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"If I had but one book to spend hard-earned cash on this year, this one would be it, hands down." -- SusanG, Daily Kos

About the Author

Hillary Rettig worked for 11 years as a business coach and microlender at two nonprofit agencies in Boston, roles in which she helped hundreds of people from all backgrounds start and grow businesses in fields including art, technology, personal services, professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. It was in the course of this work that she became acutely aware of the forces that hold so many talented, energetic, ambitious, and visionary people back, and it was this awareness that catalyzed her current mission.
Hillary now offers uniquely targeted and effective coaching and workshops on designing solutions for both procrastination and perfectionism. She is the author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block and The Lifelong Activist. Hillary's articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Future Buzz, Time Management Ninja, Tomorrow’s Professor, Authors Helping Authors, and numerous other publications. She's been interviewed in Entrepreneur.com and elsewhere.
Hillary is a vegan, free software advocate, lover of life and dogs, living kidney donor, and former foster mom of four teenage Sudanese refugees. She was born in the Bronx and now lives in Kalamazoo, MI with her partner and two rescue dogs, Billy and Petey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560907
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The core of my work is the idea that procrastination, blocks, and other forms of underproductivity are symptoms of disempowerment. Disempowerment means you're not missing anything you need to be productive: you're only separated from, or have lost access to, that which you have-i.e., your strengths, skills, talents and energy. (Laziness, lack of discipline, lack of commitment, and other supposed deficiencies are all symptoms of the disempowerment, not causes, so please don't focus on them. And don't use them to negatively label yourself or anyone else!) All my work is devoted to helping people locate and remediate the disempowering forces in their work and life so they can reclaim their joyful productivity.

My other major contribution has been to characterize perfectionism as a complex phenomenon consisting of (to date) eighteen symptoms, some of which are listed here.

Finally, I've been able to design solutions to both procrastination and perfectionism that are uniquely targeted and effective. Please check out my books, and visit the Coaching and Workshops sections of my Website to see how I can help you or your team get more productive, and to email me with any questions or to book a session.

My Experience

I'm author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block, one of Amazon's top-selling productivity books. I help people increase their productivity in writing and other areas, and have taught productivity and time-management classes at top writing, business, educational, arts, and community organizations. For my testimonials and a list of places I've taught, visit my website.

My articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Future Buzz, Time Management Ninja, Tomorrow's Professor, Authors Helping Authors, and numerous other publications; and I've been interviewed in Entrepreneur.com and elsewhere. During a prior career as a technology journalist and consultant, my articles appeared in Wired, Working Woman, Inc. Technology, and elsewhere; I was also interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. I've also appeared as a guest on CBS-TV News, WBAI, WBUR and other broadcasts.

From 2001 - 2012 I worked as a business coach and microlender at two nonprofit agencies in Boston, roles in which I helped hundreds of people from all backgrounds start and grow businesses in fields including art, technology, personal services, professional services, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. It was in the course of this work that I became acutely aware of the forces that hold so many talented, energetic, ambitious, and visionary people back, and it was this awareness that catalyzed my current mission.

On a Personal Note

I'm a vegan, free software advocate, and lover of life and dogs. I'm also a former foster mom of four teenage Sudanese refugees (a.k.a., "Lost Boys"), now all adult and living independently. And I'm a living kidney donor. If you're a prospective vegan, free software advocate, foster parent, or kidney donor, email me and I will support you however I can. I also have an abiding interest in social justice-my first book was The Lifelong Activist, a self-help guide for progressive and radical activists-and it was from my activism that I gained insights on personal power that inform my current work.

When I was a kid, I mainly wanted to do two things: write and help. And I find that, as an adult, the more time I devote to these activities the happier I am. I'm a classic "late bloomer" who didn't start coming into my own, professionally or personally, until I was well into my forties, and so I understand first-hand the despair that comes from feeling like you're not living up to your potential. But I now know what I didn't know then: that blocks are often easily overcome once you stop blaming yourself for being "lazy" or "undisciplined" and start looking for the real roots of the problem. And so, my main message to others is often, "relax, it's gonna be fine."

I believe deeply in the power of perseverance, the amazing possibilities of reinvention, and the benefits of living consciously. Life can be difficult, but it is always deeply fascinating.

