New book reveals innovator, instigator, and initiator insights to help ignite your own life and career, offering advice from successful ‘Firestarters’ (serial ‘doers’) on what it takes to start, create, and even disrupt to realize dreams and spark fire vs. simply fanning the flames; Authors offer three key professional and personal strategies to get your own fire burning right now.


What is the difference between those bold enough to pursue their dreams and others who never get comfortable enough to ignite their lives? The doers are “Firestarters” and, because of them, the world is a much different, and often, better place.

No matter if you are moving up the corporate ladder, starting your own company, or championing a professional cause, chances are that there are times you ask yourself: “Will I make a difference?” “Can I ignite myself and others? “Can I fuel the passion and drive that will lead me to success?”

Firestarters-bookThe answer to these questions is an emphatic “yes,” as exemplified by those who are already lighting up the world.  More than 40 of these individuals are profiled in a new book called “Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life (Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY).

In it, notable Firestarters share advice on what it takes people to start, create, and even disrupt in order to achieve their dreams. Their stories, along with psychological, organizational, and business research from The Firestarters Framework, provides unique insights into what makes some people just fan the flames, while other spark the fire and realize success.

To wet your proverbial whistle, Palokoff, along with her co-authors Dr. Paul Eder, organizational effectiveness researcher; and Raoul Davis, Jr., CEO brand strategist, offer these three insights on how to become a Firestarter:

  1. Ignite, fuel, and accelerate success. There are factors based on personality, situations, and environment that you need to recognize in yourself and optimize to be successful. For example, what igniters trigger an “aha moment?”Is it freedom, passion, talent or something else? What fuels such as prestige, opportunity, luck, or money can you use to propel an idea, business, or cause? How can factors including collaboration, mission, and competition help accelerate you to the next level?
  2. Replicate accomplishments to gain confidence. Look for connections between seemingly disparate events, learn what works across situations, and generalize this knowledge to other activities. By looking for patterns of achievement, Firestarters replicate their success, which then creates an overall sense of positivism and confidence.
  3. Plan for inevitable extinguishers. People are often unaware of how bumpy the road to success can be and how inevitable extinguishers can crush them. You can avoid obstacles, however, by actively planning to reduce their impact. Successful people expect extinguishers and develop mechanisms to cope with discouragement and mistakes.One important way is to have a life filled with supporters who can nurture, protect, and even challenge.

Use this pragmatic advice to ignite the qualities that will lead you toward pursuing and realizing our own dreams. Today is as good a day to start as ever.


About the Guest Post Author:

Branding, business and entrepreneurship success pundit, Merilee Kern, MBA, is an influential media voice and lauded communications strategist. As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List International News Syndicate,” she’s a revered consumer product trends expert and travel industry voice of authority who spotlights noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers. Merilee may be reached online at Follow her on Twitter here: and Facebook here: