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Publisher's Summary We live our lives word by word - to build our relationships, to convey our points of view, to object to wrongs done to us or to others, to comfort our children and our friends. We also use the wrong words - sometimes unknowingly - and get ourselves into situations we'd rather not be in. As Stephen R. Covey points out in his introduction: "Words sell and w Publisher's Summary We live our lives word by word - to build our relationships, to convey our points of view, to object to wrongs done to us or to others, to comfort our children and our friends. We also use the wrong words - sometimes unknowingly - and get ourselves into situations we'd rather not be in. As Stephen R. Covey points out in his introduction: "Words sell and words repel; Words lead and words impede; Words heal and words kill." Kevin Hall discovered the deeper power inherent in words after a fateful encounter with a wise shopkeeper in Vienna. When that led to an introduction to an esteemed etymologist residing in a senior home, Hall embarked on a project that changed his life, and has since changed the lives of thousands. Discover the eleven words - as well as the secret word - that when used correctly, can light your path to the lifelong success you deserve.


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Publisher's Summary We live our lives word by word - to build our relationships, to convey our points of view, to object to wrongs done to us or to others, to comfort our children and our friends. We also use the wrong words - sometimes unknowingly - and get ourselves into situations we'd rather not be in. As Stephen R. Covey points out in his introduction: "Words sell and w Publisher's Summary We live our lives word by word - to build our relationships, to convey our points of view, to object to wrongs done to us or to others, to comfort our children and our friends. We also use the wrong words - sometimes unknowingly - and get ourselves into situations we'd rather not be in. As Stephen R. Covey points out in his introduction: "Words sell and words repel; Words lead and words impede; Words heal and words kill." Kevin Hall discovered the deeper power inherent in words after a fateful encounter with a wise shopkeeper in Vienna. When that led to an introduction to an esteemed etymologist residing in a senior home, Hall embarked on a project that changed his life, and has since changed the lives of thousands. Discover the eleven words - as well as the secret word - that when used correctly, can light your path to the lifelong success you deserve.

30 review for Aspire!: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words (Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily Beeson

    I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book. It was recommended reading for a homeschool retreat, so I ordered it only knowing the info you see on the cover. Surprisingly powerful and engaging, Aspire turned out to be a 5 Star read. Kevin Hall discusses the power of words. As a book-lover and aspiring writer, you might think I had already grasped that concept, but this book has a different angle than you might expect. Hall talks about the original meanings behind words, helping us to gra I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book. It was recommended reading for a homeschool retreat, so I ordered it only knowing the info you see on the cover. Surprisingly powerful and engaging, Aspire turned out to be a 5 Star read. Kevin Hall discusses the power of words. As a book-lover and aspiring writer, you might think I had already grasped that concept, but this book has a different angle than you might expect. Hall talks about the original meanings behind words, helping us to grasp a much fuller understanding of the words and concepts. I found myself highlighting many parts, but I was particularly interested in the original meanings of the words. The first word Kevin Hall discusses is Ganshai. While this word is not a familiar one to English speakers (It's actually an ancient Hindi word.), the meaning is powerful. "Genshai means that you never treat anyone small--and that includes yourself...If I were to walk by a beggar in the street and casually toss him a coin, I would not be practicing Genshai. But if I knelt down on my knees and looked him in the eye when I placed that coin in his hand, that coin became love. Then and only then, after I had exhibited pure, unconditional brotherly love, would I become a true practitioner of Genshai." Other words discussed include: Pathfinder (leader), Namaste, Passion, Sapere Vedere, Humility, Inspire, Empathy, Coach, Ollin, and Integrity, among others. Listen to this: "Originating with the Greeks, 'enthusiasm' means God within or God's gifts within. Enthusiasm, he went on to explain, is the fuel of happiness and bliss. It refers to the divine light that shines within each of us." Do you see how just understanding where the words came from can open our eyes to a deeper understanding and a new commitment to live well? I was drawn to concepts that I could apply to myself as a mother and teacher of my children. "To inspire to breathe into. The Master of Words explained that when we breathe life into another, we inspire their hopes, goals, and dreams...When you 'encourage', you add to some-one's heart. And when you 'discourage,' you take away from someone's heart." And I loved this: "Originally crafted for aristocracy, coaches carried important people to their desired destinations in luxury and ease...Over time, other forms of transportation adopted the term "coach"...But however far-reaching and prevalent the word has become since the first coach rolled out of production in Kocs, the meaning has not changed. A "coach" remains something, or someone, who carries a valued person from where they are to where they want to be." I recommend this book for people who want to increase their understanding of language and aim for self-improvement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Watkins

