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The realm of self-help books is vast, but within that realm there are bright points by which one can direct his or her course toward fulfillment. In turn, fulfillment – as the primary objective of one’s quest – is achieved through wisdom and awareness. This is what makes the Personality Improvement Institute collection of books titled “Personality Improvement – Developing Your Potential” so useful and uplifting. The sharing of wisdom, in the form of examples from the author and numerous cited historical figures, lights the path of learning on that most essential journey. The first part of Personality Improvement Institute collection, containing five volumes, is complete unto itself, but together they convey the tools with which all of us can elevate our minds and hearts, ultimately achieving the proactivity and empathy we were meant to have. As one who has studied and edited many texts in positive psychology and spirituality, I can enthusiastically recommend these books. Lawrence Payne is a U.S.-based journalist and editor with 30 years’ experience in service to a global clientele. As a compiler and editor of manuscripts, he has handled subjects ranging from theosophy and life guidance to “personal brand” development and the essential teachings of Zen.
A baby enters this world without a manual, a truth that is painfully experienced by the generations of young parents. And yet, despite this so-called obstacle, humanity is and has been able to successfully overcome this challenge. How? Young parents learn fast – mostly by the trail and error – how to attend to the needs of their child. Parenthood is an interesting mix of trusting in one’s intuition, getting help from the relatives and seeking the advise of experts. Parenthood is not a set of skills which are revealed upon the birth of the child and rather a process of gradually gaining new skills that will match the needs of one’s offspring. The same rule applies to recognizing one’s talents and using them in our everyday lives. It is impossible to gain those skills after reading one book or by participating in a weekend-long workshop. Instead, it is a path one consciously commits to walk for the rest of their life. When embarking on a physical journey we usually pack a guidebook and a map to help us navigate the unknown. Similar with the expedition to one’s inner world, to discover our hidden potential; it is handy to have a guidebook or a trusted advisor we can call upon when things get uncomfortable. The series of books (the title) written by Andrew Moszczynski could be used as such a resource, filled with valuable tips and techniques on how to discover one’s talents and successfully embrace them. The author is not positioning himself as an expert who knows better what’s good for us, instead he acts as an advisor who abundantly uses examples from philosophy, literature, modern techniques of self-empowerment and his own experience. The strengths of this series lies in including many real-life examples to illustrate the presented issues and a very long bibliography, which could serve as an inspiration for those wanting to take their own explorations even further. I think that this series could be of help for anyone who’s interested in conscious living and self-improvement.
The Personality Improvement Institute is pleased to share a unique publication with you – a collection of books supporting widely understood personal development, the aim of which is to improve quality of life. I joined the PII team responsible for this project with great interest and hope. They have created an unusual collection of ideas that could help millions of people around the world believe in themselves and change their lives. Being both a theorist (a philosopher by training) and business practitioner (management adviser), I supported the consultative work of the creators of these books. I am enormously satisfied with the fruits that have emerged from several years of work on the material. As a university lecturer and business consultant for many years, I understand the very close synergy between personal and professional life. These two spheres overlap, and deficits or failures in one are immediately reflected in the other. The greatest value and wealth of any organization is its employees. People build companies, and their commitment, creativity, and faith in what they do contribute to the success of enterprises. The dynamically changing, fast-moving and often beguiling world that surrounds us often blurs the real value of life, which translates into a lack of satisfaction and a sense of loss or loneliness. From there, the road leads to stress, resistance to change, frustration and loss of meaning in life. Pursuit of an illusory, shallow feeling of happiness drives people to consumerism and workaholism. These phenomena lead to excessive employee turnover, a lack of commitment to work and burnout. That is why it is so important that leaders and managers understand the personal development needs of their employees. The publication we present consists of several books about the search for happiness, uncovering one’s capabilities, learning about and discovering yourself, and building a value system. We would also emphasize the detailed work that went into the form of this collection. The author discusses with readers, a reference to the great philosopher Socrates, who said “the truth is born in dialogue.” In keeping with the principle of the Institute, “We do not lecture – we inspire,” Andrew Moszczynski motivates readers with compassion and empathy, to explore the recesses of their hidden potential. Step by step, he answers questions, and introduces inspiring examples of prominent personalities and the obstacles they had to overcome, giving readers confidence in their own capabilities, as well as the opportunity to build their own world of values and set new goals. The summary and exercises at the end of each chapter provide space for reflection, and reinforce further development along a new path. In this way, the practical dimensions of this search are emphasized. In the words of prominent Chinese philosopher Confucius “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” I firmly believe that the latest publication of the Personality Improvement Institute will allow your readers to discover new ways of thinking about themselves and their own lives, define new paths for development, as well as find fulfillment and harmony. This will lead to both a deep, satisfying personal life, as well as passionate, creative work.