See me speak on Initiative at the New York Public Library, July 11

June 29, 2019 by Joshua
in Education, Events

I’m speaking at the Science, Industry, and Business Library branch of the New York Public Library on my book, Initiative.

The logistics:

  • 6pm to 7:30pm
  • 188 Madison Avenue (34th St and Madison Ave)
  • Conference room 018

Here’s the event description from the official announcement:

Want a proven method to bring your passions to life and work? Look no more.   People everywhere in all walks of life feel stuck in their work, hobbies, and social lives, but they see the alternatives as too big and challenging, so they endure just bearable limits. We celebrate entrepreneurship in top-rated television shows, magazines, movies, and biographies, but fewer and fewer people are actually starting companies. What has gone wrong, and how can we break free and take the lead in our own lives?  

Joshua Spodek

Joshua Spodek, PhD, MBA, author of Leadership Step by Step, shows us the startling truth: The TV shows, movies, books, and courses that celebrate entrepreneurship have turned it into an artificial performance competition, not only subverting it to serve their promoters’ interests but undermining real initiative with myths and unattainable ideals.

In this program, he will share his newest book, Initiative, and present practice-based methods, not ideas or abstract principles, but concrete exercises, that will lead you to discover and develop passions and take initiative—even if you don’t yet know what you want to take initiative on.  


Spodek’s exercises have been tested and refined over the years in his popular course at New York University. Spodek will illustrate the problem and the solution with stories of students in his course who have started with only a vague idea—or not even that—and have taken initiatives that have transformed their lives and the lives of others.

The program is free and open to the public. 

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