Making Yourself Indispensable

Hey there, welcome to Brandon Handley Live – in case you missed it, I have re titled the Blog as “Blue Car Effect”  as well as changed up the tagline to read as “The act of seeing or hearing something and then suddenly seeing it everywhere.”  Simply because once I started reading these books and listening to personal/professional development podcasts, I started to hear everyone talking about the same books, having similar thoughts or discussions.  Napoleon Hill anyone?

“Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.”

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the youtube video on the Sales Acceleration Formula review.  I received some useful feedback!   Thank you for that!

Next up, a review of  Making Yourself Indispensable: The Power of Personal Accountability – By Mark Samuel.   I want to thank Kyle Hofmeyer (if the video doesn’t work for you be sure to find Kyle and ask him for a preview of the Survival video he did, so awesome!) for recommending this book to me as he thought I would find it useful in my current mindset.  Kyle was right, I did find this book to be a tremendous asset to me as it provided me with another set of tools with which to face both my work and home life.  The subtitle of this book “The Power of Personal Accountability” is the true focus of this book and Mark Samuel delivers some solid advice within the bindings of this book.  Like many of the books out there Mark delivers this advice and many of the readers (like myself) may already know the information or advice, and are simply either not utilizing it or are lacking a consistent “roadmap” on how to put this information to use for themselves in their daily lives.  Mark provides us with the missing “roadmap”.  He also provides it in his own words in an “inspirational” but not “feel-good” kind of way.  I appreciated this as sometimes it is the jolting and jarring that often times knocks the most sense into me!

He starts you off right away with a visual of “The Wheel of Indispensability”, which has “Being Accountable” in the center of the following:

  • Purpose Driven
  • Play Big
  • Adaptable
  • We Centered
  • Priority Focused
  • Value Others

It is a nice visual to me and I believe it starts you off on the right foot and having a desire to have that visual represent yourself.  Right as you are feeling great about this, he drops you right into “The Trap: Faking your way to feeling indispensable.”  Ouch.. Not overly painful, but it can paint a picture for you that you may not want to view, or you simply may recognize those traits around you.  He then provides you with an assessment tool that allows you to see your current level of indispensability, which I felt was very on point and made a lot of sense after reviewing it and if I was being honest with myself.  I have room to grow!

Afterwards, he provides details as it relates to the Being Accountable list written above. While informational, and certainly wonderful reading, what I enjoyed the most about this book was the discussion about both the Victim & Accountability Loops.  While most of us have heard at some point in our lives, that the road to hell is paved with good intent, he is able to diagram and discuss specific directions for us.  You can find the details of this in the Victim Loop which comprises the following elements:

  • Situation
    • Intention
      • Choice
      • Ignore
      • Deny
      • Blame
      • Rationalize
      • Resist
      • Hide

If you are seeking a less hellish existence and are considering a path towards taking on more accountability you may certainly do so by choosing the Accountability Loop which again comprises the following elements:

  • Situation
    • Intention
      • Choice
      • Recognize
      • Own
      • Forgive
      • Self-Examine
      • Learn
      • Take Action

There is quite a bit of detail which will allow you to review and examine each of these loops for yourself.  I can be honest and state that I had myself in a few victim loops and after recognizing them for what they were, addressing them alone gave me a sense of being unburdened!

If you are reading this review, have read/listened to this book, then you are most likely looking for ways to improve yourself and are currently doing / being the best you that you know how to be.  Being the best you is hard work!  In the final pages of this book, what I love is that Mark talks about some ways that you can and you should celebrate your success.  You have earned it, after a little celebration, as he recommends you can say “next!”

This book is chock full of useful tools and wonderful knowledge with which you can put to use in your life immediately!

On a rating system of read once or multiple times throughout your life/career.  I would rate it as a read multiple times throughout your life/career.  Rewrite the assessments, exercises they will change as you will change, being able to stop and take stock is infinitely valuable and knowing exactly where your stars are aligned makes for a nice way end or begin your day!

I would love to hear your personal thoughts on this book and I know that my readers will as well!

Be on the lookout for the audio possibly video as it relates to this one, I have a little bit of a treat for everyone for this one!

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