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I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It Paperback – August 5, 1995
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"A life without direction is a life without passion," says motivational specialist, therapist, and career counselor Barbara Sher. In I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, a sort of broader, less dense, and less intimidating version of What Color Is Your Parachute?, she reveals how to "recapture long lost goals, overcome the blocks that inhibit your success, decide what you want to be, and live your dreams."
This is a perfect book for new college graduates or anyone sick and tired of languishing in a dead-end job or relationship--yet reluctant to make drastic life changes due to uncertainty about what would actually inspire them. I Could Do Anything combines the I'm-not-buying your-excuses inspiration of Dr. Laura Schlessinger with the soothing, analytic encouragement of Dr. Martin Seligman in his classic Learned Optimism. In other words, Sher will pick you up off your butt and get you moving. She's included enough self-analytical exercises in here to save you hundreds of dollars in therapy.
Whether you're looking to make improvements in your job or personal life, Sher will teach you how to determine what your goals are, and how to successfully reach them--even if right now the only thing you know is that you're vaguely to very unhappy and haven't the foggiest idea what to do with yourself.
From Publishers Weekly
Therapist Sher's guide to discovering and attaining personal and career goals was a PW bestseller for five weeks.
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Barbara spends the first three chapters of this book explaining that we all have passion inside us somewhere, but many of us have built up resistance to finding what we are passionate about. She provides several exercises to identify and let go of this resistance. I found the exercises helpful and meaningful, unlike the exercises in some other self-help books. I will warn that most of her psychological theories rely on events that happen in childhood, and I know that many people are very resistant to these theories.
The remaining chapters of the book are targeted to specific groups of career seekers. There is a chapter for those who are interested in so many things that they can't pick just one, a chapter for those who are so successful that they find it hard to leave their current job, a chapter for those who have seen a dream slip away, a chapter for those who can't find anything interesting (that's me!), etc. The exercises in these specific chapters are the ones I found to be the most helpful. Barbara provides exercises that can be implemented immediately and are tangible. In other books, I found myself meditating about ideas in my head, but never executing anything. It is the complete opposite in this book - all of the exercises have tangible outputs, either written work or tasks to be completed in the near future.
Highly recommended for those trying to find their "dream" job - or just a job they don't hate!
If you are a highly reflective person, I'd recommend passing on this book; however, if you are someone who is new to the world of self-discovery, you might find some helpful tidbits to help you discover your next steps in life.