A powerful, practical guide for cultivating compassion—the scientifically proven foundation for personal achievement and success at work, at home, and in the community.
For decades, we’ve been told the key to prosperity is to look out for number one. But recent science shows that to achieve durable success, we need to be more than just achievers; we need to be compassionate achievers.
New research in biology, neuroscience, and economics have found that compassion—recognizing a problem or caring about another’s pain and making a commitment to help—not only improves others’ lives but can also transform our own. Based on the most recent studies from a wide range of fields, The Compassionate Achiever reveals the profound benefits of practicing compassion, including more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency. To help us achieve these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, the founding director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation, shares his unique four-step program for cultivating compassion.
Kukk makes clear that practicing compassion isn’t about being a martyr or a paragon of virtue; it’s about rejecting rage and indifference and choosing instead to be a thoughtful, caring problem-solver. He identifies the skills every compassionate achiever should master—listening, understanding, connecting, and acting—and outlines how to develop each, with clear explanations, easy-to-implement strategies, actionable exercises, and real-world examples.
With the The Compassionate Achiever everyone wins—we can each achieve success in our own lives and create more productive workplaces, and healthier, less violent communities.
“Compassion benefits the giver and the receiver. Relationships prolong lives and are what we are all here to experience. Love is the only thing of permanence. Read The Compassionate Achiever and learn to be compassionate to yourself, your body, and all life.”
Bernie Siegel, MD, New York Times bestselling author
“Providing practical ways to nourish compassion, it offers an empowering action plan for success, understanding, and healing. I know it will have a meaningful impact on the teachers with whom I work and the community and nation at large.”
Maya Soetoro-Ng, director of Community Outreach and Global Learning, Matsunaga Institute for Peace
“A must-read. Compassion drives kindness and teamwork and leads to problem solving and, ultimately, success. Educators, healthcare workers, grassroots organizers alike need to share these principles. Business people and faith leaders need to mentor these skills—we all do.”
Marilyn Turkovich, director, Charter for Compassion International
Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.
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- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help
- ISBN-13: 9780062563040