the social and emotional skills underlying leadership, entrepreneurship, and initiative at NYU (student reviews: and videos of them describing the courses:

I made book versions of the courses. Amazon makes the first chapters of each available free, which goes into more detail on what I learned and its value:

Leadership Step by Step:


spodek · 2019-05-27 · Original thread
The book Initiative is for this type of situation.

Disclosure: I wrote it.

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