    I can proudly say that the Professor is my Grandfather! I was reading this book with a different set of eyes, mostly zeroing on things my Grandfather would say or offer. I always remember him lecturing us on his linguistic knowledge or offering a story from his life, all very fascinating. The book offered interesting insights and stories from Kevin's life, as well as those he has come to know. Everything was really well-written and logical. One complaint I have about the book is it almost feels I can proudly say that the Professor is my Grandfather! I was reading this book with a different set of eyes, mostly zeroing on things my Grandfather would say or offer. I always remember him lecturing us on his linguistic knowledge or offering a story from his life, all very fascinating. The book offered interesting insights and stories from Kevin's life, as well as those he has come to know. Everything was really well-written and logical. One complaint I have about the book is it almost feels as if Kevin is hiding the fact that he lives in Utah (always refers to living 'in the Rocky Mountains', etc), and that he is LDS (Mormon). Not that you must disclose that, but my Grandfather was a professor at BYU...a private university owned by the LDS church. Also not mentioned, even though BYU has some of the best and leading linguistics programs in the world. It wouldn't really matter to me, but whenever he mentions places outside of Utah, he offers details about where he is and what he is doing. When he is inside of Utah, it's clear to me that he is in Utah because I have been there many times. Very vague if you aren't as familiar.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Aspire Discovering You Purpose Through the Power of Words is a book like no other I have ever read. I couldn’t put it down and I find myself reading it over and over, underlining, highlighting and sharing its content on my facebook and blog. I have gifted about 40 books. The secret word reveled in chapter one shot right to my heart, leaving me more conscientious of the words I speak and the way I treat others. I am a happier, kinder person having learned the meaning of Genshai. Thank you Kevin f Aspire Discovering You Purpose Through the Power of Words is a book like no other I have ever read. I couldn’t put it down and I find myself reading it over and over, underlining, highlighting and sharing its content on my facebook and blog. I have gifted about 40 books. The secret word reveled in chapter one shot right to my heart, leaving me more conscientious of the words I speak and the way I treat others. I am a happier, kinder person having learned the meaning of Genshai. Thank you Kevin for writing and sharing your wisdom and insight of Genshai and the other 10 powerful words and their meanings. Aspire breathed new life into me and has inspired me to go after my dreams with the confidence that I can do anything. It was catastrophic in sending me on a journey of networking and surrounding myself with incredible people. I recently was able to go to India to teach a goal setting program at a college for young women. One of the highlights of my trip was teaching the 700 plus young women the meaning of the word Genshai and gifting 15 teachers their own copy of Aspire. Aspire is changing lives all over the world. I highly recommend Aspire to everyone! It’s a feel good, do good, and be good, kind of book. If you want a book that is different than anything else you have ever read.............buy and read Aspire today!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    I enjoyed this book about positive words! My rating: 4.5. I found this audiobook exciting to listen to. Of course, I am a person who loves words. I especially love positive and encouraging words. This work shares eleven strong words that follow a journey of growth by the author. There are really more words than the primary eleven, (dubbed "core" words) because the author expands with root words and derivatives that run off on rabbit trails – wonderful side trips. The claims of the blurb may be a b I enjoyed this book about positive words! My rating: 4.5. I found this audiobook exciting to listen to. Of course, I am a person who loves words. I especially love positive and encouraging words. This work shares eleven strong words that follow a journey of growth by the author. There are really more words than the primary eleven, (dubbed "core" words) because the author expands with root words and derivatives that run off on rabbit trails – wonderful side trips. The claims of the blurb may be a bit grandiose as I don’t think it takes a secret word to lead to success. Still the words come with strong, positive and powerful messages that can improve a life with their positive approach. They are inspiring in their power and description. This work might be good in print as it sounded like it comes with workbook pages to expand the words and share them with others. These are words that can enhance a journey of growth for any listener (reader) who is interested in pursing the path. Although I may not implement the words in a journal, I thoroughly enjoyed them and learning how they impacted the author’s life. This is a book I think I would listen to more than once or twice. I recommend this to readers who enjoy learning about words and the impact they can have. Audio Notes: Patrick Lawlor does a good job with the narration. His voice is clear and shares the excitement of the author. I enjoyed the listening experience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Britni

