Who is Joseph Holland?
Holistic Hardware Is A Comprehensive Program For Personal Change
The tools of Holistic Hardware are designed for counselors, ministers, social workers, mentors, helping professionals, and volunteers who want to help people in crisis to help themselves. The materials are packaged as a full “set of tools” for flexible teaching approaches, and they can be adapted to individual needs and educational levels.
Using time-tested principles, Biblical and real-life role models, dramatic sketches, and inspirational testimonies, Holistic Hardware focuses on the ten key tools that people need to achieve personal progress.
The Holistic Hardware Program centers on what Joe Holland, a Harvard-educated lawyer and ordained minister, calls “the ten tools of effective compassion” – responsibility, vision, self-esteem, faith, love, discipline, association, planning, work, and wealth. This program challenges the mind as well as the emotions and will. Though tough-minded, the approach is also tender-hearted. Through his program, Joe Holland communicates a passionate desire to see people reach their highest aims and deepest dreams in life. Available in its present format for only six months, Holistic Hardware is already being used by forty programs in fifteen states.
The Ten Holistic Tools.
Holistic Hardware evolved from my commitment as well as my practice of reaching out, and in bringing that understanding together into a set of tools, what I call tools that build lives – tools that I taught, tools that I lived out, and tools that I began to see work a difference in the lives of people that I was trying to help. — Joe Holland
THE RESPONSIBILITY TOOL
Provides a four-step approach that enhances one’s ability to respond effectively in the midst of personal crisis.
If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach him how to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.
THE VISION TOOL
Inspires individuals to pursue their dreams and motivates them to surmount life’s toughest challenges.
Hold fast to dreams, For without them, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
— Langston Hughes
THE SELF-ESTEEM TOOL
Seeks to identify inner barriers and changes self-image from negative to positive through a five-step regimen.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate himself by conscious endeavor.
THE FAITH TOOL
Builds the patience and fortitude for the individual to make it through the long and winding road of personal progress.
Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered. No one was there.
THE LOVE TOOL
Directs a five-step approach for adding balance to life with the objective of achieving and sustaining self-sufficiency.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.
THE DISCIPLINE TOOL
Prepares the individual to endure the seasons of sacrifice and self-denial that personal progress entails.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
— The Apostle Paul
THE ASSOCIATION TOOL
Imparts a strategy for handling the different people in one’s life, either breaking off or limiting negative or dubious relationships, and cultivating positive ones.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
— Psalms 1:1-3
THE PLANNING TOOL
Lays out a three-step approach from past, present and future perspectives for effective time management.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
THE WORK TOOL
Demonstrates the dynamic connection between character and skills development in getting work and succeeding at it.
Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate. Still achieving, still pursuing. Learn to labor and to wait.
THE WEALTH TOOL
Teaches not only how to manage money effectively, but also how to maximize one’s natural resources in attaining economic self-sufficiency.
Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.
— The Prophet Haggai