Monday, October 5, 2009

Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham

Many women, myself included, have bought into the Superwoman myth, the idea that you can have it all. Yes, women today have more options than ever before, so why are we less happy than at any other time in history? We're stressed because the demands of juggling job, home and family leads to feeling unfulfilled and unappreciated.

Marcus Buckingham's latest book provides a message for women who need to overcome the negative and toxic emotions that control their lives. In Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently Buckingham says it's possible to strengthen the positive emotions in work and personal lives so that you really can have it all. The key is to choose the options and activities that make you feel the most fulfilled and eliminate as many of the others as possible. Buckingham doesn't advise you to give up your cubicle and go in search of some elusive goal. His advice is practical, useful and easy to incorporate in your own life.

The author has done his research and he has the data to back up the premise that we're working harder and enjoying it less. The book is easy to read and filled with the inspiring stories of other women to let you know you are not alone in the way you feel. There are helpful lists, charts, graphs and chapter summaries.

Don't be put off by the fact that a man wrote this book for women. Marcus Buckingham is a best-selling author, speaker and consultant. His concept "that people will be dramatically more effective, successful and fulfilled when they play to their strongest skills rather than attempting to improve their weaknesses" is changing the way the world approaches life and work.

Take The Strong Life Test: Discover the Roles You Were Born to Play: measures individuals against nine different life roles - advisor, caretaker, creator, equalizer, influencer, motivator, pioneer, teacher, and weaver - and reveals the role you were born to play.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 29, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1400202362
Hardcover: 288 Pages
Price: $29.99