Author Terry Smith encourages readers to want more for themselves and those around them.
Many of us dream of living a richer and more significant life—the kind of life that would score a definitive ten on a scale of one to ten. Inviting readers to awaken to the TEN Life is the theme of a new book, TEN: How Would You Rate Your Life?,by motivational speaker Terry A. Smith.
“I don’t think people want enough,” states Smith. “Not more stuff. More life. And not just for ourselves but also for others.” While the book does most certainly provide structured steps toward a more fulfilling life, itis far from being the typical “all about me” self-help book. Rather, it is an others-help book. Throughout its pages, Smith links our incredible potential for a superior life to the exponential power of leadership, exposing the bond between creating your own better life and helping others create better lives for themselves. No matter what our inclinations or natural talents might be, Smith stresses that we all have the ability to lead ourselves and others to the best possible future.
TEN is about focusing on a much larger picture for our lives and then taking the necessary action to make our dreams come true. Within the pages of TEN, Smith offers sound advice and gives the reader seven inspired steps specifically designed to lead to a better life (awaken, discover, imagine, grow, act, lead and go). Through application of these seven steps, Smith reveals how each of us can experience life in all its fullness, moving forward from wherever we are toward a TEN. In this way, we can create the best possible future for ourselves and those around us.
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An interview with Terry A. Smith,
Author of TEN: How Would You Rate Your Life?
Q. What makes TEN different from all the other self-help books already out there?
One of my primary goals in writing the book was to connect the incredible power of creating a better life to the exponential power of leadership. Regardless of who we are or what our natural inclinations or talents might be, when we strive for a better life, we must lead others with us down the path to the best possible reality. Life is not only about us. It never has been. That’s why the book focuses on “others-help” rather than “self-help.”
Q. Not being satisfied with what we have is often cited as the root cause of many of today’s woes. Yet in TEN, you write that you believe the problem is that we don’t want enough. Could you elaborate?
I couldn’t agree less with the idea that most of our problems result from wanting too much. I think we should want more. Not more stuff, but more life. I believe a more fulfilling life—a life in all its fullness—is the future that we are created to have. I also believe we have the ability to tap into this potential and create that more and better life for ourselves and others.
Q. In the book, you outline a seven-step plan to creating a TEN Life. What are those seven steps?
1. Awaken: Wake up to the preferred future that is within you.
2. Discover: Discover your specific area of destiny.
3. Imagine: Learn how the discipline of imagination makes the future real.
4. Grow: Develop the life infrastructure necessary to sustain success.
5. Act: Take action to create imagined reality.
6. Lead:Learn to lead yourself and others to the best possible future.
7. Go There: Accept the call to get started living the more and better life you were intended to live.
Q. Of all the steps, the one requiring us to grow seems the most difficult. Why is personal growth so important?
The greater our inspired ambitions, the greater our need to develop the secure foundation necessary to sustain them. We must become bigger people if we desire to live a bigger life. We must be willing to expand as human beings in order to become the persons that we are capable of becoming. And the more ambitious we are, the more we must be willing to fully develop ourselves in every aspect of our lives.
Q. A large portion of your book is dedicated to developing leadership skills. Why is being a leader so important?
Who wants to enter a preferred future alone? If we are to live the best possible life, then we must be obligated to more than just ourselves. We must be obligated to the countless people we have direct or indirect, immediate or future influence over. Leadership is about accepting responsibility for others. A moral future is an inclusive one.
Q. But what about those people who don’t see themselves as leaders?
I believe everyone is a leader in some capacity. If you are a mother, then you are a leader. If you are a teacher, you are a leader. If you are gifted in the arts, you are a leader. Excellent athletes are leaders. Managers, politicians, pastors and CEOs are all obviously leaders. While most people may not be born with natural leadership skills, it is a skill that can be learned and developed. It can be studied. For our own survival and the survival and success of those around us, it is imperative that we learn effective leadership skills. Trust me, you can learn to lead if you have to, and I think you have to.