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The Power of Vision: Principles and Practices to Help You Become Extraordinary

Adult; Other Nonfiction; (Market)

After examining an immense trove of data, including articles, inaugural speeches, biographical reports, historical records, autobiographies, and almanacs, Oluwaseun Oyeniran explores how anyone can become extraordinary in life. With many feeling that their life lacks purpose and passion, this is a critical book at a critical time. Learn how to: • create a vision that propels you forward during challenging times; • operate with a big-picture mindset that informs daily habits; • triumph despite naysayers and negative external forces. The author highlights extraordinary individuals from throughout history that had a vision that pushed them forward. He walks you through how to define your vision, how having a vision can simplify life, and the benefits of dreaming big. It doesn’t matter where you came from, where you went to school, or what you’ve been told in the past: You can find purpose, passion, and become truly great by learning the lessons in The Power of Vision.
In this impassioned, provocative treatise, Oyeniran (Live Love Learn Grow), the founder of OyES Education, challenges readers to develop and actualize a personal vision as an opportunity to “become extraordinary” and build the future they desire. He argues that the true visionaries among us—the few who fully tap their innate potential for “uncommon greatness”—ultimately manifest personal visions for the betterment of humanity itself, rather than solely focusing on personal success. He urges readers to develop and dedicate themselves to grand personal visions, leaving behind lives of minor significance or impact for something greater.

The Power of Vision aims for greatness, studying the lives of Walt Disney, Masaru Ibuka, Helen Keller, Henry Ford, Nelson Mandela, and other historical figures (and perennial examples for self-help authors). Oyeniran delineates the route taken by each famous idealist, chronicling their hard work and perseverance, often in the face of denigration, failures, and danger (“Ibuka built Sony during a crisis, despite many failed attempts and almost being bankrupt experimenting with different ideas”). The true visionary, he notes, bears the responsibility to “challenge existing norms” and attempt to create a more noble world, a call-to-action that demands great focus and character. That may sound daunting, but Oyeniran insists that intense focus on “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” can make every reader a habitual change agent.

There’s power in Oyeniran’s insistence that the truly visionary approach is to better the world rather than just one’s own circumstances. The work’s first half becomes repetitive, with some chapters closely echoing each other in sentence structure and word choice, and some sections lionize the idea of a vision rather than offer clear guidance to help readers develop their own. Oyeniran’s focus tightens as he considers questions of leadership, character, and whether visionaries tend to be tyrannical. This enthusiastic guide poses challenging questions for readers eager to explore the possibility of visionary thinking.

Takeaway: This eager treatise challenges readers to develop ambitious personal visions not just for personal gain but for the advancement of humanity.

Great for fans of: Mark W. Johnson and Josh Suskewicz’s Lead from the Future, Joyce Schwarz’s The Vision Board.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: C
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: B