I was born in the Bronx, and now live in Kalamazoo, MI, after stints in Ithaca, New York City, and Boston. My partner is a physics professor at Kalamazoo College, and we have a rescue dog, Billy.

If you've read The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, please leave an Amazon review. Reviews really do drive sales, and even a 1-2 line review is fine! Leave a review here. This is the single best thing you can do to support me and my work, and it only takes a couple of minutes.

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As a fellow activist, author Hillary Rettig knows how grinding and stressful activism can be; those who devote their time and energy (indeed, much of their lives) to correcting the many injustices in the world are subject to stress, exhaustion, and even burnout. Luckily, Ms. Rettig - who is or has been active in a number of progressive issues, including feminism, labor, animal rights, and vegetarianism - is also a business coach. In THE LIFELONG ACTIVIST, she shares some of her insight with fellow activists and do-gooders.

Ms. Rettig aims to help the you, the reader, maximize your effectiveness in your advocacy endeavors (whether in a volunteer or work capacity) by tackling five life areas: your mission, your time, your fears, your relationship with yourself, and your relationship with others. The author takes the approach that you can have a fun, successful, and lengthy activist career - but only if you live a balanced life. While your activism can (indeed, should!) be one aspect of your life that defines you, by no means should it dominate your life. In order to avoid burnout, you must also nurture yourself and your relationships.

In order to help readers strike the appropriate balance - which, it should be noted, differs from person to person - Ms. Rettig leads you through a series of activities to help you clarify and delineate your goals, priorities, and missions. Oftentimes, sacrifices and compromises must be made between these; for example, many activists are torn between material wants and needs and their advocacy work. Ms.
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"The Lifelong Activist" is clearly written and a pleasure to read. But reading it is the easy part. Hillary Rettig, the author, is an animal activist who periodically refers to "companion animals" (the non-hierarchical version of "pets," I suppose), and the book reminds me of having a friendly but persistent snout being wedged into my hand to remind me that it's time to get off the couch and out the door.

The goal towards which the book nudges the reader is not necessarily full-throttle activism, but rather a searching examination of oneself followed by a dedication to whichever level of activism makes sense. Definitely a worthy goal. But by no means simple.

One of the ways in which Rettig helps out the reader is by giving some ideas of potential blocks and how they can be overcome. She aims mostly at target readers who are young, idealistic, and suspicious of anything suggestive of the corporate world. They dream of being consummate activists -- throwing themselves with complete abandon into every cause under the sun -- but feel guilty about their desires for a comfortable personal life. Rettig, by contrast, insists on finding balance between activist work and material needs, and spends about a third of the book promoting marketing concepts for activists as a means for convincing audiences. I can imagine such readers being struck by her insight, and channeling their newfound energy into a more productive approach toward engagement with the world.

Readers who are not as hard to persuade might not find the book as much of a catalyst, however. And a catalyst is clearly what is needed to get a disorganized person organized enough to do the exercises that will take one the rest of the way.
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This book is water for the thirsty, parched soul of an activist. I agree with the positive comments made by other reviewers.

I have one sticking point: Her coverage of burnout. Ms. Rettig admits that she comes from a business background and that some people will not like that perspective. I am one of those. Only on this one issue, but it's a big one for me.

I do not agree, as she says, that the most common cause of burnout is "living a life in conflict with your values and needs." She qualifies her statement by prefacing it with "PERHAPS the most common.." The word "perhaps" means this is her unsupported opinion. I hope that activists who are suffering from burnout will seek and consider other information of a more psychological nature.

The life-values notion absolutely did not resonate with me. Think about an environmental activist who gets overwhelmed and has to quit the cause. Is the person more likely to quit, for example, because he feels no hope that he and those like him will ever be able to stop the butchering of the planet and we are all going to die as a result OR because he is ashamed and confused that he can't find solar housing in his neighborhood or toilet tissue from recycled materials? Hmmm.

Her thesis on burnout can mislead people who are experiencing it and interfere with their finding solutions. Every professional puts their spin on a problem, but pertinent research suggests that activists experience burnout when they become overwhelmed by the enormity of the problems with which they deal. The pain and sorrow seem endless and you just get to the point of emotional and physical fatigue. It's the trying to empty the ocean with a paper cup idea.
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