    The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about how people don't know how to write or communicate anymore because of the increase in technology that does it for us. Emails, text messages, and smart phones make the need for people to learn how to write and communicate almost nonexistent. Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words reminded me why I loved being an English major and that I really like words and what words stand for. But this book has nothing to do with The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about how people don't know how to write or communicate anymore because of the increase in technology that does it for us. Emails, text messages, and smart phones make the need for people to learn how to write and communicate almost nonexistent. Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words reminded me why I loved being an English major and that I really like words and what words stand for. But this book has nothing to do with being an English major. Aspire is a non-fiction book that is broken up into eleven different chapters that each focus on a different word (well words really) and how practicing that word can really change your life for the better. Words that we all hear and know like passion, humility, and inspire. And words that we don't all know well like ollin and sapere vedere. Each chapter includes some sort of story or anecdote where Hall explains how he learned the true meaning of each of these words. There were a lot of things that I really liked about this book, but there were two things that I absolutely loved. Each chapter, along with a poignant anecdote, also included a true linguistic explanation of each word (e.g., inspire comes from the Latin "inspirare," and "spirare" means to breathe. So inspire literally means to breathe into). The linguistic explanations were fascinating to me and really tied into Hall's explanations of each word. And the second part I loved was Hall's "journal thoughts" about each word at the end of each chapter. It allowed me more of an insight into the mind of the author as he thought through each word and the true meaning behind it. Overall I really enjoyed this book and finished it with a newly gained knowledge and appreciation for words and even more than that, for becoming a better person. All of the words that Hall focuses on are characteristics of the people I admire the most - empathy, humility, coach - and characteristics that I think we all can use some work on. 5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Coombs

    Can Aspire help me with my addictions? The answer is YES! My name is Jason and I am a recovering addict/alcoholic. My dear friend, Steve Carlston, gifted Aspire to me about two years ago. The book sat in my car for two weeks until one night while working a graveyard shift I decided to grab it and read the first chapter. At the time I was only interested in book about addiction recovery, but I didn't want to let the gift from Steve go to waste. For the first time in my life, I was absolutely capti Can Aspire help me with my addictions? The answer is YES! My name is Jason and I am a recovering addict/alcoholic. My dear friend, Steve Carlston, gifted Aspire to me about two years ago. The book sat in my car for two weeks until one night while working a graveyard shift I decided to grab it and read the first chapter. At the time I was only interested in book about addiction recovery, but I didn't want to let the gift from Steve go to waste. For the first time in my life, I was absolutely captivated reading a book. I was blindsided that the entire book aligned with everything I had learned in recovery. Principles that saved my life: such as humility, honoring my God-given gifts, relying on my Higher Power, serving others, and being willing to suffer for what I love. Furthermore, my recovery took on a deeper, more personal meaning to me. I started to set goals for my life and decided to face some of the fears that were holding me back. I made the decision to begin exercising again and have lost 65 pounds. I made the decision to go back to school and get my Masters in Professional Communications and I have one more year left. I decided to begin the process of writing my own book about the gifts I learned through my addiction. My relationships are more meaningful to me than ever before. Ultimately, I understand my purpose in life and that is to assist and inspire others who suffer from addiction find hope and meaning in their suffering. The principles Kevin taught me in Aspire have given me a new life. Today I am in my third year of sobriety and I have never been happier. By reading Aspire, my recovery was injected with new hope, clarity, and motivation. I recommend it to anyone who struggles with addiction, hopelessness, or limiting beliefs. We all have our struggles in life and this book gives them a sacred meaning and directions to overcome them. Just read the first chapter and you will see what I mean. Kevin, you are my brother and I thank you for sharing this gift with me. Changed my life!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This book had such an impact on me after I heard the author speak in June of 2010. AS a result, I purchased copies for my entire family for Christmas and we are reading and discussing a chapter a month during 2011. When Kevin Hall's principles are put into practice, your life will take on greater purpose, meaning, direction and achievement. I love this book! The stories he shares to teach the principles are compelling and inspirational. This book had such an impact on me after I heard the author speak in June of 2010. AS a result, I purchased copies for my entire family for Christmas and we are reading and discussing a chapter a month during 2011. When Kevin Hall's principles are put into practice, your life will take on greater purpose, meaning, direction and achievement. I love this book! The stories he shares to teach the principles are compelling and inspirational.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ifeanyi Onuoha

