Vision: An Inspiring, Practical Handbook for Creating Your Future

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I wrote this early, early on the Friday morning before Christmas.  I hadn’t had that first cup of coffee yet and was about to read Vision: Your Pathway to Victory by Gordon D’Angelo.  I received this book as a review copy with a handwritten note inside:

“All of Gordon’s royalties are going to charity.”

After reading that, the first thing I did was go to the author bio.  I wanted to know a little more about the man who writes a book about Vision and who is donating his profits to charity.  So here it is.

Gordon D’Angelo (@GordonDAngelo) looks like the kind of guy who accomplishes more in five minutes than the rest of us do in a week.  It’s a good thing they have a picture of him in the book because based on the bio, I would think we was much older given his list of accomplishments.  Gordon was an original founder of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and he’s been a seven-time Broker-Dealer of the Year Award Winner.

These days, he’s running NEXT Financial Group and NEXT Financial Holdings where he manages over 16 billion dollars in assets.  So now you can see why he’s written a book on vision and is donating the royalties to charity.

Can Gordon’s Visioning Process Work for Me?

There was a time that I thought everything was about the process.  I mean just do the process and you’ll get the results.  In many ways, this is exactly how it works.  But there is another element that is also at play – human nature.

If it weren’t for the human nature component of things, everyone who ate less and exercised more would be thin and fit.  Everyone who had vision would create their vision – and this isn’t always the case.  We’ve all had experience with “the best laid plans” so let’s see if D’Angelo’s process is something you should consider in your planning this year.

Mindset is 90% of the Formula

In answering the question of whether this Visionary formula will work for you, you must first answer the question of whether you have the mental fortitude to hold on to a mindset of possibility.  From the beginning of the book, it’s clear the D’Angelo has a couple a natural propensity for creating goals and writing them down as well as a learned mindset that anything was possible (which he got from his friend John Hewitt with whom he founded Jackson Hewitt).

I use the word fortitude because that’s what it takes to hang on to what YOU think is possible while everyone else tells you that it’s not.

So Much Better Than I Expected

Can you blame me?  At first I thought this was going to be another dry business process book full of war stories and case studies.  It isn’t that at all.  This is an inspirational book.  If visioning were a religious experience – then this is the book they would use to get it done.

D’Angelo is so eager to have you understand that it’s only our own limitation on what’s possible that holds us back.  Getting that is just half of the mindset equation.  It’s just dreaming with no action plan. But writing down the goals, thinking the process through step by step, this is where the vision comes to life.

Here is a wonderful quote from the book that I think is at the center of this book:

“Vision = The definable intention from which preparation is formed.”

From this point on, D’Angleo guides you through the process and practice of setting your mindset to “all things are possible” and then defining the steps it takes to get there.

I know, you’re going to say you’ve seen this before.  I know, I’ve seen it before too – but not quite this way.

Do You Really Need to Read Another Book About Vision and Planning?

I don’t know if you need to read another book about visioning or planning, I will say that you will want to read THIS book about vision and planning.  It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen in a practical business book.

If you like books about laws of attraction and have a more metaphysical interest, you will LOVE this book!  If you aren’t into what I call “woo-woo” business philosophy, you will appreciate the pragmatic and practical way this book is written.

It’s really more like a handbook than a business book.

This is a book for every small business owner- especially at this time of the year with a new year starting out and everyone brimming with new possibilities.  This is the perfect book for your whole management team or work team.  It will inspire you and get you psyched for growth in the year ahead.

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Ivana Taylor Ivana Taylor is the Book Editor for Small Business Trends. She is responsible for directing the site’s book review program and manages the team of professional book reviewers. She also spearheads the annual Small Business Book Awards. Ivana publishes DIYMarketers, where she shares daily do-it-yourself marketing tips, and is co-author of "Excel for Marketing Managers."