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I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It Paperback – August 5, 1995
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This is a perfect book for new college graduates or anyone sick and tired of languishing in a dead-end job or relationship--yet reluctant to make drastic life changes due to uncertainty about what would actually inspire them. I Could Do Anything combines the I'm-not-buying your-excuses inspiration of Dr. Laura Schlessinger with the soothing, analytic encouragement of Dr. Martin Seligman in his classic Learned Optimism. In other words, Sher will pick you up off your butt and get you moving. She's included enough self-analytical exercises in here to save you hundreds of dollars in therapy.
Whether you're looking to make improvements in your job or personal life, Sher will teach you how to determine what your goals are, and how to successfully reach them--even if right now the only thing you know is that you're vaguely to very unhappy and haven't the foggiest idea what to do with yourself.
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
I didn't start it until I felt ready, because I knew it wasn't going to be 'light on'. But one Saturday I picked it up and spent the next 8 hours pouring through it, doing the exercises and having one epiphany after another. At the end of it all I had applied to eight companies that did the sort of work I wanted to do and I ended up getting a job at my first choice, even without direct experience in that field. I'm 8 months into that job and I could not be happier.
The way I see it, the first three chapters of this book are about working out what you personally enjoy and are passionate about, while the remaining chapters are to help you overcome any barriers that prevent you from having that sort of work. This means that maybe only one of those latter chapters are for you, but it's all so practical that it's bound to have something that helps.
For me, the barriers weren't the big deal, it was knowing what on earth I wanted to do. And trust me - I had tried almost every other thing, including personality tests, seeing professional counsellors, everything. This book helped me unlock those activities that I have enjoyed since I was just a little child, and see the common thread amongst them. It was like learning more about yourself in a day than you learn in a decade.Read more ›
I particularly related to the chapters about being afraid to commit to something prematurely, and about not being interested in anything at all. There's also a chapter for you if you're afraid to take risks; if you're afraid of succeeding and leaving your loved ones behind; if you want too many different things; if you're succeeding spectacularly at something you don't really want; if you feel that what you really want is trivial or unworthy; if you've just been through a big life change and don't know what to do next; if you had a dream but it's become unattainable; if you resist doing anything ordinary or mundane; and if you're trying hard to love something you don't really want.
This book is written as a self- help guide and it is complete with exercises that you can complete at home with a pen and piece of paper. These exercises ask you to list out things about yourself, like your ideal career lifestyle, or typical excuses you make that interfere with career changes. Then, following your writing exercise, the book will help you analyze what you have said and help you make your wishes reality.
Besides the exercises, this book also contains plenty of quotations from people who have attended the author's self- help seminars. This is added so that you, the reader, can hear what other people have to say who are probably in the same predicament as you. They share their personal feelings on the problems they have encountered when trying to switch lifestyles and they hold nothing back. It provides a good dose of reality to the book.
This book isn't a self- test type of book that tries to determine what type of career would suit your skills best. It is intended for those who already have a general idea what they want to do but are unsure how to overcome the mental obstacles, family pressures, financial concerns, and other problems that interfere with pursuing a major life change.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I was looking for. Looking for first time job seeker.Published 4 days ago by Sunday Zidonis
This book helped me come to several realizations. Worth the read. Make sure you do the exercises even if you feel it may not apply.
If you are struggling to figure out what you should be when you grow up, even if you are in your 40s or older! -- you need to read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. S. Lunquist
I enjoyed the book. It helped bring some clarity to what is going on in my head when it comes to my career.Published 3 months ago by Vicky Young
I love this book!!!! I have been trying to decide "what I want to do when I grow up" for 50 years and have had many careers and been somewhat successful in all my lives but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LVlivin'
I tried working with this book only to find that I had to put it down. I am feeling really frustrated with my current job situation and hoped that it would help. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have to admit that this book had few kernels of wisdom to glean off of it. The major point I got out of the entire book is to be yourself and not someone you are truly not in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin King