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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Missionday
- Audible.com Release Date: May 5, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WGTQ6JM
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Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life 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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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.