Be the Master

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post here entitled, “Be the Master, or Go Away.” The basic gist was the we’ve all had someone help us in our lives and careers; if you’re not lining yourself up to do the same, then you’re kind of just consuming resources, and you should stop it.

The feedback was pretty good, but I realized that I could be a lot more prescriptive in the message. Some people don’t know how to start helping others, and paying back their “debt.” Many of us don’t think we’re “worthy” of helping others yet.

And so I wrote Be the Master, which is now in its fourth edition. It’s a book about defining your success, achieving that success, and realizing that you are worthy.

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For me, it’s a hugely important message. So much so, that I’ve made a trimmed-down (abridged) version of the book, based on the third edition, available for free. I call it the “Special Edition,” and you can get it as a PDF, MOBI, and EPUB all in one download.

If it speaks to you, I strongly urge you to grab the full Fourth Edition. There’s also an audiobook, and a self-paced audio workshop.

More “Be the Master”…

  • Why I Teach
    I have had so many people who have taught me so many things over the years. It would be very easy to adopt what I feel is the majority world opinion and think, “well, they were paid to teach me.” And it’s true that many, if not most, were paid to teach me things. But […]
  • “Teaching:” a Word to Avoid?
    One thing I feel people get wrong about “Be the Master” is around the word teaching. The word “teaching” gets a bad rap in many organizations, because nearly everyone immediately visualizes a classroom environment. They start to worry about resources, like where they’ll find room for it, and how they’ll set aside time for everyone […]
  • Everyone’s Afraid
    Since the late 1990s, I’ve been a fairly regular speaker at technical conferences. I’ll talk to groups of 15, and I’ve spoken to groups of 5,000. I’ve almost always done pretty well, but if you think all that experience makes me any less nervous… When it comes to serving as a Master to one person […]