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March 19, 2012


Is pull dependent solely with technology? As always Whitney, you introduce new ways of looking at the world. Thank you.

I stumbled on this blog post at an ideal time! Lately, I have a sort of hunger to read about, engage with people on, and brainstorm new information and innovative ideas. Social media gives me the chance to start reaching out to resources, but I feel a little green. Even just reading about the book The Power of the Pull helps me identify what I'm trying to do, which motivates me to move forward. To me its about being proactive, looking for what you want, creating what you need, looking at situations from different perspectives, actively finding people with whom to connect. I don't think I'm great at accessing, attracting, or achieving, but my goal is to be a triple threat. I find it very exciting! Thank you for posting!

I recently attended a training where the presenter reiterated that in order to grow you need to accept the good things you attract so that you can "level up" in your process/progress. I think that a lot of us want good things to happen but when they come it's a little awkward to accept! I'm learning to say, "thank you!" and it's been amazing what a difference it's made.

Thank you for sharing. I've found that one of the most powerful ways to tap into the serendipity of pull is to be generous, to think not about what we want to gain from a situation but how we may serve within it, instead. Generosity takes our focus away from us and directs it outward toward the world, which not only feels wonderful but also helps us participate authentically (rather than self-consciously) in creation spaces, opening up new or otherwise unspotted opportunities to access, attract and achieve.

Today had been one of those days - dealing with office politics, cranky contrarians, writer's block, and no time for reading. Then finally a break, and there's your awesome post, pulling me back to what's really important - paying it forward, helping people "get their big on" as Amy and I like to say. Thank you for that!

Fascinated with power and a firm believer that it is the small things that do make a big difference, John's book will be an excellent read that I won't miss. As for my experience with access, attract and achieve, I'm a work in progress, learning that pull requires openness and a willingness to be vulnerable.

I love Robin Cangie's comment above: I've found that one of the most powerful ways to tap into the serendipity of pull is to be generous, to think not about what we want to gain from a situation but how we may serve within it, instead.


Thank you for the new and nifty way to look at things! There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about how gaming really is good for our brains, but the sad disclaimer was that most of the games they were able to study were violent...

Now to go look for something small to do!

I appreciate it when anyone gives a fresh take on putting us in the power position in our own lives. It truly is in our own hands and empowerment is such a wonderful lesson to be sharing.

I saw John Hagel speak on this book at the Berkman Center about a year ago. The idea of "pull" has been floating about my head ever since. I see it in other writing, and I think there is a sense of some new writing that this idea makes sense. Look at Steve Denning's idea of Radical Management. Or the ideas like Eric Ries' Lean Startup. And I have a background in systems thinking which suggests that pull is a much better operating mechanism than the more traditional push.

Thank you for this post. I always knew video games were training our children for something!

I have really loved all of your comments -- and you've given me some new books to read....

Kathleen Kostuck, you are the winner! Will you e-mail me your mailing address so that you can receive your autographed copy?

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.


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