    You have read books but you have not read a book like Aspire: discovering your purpose through the power of words. In this great book, Kevin Hall enlightens us by showing us the magnificent power of words - tools we can use to shape our thoughts, beliefs and destinies - to help us create favorable occasion for ourselves and entire humankind. In this book you will come to focus with eleven (11) words which is the foundation for the eleven chapters of this book that will change your life forever. You have read books but you have not read a book like Aspire: discovering your purpose through the power of words. In this great book, Kevin Hall enlightens us by showing us the magnificent power of words - tools we can use to shape our thoughts, beliefs and destinies - to help us create favorable occasion for ourselves and entire humankind. In this book you will come to focus with eleven (11) words which is the foundation for the eleven chapters of this book that will change your life forever. It is a must read! Aspire is a masterwork from a master. The title alone is very inspiring, mind - provoking and captivating. Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins publishers, printed in the United States of America is a first class life enrichment book. The title design was done by Iskar and book design by Francine Eden Platt, Eden graphics. From page layering, font size, paper texture, ISBN, color to size, everything about this book is great. It's a book you must read to be upward and forward in life. Kevin Hall, a highly sought after business consultant, speaker, leadership and life coach is gifted and has been recognized for his groundbreaking approach to uncovering the hidden and secret meaning of words. The author is a powerful wordsmith. As a leader and authority on power of words, he has empowered humanity by putting down theses timeless truths in this book titled "ASPIRE: Discovering Your Purpose through the Power Of words" for us to read, get wise and be tremendously blessed. This book is the genre of leadership of leadership, communication, inspiration, biography, life and general books. Synergy is truly the sagacity that builds and leads cities. The forward of this book was written by Stephen R. Covey, bestselling author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 8 Habits - Effectiveness to Greatness. Just as Stephen R. Covey broke new ground in human development over twenty years ago by uncovering the habits that makes a meaningful and effective life, Kevin Hall breaks new ground by uncovering and revealing the true intent and meaning of words. This book dedicated to the indisputable master of words Professor Arthur Watkins must be your companion if you want to lead and excel in life. The afterword was written by Dr. Gerald Bell, founder of the Bell leadership institute. This book is an excellent compendium of the wisdom and sagacity of sages. In it you will meet Marianne Williamson, Buddha, Victor Frankl, Mother Theresa, Art Berg, Og Madino, Pravin Chekoori, and other great personality. In this book, it features quotes and thoughts of sapience and you will surely enjoy Kelvin's journal of thoughts and book of greats. The book has an author's note. You can't drop this book, in it you will commune with immortals. While reading this book I was brought to the level where humanity meets divinity, tears rolled down my eyes and I was quickened to do more to better the system that drives progress of our world. I have used what I learned from this book to facilitate positive changes in my community. This book will help you find the right path, teach you humility, inspire your passion for greatness, coach you on how to be a person of influence and integrity. One thing I know is that this best-selling book Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kelvin Hall will ignite the fire within you to be a success. You can get you copies at Amazon, Barnes and nobles and other leading book stores in the world. Get your copy, read and be blessed. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha is a Positive Change Facilitator, Author, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Life Coach, Visionary Leader and a life-giving spirit. He is the Founder/President of Higherlife International; a non-governmental organization dedicated and focused on enriching lives positively, an Administrator at Chiysonovelty Book Club, an arm of Chiysonovelty International and a Chaplain at International Christians Corp and Chaplaincy. He uses his sagacity and the substance of his sapience to empower all and sundry to be outstanding and upstanding. A genius that is helping others greet the genius in them. Ifeanyi is the author of the great life-enriching book titled Overcoming the Challenges of Life. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ifea... Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6686807 In a world where originality is going into extinction and people dying as copies, Kevin Hall has unearthed the original powerful secrets of sucess - the power of words. Aspire is a masterwork that helps you discover your life's purpose. Thank you Kevin Hall for this gift of immortality. I endorse and recommend it for all! NAMASTÉ.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judee

    Aspire!: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall, changed everything for me. The book especially changed how I treated others including myself.The secret word GENSHAI- has now become my word, "Never treating someone in a manner that is small or demeaning, including yourself." This resonated deeply with me, The journey that Aspire takes you on allows you to change things that you can change in your life and understand that others just have to be accepted. It allowed me t Aspire!: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall, changed everything for me. The book especially changed how I treated others including myself.The secret word GENSHAI- has now become my word, "Never treating someone in a manner that is small or demeaning, including yourself." This resonated deeply with me, The journey that Aspire takes you on allows you to change things that you can change in your life and understand that others just have to be accepted. It allowed me to see that I have gifts as well as a purpose.. we all do. Each chapter, each word, each person, that is highlighted within the book, touches your heart and soul. I have read and re-read the book more times than I can count. Each time something else resonates with me, and is highlighted in a different color then the previous time. I have given the book as a gift to those that I have met who were once strangers, as well as friends, aquaintances and family. By gifting over 50+ books, the world is changing one person at a time. Kevin is an authentic, heart-centered inspiring author, speaker and now a friend, who touches everyone he meets and leaves them better for having met him. I highly recommend Aspire!: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words for anyone of all ages to see how truly the words we read and the words we speak can change LIFE as you know it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    April

