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Tailored Output is a professional development coaching company with an emphasis on goal-setting, career-planning, and team-building within the context of creating whole and fulfilling lives. 

Individuals working with Tailored Output will uncover their unique genius to identify career opportunities that will contribute to a whole and fulfilled life.

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Books and Assessments

The Alchemist

Julie Slanker

The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho


"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."


The Alchemist is the story of a shepherd named Santiago. One night, while sleeping near his flock in an abandoned church, he dreams of buried treasure at the Egyptian Pyramids. Troubled by the dream, Santiago seeks out a Gypsy who encourages him to travel to Egypt. While he is trying to decide whether he should follow the Gypsy's advice, he meets an old man who calls himself the king of Salem and knows about Santiago’s dream without him mentioning it. He tells Santiago that he has done something important: he has discovered his Personal Legend. The old man asks Santiago to return to him the next day with one-tenth of his flock as payment, and promises to tell the boy how to find his treasure.

Santiago spends a difficult night wondering what to do. As Coelho writes it, “he had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.” Desirous of adventure and inspired by the old man’s belief that, “to realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation…” and his encouragement that, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it,” Santiago decides to sell his sheep and pursue his treasure.

Along the way he meets swindlers, shopkeepers, nomads, warriors, mentors, and his true love. He learns valuable lessons about the universe, what connects all humanity, and what happens when you ignore your Personal Legend.


Although it is a work of fiction, I found The Alchemist to be a true story in the purest sense of the word. It is an entertaining and beautifully written book that also touched my soul. I could see myself in Santiago and see a reflection of my own life in his decisions and ultimately his quest. I was especially inspired by the sage words provided by Santiago’s mentors, the king of Salem and the Alchemist himself, and also by the truths that Santiago uncovered throughout his journey. I know that The Alchemist will be one of those books that I reread over and over.


I recommend The Alchemist to everyone. It is a short book and deceptively easy read. The story moves well enough to capture even the shortest attention span, and it is insightful enough to speak to every individual, no matter where they are along the path of pursuing their Personal Legend.


I invite you to judge The Alchemist for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments. I've created links for The Alchemist at Amazon and Audible below.

For more on how I’ve been inspired by The Alchemist, please visit my blog.


The Desire Map

Julie Slanker

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals With Soul

By Danielle LaPorte


“Knowing how you want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.”


In The Desire Map, Danielle LaPorte sets out to provide a new take on goal-setting and achievement. She gives readers the theory and tools for creating their own definition of success, one organized around the ideal of feeling good. The book is both poetic and practical. Motivational and actionable. In the first part of The Desire Map, LaPorte explains her theory. With a writing style that incorporates personal experience, relevant research, poetry, and inspirational quotes, she describes why the reader should focus on their desires and feelings and use those as the foundation for creating a life worth living. In the second half of The Desire Map, LaPorte provides a workbook that marches the reader through an intentional process for generating their own Core Desired Feelings and creating Goals With Soul. 

Danielle LaPorte created The Desire Map process while goal-setting one New Year’s Eve. When confronted with a strong feeling that something was missing from her typical list of plans for the year, she scrawled a list of energizing feelings across the page and re-focused on what she could do to feel that way. Over multiple New Year’s Eves the process evolved into something more intentional and structured, with particular emphasis on how she wanted to feel. She described the process at speaking events and made it a chapter in her book The Fire Starter Sessions. Once she felt it was ready, she released it as a stand-alone practice.


I found within The Desire Map the inspiration and motivation to change my definition of success—or rather to take control of defining success in my own life—and more importantly, I found the tools to do so. Like everyone else, I had been indoctrinated on the benefit of SMART goals. I’ve gone through the motions of making New Years’ resolutions that never last. And I inevitably feel a sense of failure when I don’t live up to my own expectations, or life interferes in my best laid plans. LaPorte’s new take on goal-setting is the antidote to that feeling of failure and loss. She’s created a methodology that is structured enough for a novice goal-setter to follow but is also broad enough that each individual can move through the process in their own way. 

Walking through The Desire Map process made a profound impact on my life. But the book is not without its limitations. The Desire Map is clearly geared toward a female audience, creating a high barrier to entry for men who would benefit equally from its content. A few of the chapters also could have been edited, tightened, or eliminated, to ensure that each component was useful to the reader’s progression through the theory and practice. However, I don’t believe these minor flaws detract significantly from the overall benefit of her message.


I recommend The Desire Map for everyone. I’ve gifted copies to friends at milestone birthdays, those going through divorce, and those thinking about transition to new careers or discerning whether to go after the next rung on the ladder. I’ve given it to friends who were overwhelmed by their to-do list and dissatisfied with their current goal-setting routine. It also is the perfect Christmas gift in anticipation of the New Year’s resolution rush.


I invite you to judge The Desire Map for yourself and share your thoughts in the comments.. You can purchase a hardcopy (recommended because of the workbook) here

For more information on how I’ve incorporated The Desire Map into my own life and practice, please visit my blog.