Chapter 5

LIFE LINE

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

—MARCEL PROUST

In personal mastery, we need to answer important questions about who we are, what really matters to us, and where we want to go. Even if you already think about these things from time to time, now is as good a time as any for you to stop, pause, and gather some insight in a structured way.

We are going to do a number of different exercises to help you figure all this out. The first one is called a Life Line.1 It allows you to create a visual rendering of your life from your early years to the present. By the end of Part II, you’ll know a lot more about yourself than you did when we started. And, ...

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