    For years I have been interested in self improvement, the Law of Attraction and pretty much anything that gives me insight and understanding about how to tap into my own minds power to better my life and improve myself personally. There are many great books that are just packed with a wealth information...sometimes though it can be difficult to retain and then apply the wealth of the information to ones actual life. I love the simple yet profound message in Kevin Halls Aspire. It is easy to read For years I have been interested in self improvement, the Law of Attraction and pretty much anything that gives me insight and understanding about how to tap into my own minds power to better my life and improve myself personally. There are many great books that are just packed with a wealth information...sometimes though it can be difficult to retain and then apply the wealth of the information to ones actual life. I love the simple yet profound message in Kevin Halls Aspire. It is easy to read but as I read it, it stirs something deep within in me an understanding and a recognition of truth of which I deep down inherently have always known and felt. Kevin has put words to beliefs and feelings I have always known, but until now without being able to identify them & define in words, it is more difficult to find purpose in the just feelings or apply them in a meaningful way in my own life. I feel as though I have a discovered a great secret, one that has already began to unlock many doors I had closed in my life. I feel like I am ready to swing these doors wide and begin to live life to my fullest potential. This is becuase Kevin's work has shown me that what I am passionate about is my purpose, and in a world where others will often dictate what they feel our purpose is to be, sometimes from the time you are born....this is very valuable knowledge. Thank you Kevin Hall.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    After reading Aspire, something changed inside of me. Two days after reading the book I asked my daughter to take me to church with her and her family. What an experience, it was just like I had after reading the book. This book encouraged me too do things that I have put off for many years. I feel so much better about life in general and especially about God and our Lord Jesus Christ. The three of you have changed my thoughts and actions, (but there is a long way to go). Kevin it was an honor t After reading Aspire, something changed inside of me. Two days after reading the book I asked my daughter to take me to church with her and her family. What an experience, it was just like I had after reading the book. This book encouraged me too do things that I have put off for many years. I feel so much better about life in general and especially about God and our Lord Jesus Christ. The three of you have changed my thoughts and actions, (but there is a long way to go). Kevin it was an honor to meet you in person. Thank you for a wonderful book. Everybody needs to read this book, it could literally change the world for the better. Aspire!: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Robinson

    I attended a seminar with Kevin Hall and Chad Hymas and I can't say enough good about both of them. Each were dynamic, and, yet, so different. Chad is in a wheelchair and his story of triumph after being paralyzed in an accident reminded me of the determination of the human spirit to overcome challenges and rise to the top. Kevin's approach to self-improvement begins with a journey to India where he discovers "The Book of Greats." Inspired by "Man's Search for Meaning" he discovers meaning in hi I attended a seminar with Kevin Hall and Chad Hymas and I can't say enough good about both of them. Each were dynamic, and, yet, so different. Chad is in a wheelchair and his story of triumph after being paralyzed in an accident reminded me of the determination of the human spirit to overcome challenges and rise to the top. Kevin's approach to self-improvement begins with a journey to India where he discovers "The Book of Greats." Inspired by "Man's Search for Meaning" he discovers meaning in his own life after meeting a fabric shop owner who introduces him to the concept of Genshai. His book, Aspire, is worth reading. Worth Pondering. Can be life-altering if you let it be. I plan to hold my own "Book of Greats" dinner with some very close friends and family.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    Etymology, History, Biography, all wrapped into a captivating book where you can feel the energy from the strength of the words mentioned. If you need insight on WHO you were sent here to be, and WHAT your life mission is....this is the book to start you on that path. I am not a writer, however I am a lover of words. I love to read, and this book is covered in the notations and underlines for it is FULL of wisdom and truth.

  14. 4 out of 5

    C. Spencer Reynolds

    This book has lit a fire under me! I've been a huge journalese for many years and this just gave me a whole new twist on my journal writing for this time in my life. I have started my 'Book of Greats' and I am searching for great people who influence my life, and recognizing them for the role they have played in my life! Thanks Kevin for an amazing book!!! This book has lit a fire under me! I've been a huge journalese for many years and this just gave me a whole new twist on my journal writing for this time in my life. I have started my 'Book of Greats' and I am searching for great people who influence my life, and recognizing them for the role they have played in my life! Thanks Kevin for an amazing book!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Prothero

