Monday, October 5, 2009

Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

Subtitle is What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.

Author Marcus Buckingham starts out by revealing that modern women, although they have more choices than their mothers and grandmothers, are not happy. In fact, the older they get, the less happy they are. He says it’s because women try to do everything well, and that’s just not possible. Buckingham's Strong Life plan emphasizes playing to your strengths rather than spending so much energy trying to fix your weaknesses. There’s an associated test to help you identify your “strong” role in life. It's not so much "put yourself first" approach as it is a tool to help women find fulfillment and not just "busyness" in their lives.

At first, I thought, “Oh, no. Not another personality test.” But it’s not like that at all. You don’t get pigeon-holed as a certain type. You might be strong in more than one role. It is a fresh approach to discovering your gifts and maximizing them.

What a refreshing message! Women don’t have to, or rather shouldn’t, expect to excel at everything. I’ve often objected to the idea that a woman can “have it all.” Something has to give, either the career, the family, or the social life.

Visit the Thomas Nelson product page here. Look over a portion of the book here. See introductory video on YouTube.

I’m going to do something I rarely do. I’m going to read it again. And, after that, I want to share it with every woman I know. Borrow it, buy it---just be sure you read it and take the information to heart.

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