About the Book

You are uniquely created to reflect an aspect of God here on earth through the influence that you wield. Influence, however, is widely misunderstood as a commodity reserved for a precious few. In reality, you are designed to transform your families and communities with a transcendent message of hope as you commit to listen, love, and lead with authenticity.

Second Shift is a step-by-step plan for leveraging your passions as a path to extraordinary possibilities, especially suited for those pursuing them in the part-time margins of life.


What you will learn in this book:

Encourage you to believe that you can accomplish your life's ultimate purpose even within constrained time and resource parameters
Raise awareness of the mental barriers that diminish your reach and how to combat them
Understand the type of creativity you possess and why that matters
Develop listening skills that give direction to your passions and allow you to be heard in a noisy culture
Understand how to build loyalty and trust with your tribe

 


What's Inside the Book

The Pursuit of Influence
You were created with unique gifts and passions to impact the world. The question is how do you best use these assets to grow into your full potential, especially when you have limited time and resources. Far too often, people fail to pursue their dreams because they aren't in a position to pursue it full time. However, second shift mastery opens exciting possibilities. The key is to understand your own WHY? Your WHY is the motivation to pass the best of your authentic self on to others. In doing so, you will discover everything you want in life. You were created with unique gifts and passions to impact the world. The question is how do you best use these assets to grow into your full potential, especially when you have limited time and resources. Far too often, people fail to pursue their dreams because they aren't in a position to pursue it full time. However, second shift mastery opens exciting possibilities. The key is to understand your own WHY? Your WHY is the motivation to pass the best of your authentic self on to others. In doing so, you will discover everything you want in life.
The Attitude of Influence
You are built for extraordinary influence. But, reaching your peak potential requires a growth mindset that pushes you through the psychological obstacles that often derail people from achieving their goals. These mental barriers, described as DRAGONS, must be overcome to fully realize your creative potential. This creativity is the ultimate expression of God's beauty in you. You are built for extraordinary influence. But, reaching your peak potential requires a growth mindset that pushes you through the psychological obstacles that often derail people from achieving their goals. These mental barriers, described as DRAGONS, must be overcome to fully realize your creative potential. This creativity is the ultimate expression of God's beauty in you.
The Sound of Influence
Listening is the heart of influence. Whether listening to God's direction for your life, your own authentic needs and desires, or the felt needs of those you desire to inspire, an empathic and humble posture is required. Learning to listen is a key understanding and responding to those most in need—whether in your home, church, or larger global community. As you listen well you gradually become a trusted authority with influence that converts to action. Listening is the heart of influence. Whether listening to God's direction for your life, your own authentic needs and desires, or the felt needs of those you desire to inspire, an empathic and humble posture is required. Learning to listen is a key understanding and responding to those most in need—whether in your home, church, or larger global community. As you listen well you gradually become a trusted authority with influence that converts to action.
The Love of Influence
The ability to love your tribe is what separates good people from those with extraordinary influence. For too long, however, many would-be influencers have struggled to show genuine love across their respective sphere of influence. Love for God and one another is the greatest commandment. Through the demonstration of three countercultural loving practices you win the heart of people. The ability to love your tribe is what separates good people from those with extraordinary influence. For too long, however, many would-be influencers have struggled to show genuine love across their respective sphere of influence. Love for God and one another is the greatest commandment. Through the demonstration of three countercultural loving practices you win the heart of people.
The Sacrifice of Influence
Influence on the second shift is within your reach as you become a redemptive leader who understands the true source of security, refuse to let fear of failure impede your efforts, make your most productive use of time, and leverage important partnerships. Redemptive leaders are effective because they intuitively understand that they can only lead where they are willing to go. That is a sacrifice they are willing to make to discover God's will for their lives. Influence on the second shift is within your reach as you become a redemptive leader who understands the true source of security, refuse to let fear of failure impede your efforts, make your most productive use of time, and leverage important partnerships. Redemptive leaders are effective because they intuitively understand that they can only lead where they are willing to go. That is a sacrifice they are willing to make to discover God's will for their lives.


About the Author
Dr. Harold Arnold

Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr., Founder of The Pursuit of Influence, is a master of Second Shift influence. With a Ph.D. and Master's degree in Social and Organizational Psychology, Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Master's in Systems Engineering, Dr. Harold leverages his knowledge of business, social, and social systems to help leaders develop their deepest passions into robust spheres of influence.

On his Second Shift, Dr. Harold writes and speaks extensively on marriage and family relationships, served as Director of Christian Education for a large urban church, Director of Black Marriage & Family for the Association for Marriage and Family Ministry, member of the editorial board for the Journal of Social Issues, adjunct faculty for a Christian university, and author of Marriage ROCKS for Christian Couples. His favorite hobbies include watching good movies, reading good books, experiencing different cultures, and getting in some cardiovascular workouts.

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