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Marshall Goldsmith Shows How Failures of Imagination Can Hold You Back

People often fall back on what they know rather than try for what’s new — the rise of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the former Philippine dictator, shows that. Marshall Goldsmith shows how a lack of imagination can hold us back in life.

Marshall Shows How Failures of Imagination Can Hold You Back
“Choosing between two or three valid ideas for the life you want to lead is confusing for many. Some cannot imagine even one path for themselves, let alone two or three.”

Nashville, TN (Newsworthy.ai) Tuesday Jul 5, 2022 @ 9:00 AM Pacific —

In a new blog post about imagination and the lack of it, adapted from his book, The Earned Life, the renowned leadership coach and bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith discusses how a lack of imagination can hold us back in life because we are too cautious about thinking boldly.

Goldsmith writes, “Choosing between two or three valid ideas for the life you want to lead is a legitimate source of confusion for many people. On the other hand, some people cannot imagine even one path for themselves, let alone two or three.”

A failure of imagination can lead some people—and nations—to stay locked in place. Case in point: Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the former dictator of the Philippines, recently won his country’s presidency in a landslide victory. The Marcos name has had an enduring hold on the public, which shows more of a failure of imagination than an embrace of democratic values.

People often prefer the devil they know, even if the name Marcos is a byword for corruption and greed in the Philippines.

In The Earned Life Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crises, including regrets that stem from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroute destinies, and haunt our memories. These are particularly timely themes today.

With Goldsmith’s book as a guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life that is fulfilling in the long run.

You can read Marshall Goldsmith’s blog here.

About MARSHALL GOLDSMITH

Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized for years as the world’s leading executive coach and the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Mojo, and Triggers. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In his coaching practice, Goldsmith has advised more than 200 major CEOs and their management teams. He and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.

About THE EARNED LIFE

In THE EARNED LIFE (Currency Books), Marshall Goldsmith uncovers the source of today’s existential crisis: regret, the kind stemming from choices that irrevocably alter our lives, reroutes destinies, and haunts our memories—particularly timely themes as the pandemic and Great Resignation inspire people to seek meaning in their lives, get unstuck and make changes. With this book as their guide, readers can close the gap between what they plan to achieve and what they actually get done—even in a world full of inescapable unfairness and curveballs—and live an earned life too fulfilling to dwell on the “what ifs.”

If you’d like more information on Marshall Goldsmith, The Earned Life, and his work, please get in touch with Lyda Goldsmith.

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