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Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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In his latest book, Tom Rath identifies three "keys" that can help almost anyone to re-energize both their attitude and their effort: They believe they are doing something that will benefit others, they are creating many more positive rather than negative moments (for others as well as for themselves), and they are making choices that can help to improve their mental, emotional, and spiritual as well as physical health.
In this context, I am reminded of an incident that occurred long ago after Ralph Waldo Emerson explained transcendentalism to those who filled a church in Concord, Massachusetts. He had agreed to answer a few questions. An elderly farmer, hat in hand, stood up. "Mr. Emerson, I have a question." Emerson smiled. "Sir, how do you transcend an empty stomach?"
I agree with Rath that, with all due respect to the importance of rigorous and sufficient practice and of rising above trivial and temporary irritations, we must also replenish our sources of energy in terms of rest, as mentioned, but also nutrition and physical exercise. Most important of all, we must develop the right mindset.
In Part I, for example, Rath suggests HOW to (a) create meaning with small wins by abandoning the relentless pursuit of "happiness," (b) get a charge from within by pursuing "life, liberty, and meaningfulness," (c) make work a purpose, not just a place, (d) avoid upward comparison by preventing money from killing meaning and purpose, (e) "double down on your talents," leveraging them now, and serving wherever and whenever you and your talents are needed, (f) cast a shadow rather than existing in one by converting your dream into a job, (g) put purpose before business by focusing on less to achieve more, and (h) use purpose to avoid stagnation and decay. He also includes specific "Ideas for Action" on Page 160.
o The Three Keys to a Full Charge (Pages 7-8)
o Abandon the Pursuit of Happiness (13-14)
o Get a Charge from Within (19-22)
o Go Beyond Engagement (29-30)
o Avoid Upward Comparison (33-34)
o Double Down on Your Talents (40-41)
o Craft Your Dream Into Your Job (48-50)
o Focus on Less to Do More (54-56)
o Since Pavlov's Bell (56-59)
o Keep Your Mission in Mind (64-67)
o Focus on the Frequency (75-77)
o At Least Pay Attention (82-83)
Note: Rath makes an excellent point: "Even when you can't say something nice, go ahead and say something. Contrary to what I as told growing up, negative comments are less harmful than ignoring someone...Even negative feedback is better than nothing at all."
o Use Questions to Spark Conversation (86-89)
o Want What You Already Have (94-95)
o Used Pro-Social Incentives (108-109)
o Develop the Ultimate Strength (115-116)
o Use Short-Term Thinking for Better Health (121-123)
o Set Better Defaults (129-130)
o Keep Sitting from Sapping Your Energy (134-136)
o Fight Light, Heat, and Noise (143-144)
o Avoid Secondhand Stress (147-149)
o Push "Pause" Before Responding (153-154)
Rath encourages those who read this book to embrace opportunities to establish habits that will nourish their mental, physical, and emotional health. That sounds easy, doesn't it? Well, having helped to pave several roads to hell with my good intentions, I have found it very difficult. Steven Wright once observed, "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" That's true. However, most of us can have much better health than we have now.
Toward the end of his book, Rath suggests: "Start with work that creates meaning. Invest in each interaction to strengthen your relationships. Make sure you have the energy you need to do your best. Doing these three things, in combination, is the definition of being charged and adding a positive charge to those around you." Quite true. Energizing others - business associates, family members, neighbors, and friends -- will be one of the best ways to energize yourself.
I think this is the most important book Tom Rath has written (at least thus far) because, in my opinion, the material he provides will have greater practical value to more people if (HUGE "if") they read and then re-read Pages 3-161 with appropriate care before proceeding through Part A in the "Tools and Resources" section that follows. (Additional resources and PDF discussion guides for groups, teams, and organizations are available at tom.rath.org. Please take full advantage of the supplementary benefits they offer.) This book may well save your life. I am certain that it can at least make your life happier, healthier, and more productive. What are you waiting for?