    such a great read if you want to think a bit about self-improvement. Kevin Hall becomes fascinated with words and the power of them and decides to determine the most powerful words, if their meaning applied to your life, you can find peace and happiness. I thought the breakdown of some of my favorite words, their origins, and true meaning was interesting. I am also happy to learn of some other words I didn't know of. It was well worth the read. And easy. Pretty short book. For each word you lear such a great read if you want to think a bit about self-improvement. Kevin Hall becomes fascinated with words and the power of them and decides to determine the most powerful words, if their meaning applied to your life, you can find peace and happiness. I thought the breakdown of some of my favorite words, their origins, and true meaning was interesting. I am also happy to learn of some other words I didn't know of. It was well worth the read. And easy. Pretty short book. For each word you learn, you are supposed to think of someone who personifies that word and explain the them why you think of them as such. I thought it was valuable. Anyway... happy reading!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I rank Aspire as #1 in the self-improvement books I've read. It's more than inspirational, it opens pathways in the heart and mind that are catalysts for change. Each chapter's subject is headlined by a precise word introducing a pertanent theme. Hall drives learning through the use of stories and provides suggested exercise to integrate each quality into one's life. I'm adding this book to our family list of 'must read' along with Man's Search for Meaning and Siddartha. I rank Aspire as #1 in the self-improvement books I've read. It's more than inspirational, it opens pathways in the heart and mind that are catalysts for change. Each chapter's subject is headlined by a precise word introducing a pertanent theme. Hall drives learning through the use of stories and provides suggested exercise to integrate each quality into one's life. I'm adding this book to our family list of 'must read' along with Man's Search for Meaning and Siddartha.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lmoravick

    Reading this book has really opened my eyes, sometimes I felt confronted by what I had read, only to realize it was due to part, I was learning a lesson or I may have wish I was a way that I truly wasn’t. Aspire gave me new ways to look at myself and I also saw greatness in myself where I may have otherwise missed. Words, I must admit, have taken on a new meaning. I know I am now on my way to finding success with the new tools I now hold. Thank you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Syrena

    I absolutely loved this book!! I admit, I have a word fetish... especially feel-good words. The author had me wrapped around his little finger in the very first chapter when he took me through a fabric store (for those of you that know me, need i say more) ~ but it was just a lovely collection of stories, amazing everyday people that are viewed as extraordinary by the rest of us. ~Genshai!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    I would like to thank Kevin Hall for writing the book ASPIRE . I read it when it first came out and I pick it up and read it often. I can honestly say that it changed my life. I realize this is a very bold statement ,so I sat down and did some thinking on why I can say that. The other day I happened to run in to Kevin in the grocery store .Imagine that, of all the people in the world I happen to run into Kevin! At the check stand as he was finishing up I ask him if he was Kevin Hall. Very humbly I would like to thank Kevin Hall for writing the book ASPIRE . I read it when it first came out and I pick it up and read it often. I can honestly say that it changed my life. I realize this is a very bold statement ,so I sat down and did some thinking on why I can say that. The other day I happened to run in to Kevin in the grocery store .Imagine that, of all the people in the world I happen to run into Kevin! At the check stand as he was finishing up I ask him if he was Kevin Hall. Very humbly he said he was. You see I had the opportunity to be in a small gathering with Kevin when his book first came out. My daughter and I met him at that time. I also met him in passing one other time. The thing I realized as we talked that he was living the principle of " GENSHI" as he writes in his about in his book. Kevin treats others as equal. As I shook his hand I felt a bond of friendship. Kevin is a very special person. Kevin treats every one with the same amount of respect no matter their social status. So I guess the biggest reason I feel ASPIRE has made such a big difference in my life is because I look at my life differently and I treat others differently. One other thing he talks about in the book is the word" pathfinder "It has change how I see my future and the way I attack it as I journey through this life .It has INSPIRED me to always look for ways to serve others . ASPIRE" is a special book . Yes I can honestly say it has changed my life. It gives me a blue print on how to live my life . Now it is up to me to act upon the principles in the book. Thanks Kevin for the care and knowledge I would like to thank Kevin Hall for writing the book ASPIRE . I read it when it first came out and I pick it I can honestly say that it changed my life. I realize this is a very bold statement ,so I sat down and did some thinking on why I can say that. The other day I happened to run in to Kevin in the grocery store .Imagine that, of all the people in the world I happen to run into Kevin! At the check stand as he was finishing up I ask him if he was Kevin Hall. Very humbly he said he was. You see I had the opportunity to be in a small gathering with Kevin when his book first came out. My daughter and I met him at that time. I also met him in passing one other time. The thing I realized as we talked that he was living the principle of " GENSHI" as he writes in his about in his book. Kevin treats others as equal. As I shook his hand I felt a bond of friendship. Kevin is a very special person. Kevin treats every one with the same amount of respect no matter their social status. So I guess the biggest reason I feel ASPIRE has made such a big difference in my life is because I look at my life differently and I treat others differently. One other thing he talks about in the book is the word" pathfinder "It has change how I see my future and the way I attack it as I journey through this life .It has INSPIRED me to always look for ways to serve others . ASPIRE" is a special book . Yes I can honestly say it has changed my life. It gives me a blue print on how to live my life . Now it is up to me to act upon the principles in the book. Thanks Kevin for the care and knowledge Sincerely Kenny Crump

