The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World
This book will introduce you to yourself.
Despite what you may have been told since you were a child, you cannot be whatever you want to be in life–you are already what you were meant to be. The secret to uncovering who you are, and your purpose, is built into you in the form of a code–the identity code. Much like your genetic code, your identity code provides a complete map of how you were designed to live.
Answer the questions that frame the identity code, and the contours of your life will shift. You will not only emerge stronger, you will emerge larger. Larger in heart, larger in influence, larger in your capacity to love and be loved. You will understand the why of your life.
In this life-transforming book, Larry Ackerman shows you how to crack your identity code. With more than twenty years of experience helping organizations and individuals identify their purpose, Ackerman reveals the Laws of Identity and the Eight Essential Questions they contain. As you answer these questions, your identity will gradually become clear. It will become the foundation from which you’ll make truly meaningful decisions about what work is right for you, how to build and maintain relationships that matter, and even what interests and hobbies make sense for you. These eight questions, and the call to action each one implies, are
WHO AM I?: Define yourself as separate from all others WHAT MAKES ME SPECIAL?: Unearth what you love IS THERE A PATTERN TO MY LIFE?: Make the connections that explain past events and foreshadow your future WHERE AM I GOING?: Use what you’ve learned so far to guide you on your path WHAT IS MY GIFT?: Follow the signs of joy WHO CAN I TRUST?: Take stock of who matters–and why WHAT IS MY MESSAGE?: Declare yourself on the strength of your gift WILL MY LIFE BE RICH?: Surrender to the pull of your identity
As Ackerman points out, unbridled freedom actually weighs you down. The myth of personal freedom–the notion that you have infinite choices in the course you set for yourself–is the unspoken agony of the modern person. True freedom comes with knowing your identity: the unique characteristics that define your potential for creating value in the world, for making a contribution that springs naturally from the core of your being and touches the lives of others. Within this framework, life’s seeming boundaries melt away.
Intelligent, provocative, and always practical, The Identity Code sets the reader on the classic quest: the discovery of self. Take the journey.
The source of our potential
By Douglas Eby "Talent Development Resources" - March 26, 2006
In this elegantly concise book, the author details how identity is "the source of your uniqueness and potential. Exercise and express it and it will grow ever deeper and more powerful in its impact on your life and the lives of others."
Psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) noted that self actualization is the intrinsic growth of what is already in people, "or more accurately, of what the organism is."
Using his experience in corporate brand consulting, Larry Ackerman details key aspects of how our identity can be explored and made more true and authentic, leading to not only greater self actualization, but our ability to `do right' by other people. Your identity, he notes "is the living lens through which you can safely engage the world, make informed decisions, and thereby fashion a life that you, and others, can trust."
One of the most central questions or aspects is that of "gift" - our purpose or passion. He notes that many people may find it... read more
By Reader - February 27, 2006
This is a book that, however you feel about "self help" literature, will get you thinking. Ackerman's process for distancing yourself to get a fresh perspective on your life is fascenating. His concept of identity is insightful-- as are the rules that he sets out. Ackerman not only outlines crucial questions for evaluating your potential, he includes, at the end of each chapter, a set of practical exercises for accomplishing the task. Whether you embark on the journey Ackerman recommends or simply find this book a source of introspection, it is a volume well worth reading.
Eye opening journey
By BRN - February 2, 2006
As I scanned this book it caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First early in the book Ackerman points out that you cannot be anything you want to be in life. Not only is this a myth, but having an unlimited number of options is not even desirable.
The second point was that understanding your identity is not a recipe or prescription for exactly what you should do. Acknowledging your identity helps you reduce the number of options you have without being too restrictive. More importantly, understanding your identity provides you with a tool to help you evaluate the options before you in terms of what matters most deeply to you.
Each section of the book ends with questions/exercises that will help you get closer to discovering your identity. Once I was at the point that it was time to write my identity, I was stumped. I had followed all the directions to the letter. I had completed all the evaluations and was staring at the resulting diagram and was... read more