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The Power of Your Past: The Art of Recalling, Recasting, and Reclaiming

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Most of us don’t use our yesterdays very well. With our cultural obsession with “living in the moment,” we neglect to engage in creative reflection on our personal histories. In The Power Of Your Past, John Schuster systematically demonstrates that our pasts are the biggest, most accessible, and most under-utilized of resources for anyone wanting to make positive changes. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published April 4th 2011)
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Apr 23, 2016 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of “The Power of Your Past”, John Schuster, seems to be a step ahead of me. Recently, I was thinking deep thoughts about the concept of finding your “calling”, realizing that I don’t believe I have a calling, but my daughter thinks she has a calling to be a nurse. Ends up, Schuster has a book on that, and I found that book an excellent way for me to think through the concept. I’ve also been having deep thoughts on what it means to pass on wisdom to the next generation, my daughters, w ...more
Aug 08, 2011 SwensonBooks rated it liked it
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The past never goes anywhere. It is with us always. In the culture of the "now" we risk losing out on the transformative power of recollecting that which has passed away. Reflecting upon personal gains and losses through the lenses of accumulated experience and knowledge guides one towards a more meaningful life. Ignoring the past is folly.

Know where you've been to get where you're going. A new book by John P. Schuster, author of Answering Your Call, offers readers a guide to discovering how yo
Apr 04, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing
So many books today teach that you have to live in the now. Sometimes you can’t live in the now until you deal with the past. It is the past who has shaped who we are today.

John Schuster teaches us how to come to terms with our past and to use it to our best advantage.

The steps that Schuster suggests are very easy to follow. The difficult part is taking the time to actually confront your past. However, once you do, you will feel a major sense of relief. I know that I did. I still have some more
Jan 30, 2012 Mel rated it liked it
Good book- about using past memories to extract the positive and negative impacts that they hold to tell you more about what inspires and powers you, and what holds you back.
This is not a self-therapy book. The thinking it encourages is more applicable to you career choice/direction pushing you to overcome false personal characteristics and achieving a fulfilling professional life most suited to your passions and drive, which he says, are all rooted in the past.
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