- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Silicon Guild (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939714036
- ISBN-13: 978-1939714039
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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"Tom Rath's books -- which include StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Eat Move Sleep -- have sold 6 million copies and spent 300 weeks on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. This one is arguably Rath's best. He has written a book that is as readable as it is rigorous and as profound as it is practical."
―DANIEL H. PINK, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
Are You Fully Charged? is about renewing ourselves in the fullest sense. Drawing on his extensive research, Tom Rath provides us with the three key pillars that can help create a life of more meaning and perspective: being part of something larger than ourselves, valuing people and experiences over mere stuff, and understanding that looking after our own well-being is the first step to doing more for others. An essential book for anyone wanting more out of life.
―ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, author of Thrive and co-founder of The Huffington Post
"How to live? That is the question -- and Tom Rath has the answer. In his important new book, Are You Fully Charged?, Rath draws on his decades of research -- and his deep humanity -- to point you in the right direction, and to instill your journey with joy and meaning."
―SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
"Are You Fully Charged? lays out a blueprint for a better life that creates more energy. Rath's book is easy to read, research-backed, and immediately practical."
―CHIP AND DAN HEATH, authors of Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick
"Once again, the brilliant Tom Rath has written an absolutely indispensable book. Here, he reveals how meaning, interactions, and energy are the three crucial elements to allow us to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. Are You Fully Charged? will inspire people to make changes, starting tomorrow morning."
"Tom Rath reveals that engagement depends not on happiness, but on meaning, interactions, and energy. This important, lucid book is full of fresh evidence that you can put into action to shift your motivation into a higher gear."
―ADAM GRANT, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take
About the Author
This book is part of a new series from #1 New York Times best-selling author Tom Rath that challenges people to rethink what's most important for their work and well-being. The series includes a feature-length movie, interviews with top social scientists, a new children's book, an app, and a website ﬁlled with resources for improving well-being.
Tom Rath is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being. Tom has written ﬁve New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, starting with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? His book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was the top-selling book of 2013 worldwide on Amazon. com. Tom's latest bestsellers are Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, and Eat Move Sleep. In total, his books have sold more than 6 million copies and have made more than 300 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
Tom serves as a Gallup senior scientist, where he previously spent thirteen years leading the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, leadership, and well-being. He is also a scientiﬁc advisor to Welbe, a startup focused on wearable technology. Tom holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a regular lecturer. Tom, his wife, Ashley, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.
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• Meaning: doing something that benefits another person
• Interactions: creating far more positive than negative moments
• Energy: making choices that improve your mental and physical health ...
The good news is that you don’t have to go on a retreat in the woods to find meaning, you don’t need to find new friends at a cocktail party to have better interactions, and you certainly don’t need to run a marathon or embark on a fad diet to create physical energy. The biggest changes for your daily well-being start with a few small steps.”
~ Tom Rath from Are You Fully Charged?
Are you fully charged?
Tom Rath tells us it’s all about what we do DAILY and that if we want to improve the quality of our lives (and sense of aliveness!), we need to focus on optimizing three key conditions: Meaning + Interactions + Energy.
Tom himself is an incredibly inspiring guy. Diagnosed with cancer at 16, he discovered that he has a rare gene mutation that shuts off a powerful tumor suppressor. As a result, he lost his left eye and has spent a week in the hospital every year getting tests to make sure his various cancers (in his eye, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, and spine) are in check before getting a new 12-month lease on life. (Wow.)
Being the superhero he is, this has catalyzed him to make the most of every day. He’s written a number of books (including StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Eat Move Sleep) that have sold over 6 million copies and spent 300+ weeks on The Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Tom also wrote one of our absolute favorite children’s books (which complements this book) called The Rechargeables featuring two little kids (Poppy and Simon) who learn how to get their charge up via moving, eating and sleeping then go on a mission to help the rest of their town. Emerson LOVES it. (As he runs to the park or eats “brain food” he’ll often say, “I’m getting my charge up!” (And, when he wakes up from a nap I love to take a look at his charge. :)
Let’s explore some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. The 3 Conditions - = Meaning + Interactions + Energy.
2. Meaning - = Strengths + Interests + Needs.
3. Your Talents - Double down every turn.
4. 45 + 15 - Work. Rest. Repeat.
5. 500 Million Moments - Use them wisely
Here’s to getting our charge way up as we optimize, actualize and give ourselves most fully to the world!
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Are You Fully Charged? is a very good read and while it covers some of Eat Move Sleep ideas (particularly in the “energy” section), it feels like a more “complete” book. Basically, the idea is that while it’s important to make right choices about moving, eating and sleeping, that is really not enough. To experience what Tom calls, “full charge”, you have to also create meaning on everyday basis (he defines “meaning” as doing something of the benefit to other people). And, you need to focus on improving your everyday ratio of positive to negative interactions. Like his other books, this integrates a lot of research (over 200 references). I am also looking forward to seeing the film that will be related to the book. I saw the trailer on Tom’s website and it looks pretty interesting.
I am recommending the book wholeheartedly. I am knocking half a star away for the length – the book could be a little longer.