David Corbin is one of the people I look up to as a coach and mentor. Dave is an entrepreneur, coach, and consultant. He was executive Producer of the Pass It On video (which was much more than a sequel to "The Secret").
Now, Dave has come out with a courageous new book - Illuminate: Harnessing the Positive Power of Negative Thinking. I don't know that it necessarily took a lot of courage for Dave to write it (though the blank page is intimidating to every writer, Dave seems to have a surplus of courage when it comes to starting new things - new businesses, new books and movies, new friendships). But it does take a lot of courage to read it, and even more to act upon the formula he provides for illuminating the negative: to fix the problems in your career, your business, and your life, you need to find them, follow then, and fix them.
Dave likes to say that he makes his living as a consultant, but he earns his keep as an insultant, telling people things they don't want to hear but need to hear. Since having the privilege of reading the manuscript for Dave's book (I mean every word of my testimonial on the front page) I've approached my own consulting work, and my own business, in a new way. I try to be diplomatic, but I'm now much more candid and much more blunt in sharing my observations and recommendations with clients. And I've gotten a lot more serious about being an insultant to myself when it comes to my own work and life.
Illuminate is written in the form of a fun-to-read business parable featuring a struggling hospital executive. You can read it on a flight from Chicago to LA. But don't let that easy, breezy style of writing deceive you. This book - if you take to heart its central message of not covering up or hiding from your problems but rather casting the light of awareness and action on them - will change how you approach your work and your life.