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The Power of Your Past: The Art of Recalling, Recasting, and Reclaiming

By: John P. Schuster
Length: 240 pages
Release date: 04/11/2011
Available Formats: PDF, EPUB
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Summary of The Power of Your Past: The Art of Recalling, Recasting, and Reclaiming

There’s nothing wrong with “living in the now”—except that it’s only part of our story. If we underuse or misuse our past, we’re losing a tremendous source of wisdom and self-knowledge. The problem isn’t the past itself, it’s that we don’t use it well.

John Schuster exposes the many ways we ignore, distort, or become captive to our pasts and explains how we can tap into this underutilized treasure trove. He shows how to systematically recall key images and experiences that have influenced us, for good or ill, and reclaim the positive experiences—deepen our understanding of their impact and use them to guide our going forward. The negative experiences must be recast—reinterpreted so that they no longer lessen our possibilities but rather serve to expand our understanding of who we are and what we can be. Schuster’s enlightening and entertaining stories as well as simple and compelling techniques will enable you to make your past sing and play and work for you.



  1. anonymous

    The spring of “The Power of Your Past”, John Schuster, seems to be a step ahead of me. Recently, I was thinking deep thoughts about the concept of finding your “calling”, realizing that I don’t believe I hold a calling, but my daughter thinks she has a calling to be a nurse. Ends up, Schuster has a book on that, and I found that book an sharp way for me to think through the concept. I’ve also been having deep thoughts on what it means to pass on wisdom to the near generation, my daughters, who probably aren’t interested and certainly haven’t asked, but I believe they’re gonna get lots of earfuls from me over the near few years as they enter college and their careers. In thinking about the past, there are certainly those moments you celebrate, and I suspect for most there are those episodes that compel you cringe. Schuster, in this book, suggests reflecting on all your pasts through the goal of understanding. He provides a very open framework into reviewing your past, three steps really. One of those steps is to look at those negative events besides you could wallow in, and instead to recast them based on what you know now. So instead of re-feeling the misery of getting rejected by just girl in college, I can recast the story to relate how much I had to learn. It’s more palatable, and it’s true, and it’s something akin to wisdom yet might come in valuable some day in some way. I appreciated Schuster’s candid method to rethink episodes in my past to glean learnings from, and I see myself diving into my past with more confidence, exploring to see what I can make of the episodes I (and my friends) can recall. I found the book dropped a few times into terminology that was probably unnecessary and could have been clearer, the overall package was healthy done. I found the concepts presented here valuable.

  2. Althea Gasparino

    The past never goes anywhere. It is through us always. In the culture of the “now” we risk losing out on the transformative occasion of recollecting that which has passed away. Reflecting upon personal gains and losses through the lenses of accumulated acquaintance and knowledge guides one towards a more meaningful life. Ignoring the past is foolishness. Know where you’ve been to get where you’re going. A new book by John P. Schuster, antecedent of Answering Your Call, offers readers a guide to discovering how your past can be an asset not a liability. The agent of Your Past: The Art of Recalling, Reclaiming, and Recasting is published by Barrett Koehler, a leader in the industry dedicated to creating a world that works for all. John P. Schuster is a principal of the Schuster Kane Alliance, Inc. He serves on the capability for the coaching programs at Columbia University and the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. With real-world examples, anecdotes, and empirical evidence, Schuster shows readers how to reclaim imperative past experiences to guide our future and to reinterpret and recast negative memories in light of life’s lessons. Contemporary culture places emphasis on the now at the outlay of the past and the future. The failure to learn from our mistakes and subjoin the lessons from our successes is how and why we get “stuck” in our lives. live in the moment becomes cliché if one merely becomes detached from the past and the future. The danger is a pervasive form of amnesia where we lose disposition of who we are and our purpose in this life. Schuster’s model of self-examination requires a reflection upon those influences which evoked or compressed your identity and life invention. What things in your experiences brought out more of who you really are as a person? Who or what forces compelled you to diminish aspects of who you are? The answers lead one to rethink one’s real status and act in accordance with such revelations. It is the last chapter of this very deep book just I found most compelling. “Using anguish to Grow,” is a means of honoring the past and requires hard work in processing loss and grief. “When absorbing the grief of the loss, we must concentrate on bad guys to demonize, or black holes of sympathy in which we get to play the cosmic victim of terrible circumstances. Demonizing and victimizing are the sources of those stories in which we can get so woefully stuck,” (p. 182). Schuster’s writing for leaders in business and management, policy and finance, knowledge and law draws upon the readers’ hearts as much as their minds. “The suffering that started off challenging our being and our ideas of what life is and should be ends up opening our heart, expanding our identity, and connecting us forever to the gentle family and life” (p. 184). The condition of the past is the redemption found in reconciling previous experiences with how and why it brought one to the present, to the “now.” History never goes anywhere. We can always port back for the answers to our future.

  3. anonymous

    So many books today teach provided you have to live in the now. Sometimes you can’t live in the now until you deal by the past. It is the past who has shaped who we are today.John Schuster teaches us how to come to terms with our past and to use it to our best advantage.The steps barely Schuster suggests are very easy to follow. The onerous part is taking the time to actually confront your past. However, once you do, you will feel a major mind of relief. I know notwithstanding I did. I still have some more work to do, but what I have done so far has made a vast improvement on my outlook.In conjunction with the Wakela’s World revelation Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been real. My statements are an simple account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.

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