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennpipe

    I don't think I just "discovered" this book, I firmly believe it was put in my path at a specific time by a higher power. I read it once. I read it twice. I ordered a case and gave copies out at Christmas. In this critical "crisis point" time in the world, it is ever so important to remember to uplift, inspire, give back, and love ourselves. Kevin talks about this masterfully in his eleven key principles, as he weaves a compelling tale of how his travels and his personal associations impacted hi I don't think I just "discovered" this book, I firmly believe it was put in my path at a specific time by a higher power. I read it once. I read it twice. I ordered a case and gave copies out at Christmas. In this critical "crisis point" time in the world, it is ever so important to remember to uplift, inspire, give back, and love ourselves. Kevin talks about this masterfully in his eleven key principles, as he weaves a compelling tale of how his travels and his personal associations impacted his life. I loved this book so much that I have committed to be a harbinger of the message, and I am weaving Kevin's "words" into a series of classes I teach called "Self Esteem Through Art." In the classes, designed for children ages 7-18 in all communities, I creatively weave messages about bullying, self-worth, random acts of kindness, giving back to society, and being completely comfortable in your uniqueness into assorted art projects. Aspire was put on my path to help me discover, implement,and ignite my true passions. This book was put on my path to remind me that despite what society is teaching us these days, it truly is better to be a giver! Thank you, Kevin!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    I had the opportunity to be a sponsor at a workshop for teens earlier this year where Kevin Hall was the keynote speaker. He gifted everyone at the workshop his book Aspire! I watched one teen, who was very closed and obviously not interested in attending the workshop, get very interested in the book and actually finish it by the end of the day. Kevin has a funny, kind and compassionate way of reaching out to teens and inspiring them. The kids were enthralled with him. At the end of the workshop I had the opportunity to be a sponsor at a workshop for teens earlier this year where Kevin Hall was the keynote speaker. He gifted everyone at the workshop his book Aspire! I watched one teen, who was very closed and obviously not interested in attending the workshop, get very interested in the book and actually finish it by the end of the day. Kevin has a funny, kind and compassionate way of reaching out to teens and inspiring them. The kids were enthralled with him. At the end of the workshop Kevin handed me a card. When I opened the envelope, on the cover was the word "Empathy." I thought, "how does he know?" I went home and began to read his book. I was hooked at word one. Of course, MY word is EMPATHY. I am also quite fond of Genshai. I have always been a big fan of treating others with kindness. Aspire! has a way of lifting the human spirit and inspiring all of us to be the best we can be.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Kevin lived across the street from us in our last neighborhood. He and his wife were amazing neighbors. We often shared eggs, sugar, etc. After I read this book I have a greater love and appreciation for them. The information in this book is uplifting and inspiring and knowing Kevin, who is the perfect example of what he is teaching, has helped me want to "Aspire". So many great words now have a deeper meaning to me. Kevin lived across the street from us in our last neighborhood. He and his wife were amazing neighbors. We often shared eggs, sugar, etc. After I read this book I have a greater love and appreciation for them. The information in this book is uplifting and inspiring and knowing Kevin, who is the perfect example of what he is teaching, has helped me want to "Aspire". So many great words now have a deeper meaning to me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Reggie Walker

    I love words and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have been studying word origins for years now and the more I learn the more stunned I am by their power to help transform our lives and build our intelligence. Kevin has identified 11 powerful words that can build your character and your vocabulary. As a fellow etymologist, I highly recommend this book to everyone.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Don Tate

    Excellent book and well worth reading! The author actually lives what he is talking about and is one of the finest people you would ever want to know! Easy to read - as Stephen Covey would say, "a good evening's reading" and also highly recommends the book. Excellent book and well worth reading! The author actually lives what he is talking about and is one of the finest people you would ever want to know! Easy to read - as Stephen Covey would say, "a good evening's reading" and also highly recommends the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brett Walker

    A great, thought-provoking book on assessing what really drives us. "Aspire" nails the idea of a purpose-driven life with very personal stories from Kevin. He delivers something unique and insightful. A great, thought-provoking book on assessing what really drives us. "Aspire" nails the idea of a purpose-driven life with very personal stories from Kevin. He delivers something unique and insightful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew I.

