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On the fast track to achieving goals

Fast as a tortoise
Fast as a tortoise
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How the Tortoise Became Fast: A Fable to Follow to Achieve Your Goals, a book by Nathan Mercer, reminded me of those by Patrick Lencioni, another author who understands the value of the story. Here Mercer uses the fable of the tortoise and the hare as a backdrop for down-to-earth advice on how to set and achieve goals.

Mercer alternates an imaginative lead up to the classic race told from the tortoise's point of view with chapters summarizing the steps to take to first decide what to do and then achieve the desired results. He even includes worksheets.

Mercer covers the ideas of self-efficacy, brainstorming, and acquiring mentors or coaches. Having powerful enough "whys," however, is the most important takeaway from this book.