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Another "wow" from a very special author
on May 26, 2003
People who visit my site often assume I'm getting commissions from Martha Beck. I wish I were: I've recommended Finding Your Own North Star to just about every client and every person I know.
I was afraid her follow-up book would not be able to keep up the pace, but she's exceeded my expectations. The joy diet is not about food, she clarifies right away. It's a ten-step program to bring more joy into your life.
Beck does not promise that joy will also bring money, sports cars and mansions into your life. If you read carefully, she warns that you need to work hard for what you want. But if you follow the ten steps she proposes, it's hard to imagine that you won't find more success than you ever dreamed possible.
I was a little nervous as I read the chapter on risk. As a coach myself, I am very leery of encouraging people to take big risks, like quitting a job without another one waiting. Beck offers some good questions to ask before you take the leap, such as, "Is this the only way?"
Everyone will find a favorite chapter and mine was "truth," because I've never seen this material anywhere else. It's not the usual spiel about integrity - it's about facing your own reality, which can be tough.
The most challenging step for many will be "connection." During a transition, as she says, you have to leave some people behind, and for awhile -- often a long while -- you are on your own. That's why so many people hire a coach or counselor.
As before, Ms. Beck combines insight and wisdom with a delightful sense of humor. She doesn't talk down to us, her readers, and she doesn't offer bromides and easy answers. And I especially enjoy watching a Harvard-trained social scientist attack career and life challenges, combining intelligence with commonsense. I'm a fan.