Book: A Practical Guide To SUCCESS in the United States Air Force by Rodney Phillipscategories: Book, Practical Guide, Success, Practical, Achievement, United States Air Force
Rodney Phillipsabout this book: "A Practical Guide To SUCCESS in the United States Air Force" is about channelling your energy toward reach greater heights and expanding ones level of achievement and influence by employing a few practical principles.
• What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration to write this book came from a careful reflection on the challenges endured growing up in a poor family of five; being raised by a single mom and reaching the highest rank an enlisted person can achieve in the United States Air Force: Chief Master Sergeant.
• Who are the primary readers of this book?
The primary readers of the book are current and future individuals who seek to advance through the ranks of the Air Force. It's also applicable to those who may be separating or nearing retirement and others. Because the book is centered on use of practical principles, its audience is easily expandable to include anyone in any facet of life seeking to reach his or her fullest potential.
• How long did it take to write it?
The book took me a little over 2 years to write.
• How did you come up with the title?
I came up with the title by taking into the account that there are lots of successful people in the Air Force who spend a lot of time giving "pointers" on things others can do to succeed. At times, when soliciting such information, I became overwhelmed with the variety of approaches to success and the enormous amount of descriptions successful people used to assist those, like me, who wanted to reach greater heights. As I succeeded, I cataloged those common themes into a collection of what I deemed important factors to success. Having come from a humble beginning and having been encouraged and assisted in my quest to succeed by others, it became my quest to give back through guiding others to the peak of their fullest potential.
• How did you come up with the cover?
I chose this cover because it uses a compass as the theme; portraying a guide to success.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part about writing the book was coming up with the chapter headings. I say this because no one magic formula exists to achieve success in the Air Force. If asked, many successful people will tell you many different contributors to success. My greatest challenge was to capture the one's I believe most important and effective.
• Did you do research for your book?
I did the research for my book through use of a careful reflection of my own experiences and adoption of substantive quotes and relevant information sources to substantiate my viewpoints. This process involved countless hours recreating scenarios, connecting with individuals involved and tailoring final details to both hold the audiences' attention and refrain from belaboring key points.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Because the book was based on an exploration of my experiences, I didn't learn much about the content but rather found myself better able to reveal a bit more information than I would have otherwise included in conversation. That said: I did learn that there are a lot of things I endured as a member of the United States Air Force that I wouldn't have ever thought I would face, some pleasant and some really, really unpleasant. I also learned how to capitalize on my strengths; I was able to navigate through each and every challenge with outstanding results.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
Although I don't proclaim to have any sort of magic formula for instantaneous success without any complications, I am convinced my book provides "A Practical Guide To SUCCESS in the United States Air Force" … that fits in the palm of your hand! Each of us has what it takes to be successful at whatever we choose to do in the Air Force and in life. Whether you aspire to be the best jet engine mechanic, crew chief, transportation specialist, security officer, college student, mentor, supervisor, role model, etc., you are capable of reaching greater height and raising your level of achievement. Having served more than 24 years; gaining some valuable experience and expertise; and being privileged to retire in 2011, as a chief master sergeant, I can help you get to the next level and offer this practical guide to getting you there. It worked for me; I'll confident it will work for you.
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