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Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 29, 2009
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About the Author
Marcus Buckingham is a best-selling author with more than 3.7 million copies of his landmark bestsellers in print. Profiled in the New York Times, Fortune, and Fast Company, he has consulted with brands such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy. Twitter @mwbuckingham, Facebook: facebook.com/marcuswbuckingham
Top Customer Reviews
However, it was not always like this, by far might I add. This is where I had to stop short of a perfect five stars. If I had read this when my four children were still very young, I would have been completely frustrated because I was in no way married to a man who would ever entertain staying home to raise the kids while I went after what made me feel strong. I also did not have the earning power needed to hire a nanny, or housekeeper, or yard service and an evening job was not possible due to his travel schedule. This was not addressed in Find Your Strongest Life. Maybe this needs to be the next book Marcus--How to Find Happiness with Your Strongest Life on Hold while You Do the Right Thing for Your Family.Read more ›
Marcus Buckingham is a well known researcher. He has written five previous books which centered around the concept that each person will be happiest when they are working from their greatest strength. Find Your Strongest Life got its start from a three hour workshop with Oprah. The workshop was conducted with 30 talented but unfulfilled women.
In his mission statement Marcus says, "My mission is to help each person identify her strengths, take them seriously and offer them to the world."
The book starts off by citing 10 myths about women. Here are just a few: As women get older they become more engaged and fulfilled. (False) If women had more free time they would feel less stressed. (False) Having children makes women happier. (children create more stress) At work, women are relegated to the lower level roles. (False) There are ten that Marcus addresses and it is the starting point for the book.
The book is in three parts. The first part deals with the paradox of modern life. Women have more but it is not bringing the happiness they thought/hoped it would.
Part two is a guide to how to live your strongest life. Here the book goes into great detail in how to identify and live your strongest life. Part three is basically a Q & A section.Read more ›
I volunteered to read and review this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Team. In all fairness, I must reveal that I have read another one of Buckingham's books, First Break All the Rules, and I hated it also. Buckingham is extremely well known for his other books on strengths, and he is a very good writer, so I predict this book will also sell very well.
The book is divided into three parts. Part I is entitled "Something's got to give" and details the unique challenges and stressors that women face. This part is actually pretty good. He makes some very important points in this section, the most important being that "over the last few decades, women have become less happy with their lives, and as women get older, they get sadder" (p. 21). That conclusion appears to be supported by independent research.
Buckingham's explanation for this is that women are not focusing their attention "the challenge of all the different roles you play is not that you don't have enough hours in the day. The challenge of all these roles is that during the hours you choose to work you have too many different things going on at any one time to focus properly no each of them. Your time isn't stretched; your attention is." (pp. 41-42). He supports this conclusion based on the work of Barry Schwartz The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (2005).
Chapters one through three are pretty well supported with notes with references that can be found in the back of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book, could not keep it off, once I started. The concepts around "catch and cradle"; unbalancing life, leaning it towards the things one is strong at... Read morePublished 4 months ago by AMZ Customer
I'm looking forward to finding my success and my happiness by evaluating my strengths and using them for a more prosperous future.Published 19 months ago by Davis
Love Marcus Buckingham's work. Live by it. Buy his strengthfinder books for all my new employees and work hard to only focus on strengths. Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Brant
Well, hmmm. I requested a copy of Marcus Buckingham's book quite awhile ago from a program called BookLookBloggers, but shelved it and then forgot about it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Deena Peterson
This is a wonderful tool to help a woman find what makes her energized and joyful and how she can bend her activities in that direction for a more deeply satisfying life. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Pamela Forbes
Even though this book is presented more specifically to women .. I would recommend this book to all those interested in taking charge of their lives in a an aware, healthy and self... Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Neena