From the Amazon synopsis:
“This inspirational book is a synthesis of Rosamund Stone Zander’s knowledge of cutting-edge psychology and Benjamin Zander’s experiences as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Zanders’ deceptively simple practices are based on two premises: that life is composed as a story (“it’s all invented”) and that, with new definitions, much more is possible than people ordinarily think. From “Giving an A” (withholding judgement & letting people grow into their full potential) to the mysterious “Rule Number 6″ (not to ever take yourself to seriously!) to “Leading from Any Chair” (leadership from within, following a collective vision for something greater than ourselves)–the account of Ben’s stunning realization that the conductor/leader’s power is directly linked to how much greatness he is willing to grant to others.”
From the book:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear that we are powerful beyond measure
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous-
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel secure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.”