The Answer to How is Yes


The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters
By Peter Block

Modern culture’s worship of “how-to” pragmatism has turned us into instruments of efficiency and commerce—but we’re doing more and more about things that mean less and less. We constantly ask, “How?” But rarely, “Why?”We use “how” as a defense, instead of acting on what we know to be of importance. We wait until we’ve attended one more workshop. We read one more book. We get one more degree.

Asking how keeps us safe—instead of being led by our hearts into uncharted territory, we keep our heads down and stick to the map. But we are gaining the world and losing our souls.

In The Answer to How is Yes, Peter Block places the “how-to” craze in perspective and presents a guide to the difficult and life-granting journey of bringing what we believe to be valuable into an indifferent or even hostile corporate and cultural landscape. He raises our awareness of the tradeoffs made in the name of practicality and expediency, and offers hope for a way of life where we’re motivated not by what “works,” but by the things that truly matter in life:

  • Idealism
  • Relationship
  • Intimacy
  • Engagement

The Answer To How Is Yes offers us a new way of thinking about our actions that free us from being controlled by the external messages about how we should live and act, inspiring us to say yes to our ideals and aspirations.

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