Inner Mastery, Outer Impact
How Your Five Core Energies Hold the Key to Success
Based on his highly popular Columbia Business School course “Personal Leadership & Success”, Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa shares key principles for how to pursue success by letting your true self shine through in everything you do.
In our pursuit of success, we often struggle to balance the world’s demands with our own dreams. Some of us pursue Outer Success, wanting to be liked and loved, supported and promoted. But in our quest for worldly glory, we may ignore the subtle stirring of our spirit, waking up one day to realize just how far we have drifted from our personal ideals. Others among us seek Inner Success, wanting the freedom to pursue our own calling. But in our quest to be true to ourselves, we may end up hurting, disappointing, or antagonizing others, straining relationships and being sidelined.
It seems that our drives for Outer and Inner Success are destined to clash. But perhaps that’s only because we’ve been searching for success in the wrong places. We can pursue from the place where our greatest potential is held, our Inner Core, by activating Five Core Energies: Purpose, Wisdom, Growth, Love, and Self-Realization.
Through extensive scientific research and masterful storytelling about exemplary figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Nelson Mandela—and everyday heroes drawn from Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa’s class at Columbia Business School and client workshops at Mentora Institute—readers arrive at timeless principles of success in life and leadership. Empowered by your Five Core Energies, you discover how to create outer impact from a place of inner mastery.
With a PhD in Management Science from MIT and a lifelong study of the world’s mystic traditions, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential. This book shows how by activating your Inner Core and expressing it in everything you do, you create the conditions where Inner Success and Outer Success can flourish in mutual harmony.
In this informative debut, Wadhwa, a professor at Columbia Business School, provides guidance on achieving "inner and outer success." Using scientific research and biographical anecdotes from famous and ordinary individuals, the author offers a "user manual for life," outlines what he calls the "five Core Energies" purpose, wisdom, growth, love, and self-realization and details how to "activate" them. To "express" one's purpose, for example, one should listen to one's "inner stirrings," define one's beliefs and values, devote time and resources toward one's goal, and live in accordance with one's purpose even when no one is watching. Biographical sketches illustrate what the energies look like in action; Eleanor Roosevelt, for instance, embodied growth in her transformation from a shy and sheltered child into an internationally beloved advocate of equality and justice. The biographical narratives humanize the scientific findings ("Research shows that people who practice compassion and kindness are happier"), making for a winning mixture. Readers tired of self-help platitudes are sure to appreciate the substance here.