In only five hours I read the book Dark Horse: Achieving Success through the Pursuit of Fulfillment. Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas have written the definitive guide to finding the career that is the right fit.
From the inside book flap:
“This mold-breaking approach doesn’t depend on your SAT scores, who you know, or how much money you have.
The secret is a mindset that can be expressed in plain English:
Harness your individuality in the pursuit of fulfillment to achieve excellence.”
The authors detail the achievements of a high-school dropout who created her own telescope observatory in her backyard. She found and named an asteroid and found a planet. This put her in the ranks of astronomers with PhDs.
This woman and the other people talked about in the book are dark horses because no one could see their success coming.
My memoir Left of the Dial is a full-length book recounting of my own dark horse life.
Those of us who are dark horses got here via a long and winding path.
Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas in their book rail against the “cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better.”
This “standard formula” is the root of inequality. People are competing to get better grades, get into elite colleges and universities, and get coveted jobs.
It really is a treadmill. One woman featured in Dark Horse willingly got on this competitive treadmill thinking this was what she was supposed to do.
She crashed, and had to rethink her whole life. Today she is successful as the operator of an underground supper club.
I say: stop living life on autopilot. Live an authentic life.
We don’t have to trample over each other in our lives like it’s a Black Friday sale every day. We don’t have storm through the doors reaching to achieve things at the expense of everyone else.
The book flap asks:
“As much as we might dislike the standard formula, it seems like there’s no other practical path to financial security and a fulfilling life.
But what if there is?””
I recommend readers of the blog buy Dark Horse.
I for one think the book is the most uplifting and inspiring literature I’ve ever read of any genre.
In the next blog entry I’ll talk about having a career linked to your individuality.