A Detailed Book Summary of “Find Your Why” by Simon Sinek

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Everyone has a unique “why”. It is neither an aspiration nor a future goal, it is who you are. It is the hidden denominator behind all your actions and reactions. 

In Find Your Why by Simon Sinek, “your why is who you are, wherever you are”. Finding your why is essential because it is the pillar upon which fulfillment rests.

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What does It mean to find your Why?

To find your why, is to find you. Finding your why is the only path to consistent fulfillment.

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How to find your Why | Simon Sinek

The first step to finding your “why” is the appreciation of the importance of “WHY”, followed by the willingness to take requisite responsibility.

It will involve the deliberate allowance of a certain degree of vulnerability because you will tell your stories to another with specificity, who in turn will help connect similar dots objectively.

From these connected dots the statement of your why will be drafted.

Personally, my WHY is to show up better every morning, so I can help others triumph.

Find Your Why by Simon Sinek with David Mean and Peter Docker, Published New York by Portfolio/Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017, 1st edition.

Simon Sinek is an optimist who believes in a brighter future for humanity. His talk on TED.com is the third most-watched talk of all time. Learn more about him at StartWithWhy.com.

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Find Your Why by Smon Sinek Review

Find Your “Why” is a must-read for everyone seeking to take delivery of his fair share of fulfillment. 

It possed and answered questions such as why do you do what you do? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? 

Simon Sinek in find your why presented the concept of the Golden Circle which shows the secret behind an individual’s approach to life as well as organizations.

The Why, The How, and the What were thoroughly explained.

In Find Your Why, you get to know that it is not enough to have value, your values must be actionable. And your Why must be lived out, day in day out.

The main team of the book is to inspire people to do what inspires them so that together each of us can change our World.

One of the many examples that substantiate the validity of the theme is Peter’s encounter with Steve, an engineer, and a twenty-three years steel seller whom all the while has been living out his Why without his conscious articulation.

Peter facilitated the articulation of his Why statement right onboard the flight to St Louis.

Subsequently, Simon Sinek in find your why advises “If you will like to understand your Why, and would rather not wait until Peter sits next to you on a flight, “Find Your Why” can help you. Because you too deserve to wake up in the morning inspired to go to work and come home at the end of the day, feeling fulfilled by the work you do.

It is vital you know your “why”, because even if you are enjoying a level of fulfillment today without the working knowledge of your “why”, sooner or later there will be a “split”-separation of why from what.

The symptoms of the split are:

  • Increased stress
  • Decreased passion
  • Lower productivity
  • Lower engagement and innovation[1].

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FAQs on Find Your Why by Simon Sinek

Can My Why be my Family?

No, you relate with your family the way you do because of your Why. Your why is not your family but who you are.

Can I have more than one Why?

No, everyone has just one Why and it does not change with time and space. “if you are different at work than you are at home, in one of those places you are lying. Because who we are does not change relative to where we find ourselves”

Can my WHY change as I get older?

Our WHY is fully formed by our mid-to-late-teens. By that age, we’ve experienced enough and made enough choices of our own that we can recognize the situations in which we’ll thrive and those in which we will not. But while you may have sensed your WHY at that age, you probably weren’t able to express it.

Can a WHY be bad or evil?

A WHY, by definition, is positive and generative. It serves others and makes a positive contribution to their lives.
Those who turn their WHYs to destructive ends have chosen to manifest their purpose, cause, or belief through results (WHATs) that hurt, disrespect, or otherwise do not serve others.
In the thousands of Why Discoveries we’ve done, we’ve never had anyone with a Why Statement that implied it could only be used in bad or evil ways. What one does in the name of their WHY is what determines how others view their actions.

If my Why doesn’t align with the work I’m doing, do I have to quit?

 We don’t have to do anything. The short answer to this question is . . . maybe. If your work and your Why aren’t aligning, you don’t necessarily have to throw everything away.
We can’t always control the environment we’re in, but we can take responsibility for the way we show up. Your first step should be to positively influence those around you every day.
Start by living your Why the best way you can. It’s just possible that, if you do, things will begin to change for the better.
If that doesn’t work, it’s important to remember that our goal is to surround ourselves with people who believe what we believe. If that simply isn’t possible where you are, you have a choice to make. You can actively look for a job that’s more in line with your Why. Or you can try to make the best of where you are.

How can I make my Why sound different from everyone else’s?

This question stems from the perception that we are all competing and somehow our Why has to be better than, or at least different from, that of our rivals. But what if the only person we’re competing with is ourselves? What if we showed up every day to be a better version of ourselves, living more in line with our own Why than we did the day before?

When we are truly connected to our Why and the stories from our past that have led to its discovery, it doesn’t matter if our Why sounds like someone else’s. It’s ours and it has deep meaning to us. It represents who we are at our very best.

When people first hear about the Why, they sometimes think we’re talking about a person’s “special sauce.”

The Why is not about finding a competitive advantage. It’s okay and not even surprising if all your closest competitors got into the business (whatever it is) for reasons similar to yours.

However, even if your WHY is similar to your competitor’s, what’s likely to be very different is the way you bring it to life through your guiding principles, behaviors, and actions (your HOWs).

In other words, you’re unique, not in your Why alone but in the combination of your WHY and your HOWs. This combination makes you one-of-a-kind.

This is a question frequently asked by readers of find your why by Simon Sinek.

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