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Cover Page: i Title Page Page: iv Copyright Page: vi Contents Page: ix Introduction: Is Self-Help for Broken People? Page: xi   CHAPTER 1. The Lie: My Work Is Who I Am Page: 1   CHAPTER 2. The Lie: The Things That Have Worked Are the Things That Will Work Page: 17   CHAPTER 3. The Lie: I Have to Have It All Together Page: 27   CHAPTER 4. The Lie: A Drink Will Make This Better Page: 33   CHAPTER 5. The Lie: I Did Something Wrong, So I Am Something Wrong Page: 44   CHAPTER 6. The Lie: Everyone Is Thinking About What I’m Doing Page: 52   CHAPTER 7. The Lie: Being Right All the Time Doesn’t Make Me an Ass Page: 62   CHAPTER 8. The Lie: Failure Means You’re Weak Page: 69   CHAPTER 9. The Lie: It’s My Job to Protect Them from Problems Page: 77 CHAPTER 10.  The Lie: I Can Phone It In and Be Just Fine Page: 91 CHAPTER 11.  The Lie: If She Doesn’t Love Me, I’m Not Lovable Page: 98 CHAPTER 12.  The Lie: Real Men Don’t Show Emotion Page: 109 CHAPTER 13.  The Lie: I Know What She Needs Page: 112 CHAPTER 14.  The Lie: My Role in This Relationship Is Constant Page: 125 CHAPTER 15.  The Lie: If They Don’t Need Me, They Won’t Want Me Page: 138 CHAPTER 16.  The Lie: I Know What You’ve Been Through Page: 147 CHAPTER 17.  The Lie: Things That Are Possible for Other People Aren’t Possible for Me Page: 159 CHAPTER 18.  The Lie: I Need to Parent Like My Parents Page: 167 CHAPTER 19.  The Lie: I Can Achieve Balance If I Work Hard Enough Page: 174 Conclusion: Stay Out of Your Own Way with Intention and Discipline Page: 183 Recommended Reading Page: 206 Acknowledgments Page: 208 Notes Page: 211 About the Author Page: 214

The idea that you could be more but got in your own way should wake you up in the middle of the night. Dave Hollis used to think that “personal growth” was just for broken people, then he woke up. When a looming career funk, a growing drinking problem, and a challenging trek through therapy battered Dave Hollis, a Disney executive and father of four, he began to realize he was letting untruths about himself dictate his life. As he sank to the bottom of his valley, he had to make a choice. Would he push himself out of his comfort zone to become the best man he was capable of being, or would he play it safe and settle for mediocrity? In Get Out of Your Own Way, Dave tackles topics he once found it difficult to be honest about, things like his struggles with alcohol and his insecurities about being a dad. Offering encouragement, challenges, and a hundred moments to laugh, Dave will help you: Discover the way for those of us who are, like he was, skeptical of self-help but wanting something more than the status quo Drop negative ideas about who we are supposed to be and finally start living as who we really are See our own journeys more clearly as he unpacks the lies he once believed—such as “I Have to Have It All Together” and “Failure Means You’re Weak” Learn the tools that helped him change his life, and may change your life too Get Out of Your Own Way is a call to arms for anyone who’s interested in a more fulfilled life, who, along the way, may have lost their “why” and now wonders how to unlock their potential or be better for their loved ones.
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