    The latent power of words Kevin Hall gave a lucid argument for words. For me, his afternoons with Arthur Watkins made a deep impression on me, leaving me with a higher appreciation and love for words.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    Completely life-changing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I have a friend who has been transforming her life in simply amazing ways this last year. I’ve watched with awe, all that she is doing and accomplishing; and the things that are dropping into her path to guide her forward. Once I noticed through social media, a friend of hers expressing jealousy for the life she is living now. Inside, I knew that the life of bliss she’s leading is something that is available to all of us, if we’re able to grow in our lives. We as people stop ourselves, something I have a friend who has been transforming her life in simply amazing ways this last year. I’ve watched with awe, all that she is doing and accomplishing; and the things that are dropping into her path to guide her forward. Once I noticed through social media, a friend of hers expressing jealousy for the life she is living now. Inside, I knew that the life of bliss she’s leading is something that is available to all of us, if we’re able to grow in our lives. We as people stop ourselves, something her friend didn’t seem to realize. In the past, I had transformed my life in some major ways, and then rested on my laurels and backslid, returning to old habits that I didn’t want in my life. I knew I was stuck, but unsure of how to move forward. I discussed it with my friend. I told her I wanted to move forward with my life, and wondered if she had any recommendations of books I could use to get me started on my journey. She said there were two books that she read last year that absolutely transformed her life. One of these books was, Aspire. With that I purchased this book and began my journey. I’m finding this book to be a revelation to be pondered, thought about, and written about in my journal as I read and study each chapter with the wealth of ideas, thoughts, quotes and stories. Sometimes within a couple of days of reading a chapter, I find circumstances popping up in my life where all of a sudden the meaning in the book and how to apply it in my life becomes clearer. Using the new insights I’ve found my path lighted to help me go in a “different direction”, than I otherwise would have. I’m thrilled at what is happening within me as I read, ponder and apply the lessons within. I would recommend this book to anyone who is on a journey to live their best life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    What could be more important than communication? How many conflicts and how much strife in our world's history, could have been prevented if the parties involved truly understood each other? And, what could be more essential in today's world than understanding how the words we use effect and affect our lives and our world? I've always been a believer in etymology as an important tool for improving communication, but Kevin's taken this to another level, with his ability to inspire and irradiate t What could be more important than communication? How many conflicts and how much strife in our world's history, could have been prevented if the parties involved truly understood each other? And, what could be more essential in today's world than understanding how the words we use effect and affect our lives and our world? I've always been a believer in etymology as an important tool for improving communication, but Kevin's taken this to another level, with his ability to inspire and irradiate the soul of the reader through the study of some of the most powerful words in spoken/ written language. If you're interested in improving your communication skills, enlightening your soul, revitalizing your mind, and increasing your empathy with an inspiring book, Kevin Hall's Aspire is a modern classic, in the arena of inspirational self-improvement literature, that I believe you will enjoy immensely. Leonardo da Vinci had seven principles by which he lived his life, and inspired the world. In a similar fashion, Kevin Hall offers 11 words, which, when understood through the paradigm of this book, can transform lives, and thus the world, in the most Awesome way imaginable. I'm am watching for Kevin's next book, "Healing through the power of words" with great anticipation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mari Landeros

    THIS IS what's stayed in my MIND. Humility is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied words in all of language. Humility is not being passive and submissive, nor is it distinguished by slumping shoulders, bowed heads and subservient downward glaces. Humility is about being TEACHABLE and COACHABLE. It trademarks a continual COMMITMENT to LEARNING and growing and expanding. It is living life in crescendo, w/ shoulders back and heads up as we reach and stretch to become our very best, and then THIS IS what's stayed in my MIND. Humility is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied words in all of language. Humility is not being passive and submissive, nor is it distinguished by slumping shoulders, bowed heads and subservient downward glaces. Humility is about being TEACHABLE and COACHABLE. It trademarks a continual COMMITMENT to LEARNING and growing and expanding. It is living life in crescendo, w/ shoulders back and heads up as we reach and stretch to become our very best, and then extend ourselves to HELP OTHERS do the same. And then, we start again. Reading the book of "ASPIRE" By Kevin Hall # Page 115 The middle of any journey always gets more difficult-- as does the middle of accomplishing our goals and dreams. That is where true passion comes in. But what symbolizes our life is the hyphen in between. What happens in the middle? What happens between the traumatic moments? The euphoric moments? And now, through a combination of hell and heaven of our own making. Page 85 of the Book "ASPIRE" by Kevin Hall ( Recommend reading this book it is AMAZING!! I LOVE IT! ♥ )

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