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- [Female Presenter] Imagine how your smile affects the people in the five rows around you on a plane. Now think of that as confirmation that you have a sphere you can influence. Your impact extends to your personal life, your home, your neighborhood, your workplace, and the world at large. You can improve your life, and the lives of others, by stepping up and assuming responsibility for what happens in these five rows. If everyone else did the same, society would change for the better. In fact, you initiate a ripple effect. When you step up by taking action, you inspire others. They inspire more people, and the world changes. - [Male Presenter] In "Stepping Up," published by Berret-Koehler, prolific author, and business advisor, John Izzo, details how to improve your life, and make a difference in the world. Drawing from his background in leadership, personal development, and corporate culture, Izzo articulates solid theory, practical strategies, and examples of how otherwise ordinary people have stepped up to fill a need, right a wrong, or make things better for themselves and others. Izzo's compendium of practical ways to take action at times is very effective, even though he sometimes slips into new age speak, and repeats his main points. GetAbstract recommends this blueprint for change to anyone with a bent for self-improvement.