My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
What are you doing about what you aren’t doing? This is the jump-start question Scott Wittig asks his readers in his book, Holy IT!: A Guide to Finding and Doing Your Thing. Wittig challenges his readers to take that uncomfortable first step in determining what they really want to do with the rest of their lives and then do it! According to Wittig, all you have to do to determine your IT is 1)Identify 2)Predict 3)Determine 4)Execute. Wittig borrowed these steps from Driver’s Ed. He also emphasizes that your IT must have the 3 P’s: passion, but must also include purpose and be a project (put stuff on your calendar you can do!) or it’ll never get off of the ground.
Holy IT! is a fun read packed with quotes (mostly from John Maxwell) and graphics. You can probably read this text in one sitting and start working on your IT immediately afterwards. This book is also a workbook with lots of available white space to take notes and to GET QUIET. Wittig discusses how important meditating and reflecting on your IT is so you can shut out the other voices and get to work on what YOU need to do. Wittig advocates forming a mastermind group. Forming and getting the most out of mastermind groups is another key element in successfully manifesting your IT. In these groups the members forge a safe place to discuss issues and problems. Members offer feedback and accountabilty, which is necessary when you’re starting out on your IT and need reinforcement that your path is the correct one to follow. In fact, one of his mastermind partners who is a graphic designer created Wittig’s eye-catching book cover of an acorn.
The acorn is a symbol of growth, but it’s also part of the squirrel’s story in Chapter 10: The Law of the Squirrel. If a squirrel is indecisive and darts back into the road because he thinks he can get a bigger acorn, then he most likely to get squashed by a car. The analogy works: if you’re indecisive about your IT, you’ll never get past “go.” Wittig reminds us to get rid of our friends who are naysayers, the “toppers” (who try to best you at every turn) and stick to the cheerleaders, even if they are outnumbered by the previous groups.
Wittig wants his readers to achieve clarity as well as take a honest look at themselves. Many times, the IT isn’t far from home. Tom Rath says, “You cannot be everything you want to be–but you can be more of who you already are.” Coach K of Duke University echoes this sentiment with, “Look in your house, not out of your window.” On the flip side, Wittig also makes you ask yourself, “How can I drop something and hand that over to someone else?” and “What is it that I’ve always done (that’s kind of bugged me) that I could just quit doing?”
Written in a down-to-earth style that is exactly how Wittig speaks in person, this fun-to-read book with short chapters is infused with positivity. The book of course mirrors Scott Wittig’s IT of helping others achieve. One of my favorite take-aways was how Wittig tells us that when we switch careers our previous career helps us with what will do now. And as as someone who has switched careers from a retail environment to a creative writing one, Wittig provides much-needed validation to everyone who wants to know that their previous jobs weren’t a waste of time or effort.