Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith takes you on a journey to discover and find what makes you energized – your mojo.  I had the pleasure to meet Marshall at a Microsoft event and his energy and presence were spectacular. How this book influenced me was the idea of being aware and measuring your mojo in everyday life. For example, feeling a sensation where you are feeling alive and delivering impact that is valued. Just as important was learning how to gain insight into the factors that were negatively impacting your mojo. Learning what influences the mojo signal will help you navigate to work opportunities that fuel your mojo.

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My Notes

Mojo plays a vital role in our pursuit of happiness and meaning because it is about achieving two simple goals: loving what you do and showing it.

Mojo is that positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from in the inside and radiates to the outside.

Four vital ingredients need to be combined in order for you to have great Mojo.

Identity – Who do you think you are?

Without a firm handle on our identity, we may never be able to understand why we gain – or lose – our Mojo.

Achievement – What have you done lately?

These are the accomplishments that have meaning and impact.

Until we can honestly put a value on what we’ve accomplished lately, we may not be able to create or regain our Mojo.

Reputation – Who do other people think you are? What do other people thin you’ve done lately?

Your reputation is a scoreboard kept by others.

Acceptance – What can you change, and what is beyond your control?

When Mojo fades, the initial cause is often a failure to accept what is – and get on with life.

People with high Mojo at work tend to have high Mojo at home.

Truly successful people spend time a large part of their lives engaging in activities that simultaneously provide meaning and happiness.

Then I add: The only person who can define meaning and happiness for you is you!

Measuring Your Mojo

Mojo is an expression of the harmony – or lack of harmony – between what we feel inside about whatever we are doing and what we show on the outside.

is that positive spirit
toward what we are doing
that starts from the inside
and radiates to the outside

Positive spirit is unambiguous. It’s a feeling of optimism and satisfaction. It conveys both happiness and meaning.

Toward what we are doing focuses us on the fact that we are dealing with an activity or a task – as opposed to a state of mind or a situation.

Now’s meaning is obvious. When we are measuring our Mojo, we do so in the immediate present, not in the recent past or vague future.

Happiness and meaning can’t be experienced next week, next month or next year. They can only be experienced now.

That’s why the most successful professionals are always “on” when they’re engaged in their craft.

They love what they are doing when they are doing it.

That starts from the inside is my reminder that measuring Mojo is an exercise in self-assessment.

And radiates to the outside is my nod to the cause-and-effect dynamic between what we feel inside, how much of it we show, and how it is perceived by others.

People who love what they’re doing but somehow never how it are doomed to be misunderstood.