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High-Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout Paperback – November 1, 2010
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--Cindy Krischer Goodman, Miami Herald columnist of "The Work/Life Balancing Act"
"Gain powerful tools to manage your life and to keep your engine 'revved up'!"
--Dr. Priscilla V. Marotta, psychologist and author of "Power and Wisdom: The New Path for Women"
"... not a 'one-size-fits-all' self-help throw away, but a sensitive, insightful window into the world of professional women, their unique stressors, and proven approaches to ameliorate them." --Laurie Shanks, Professor, Albany Law School
"Finally ... compelling and enlightening research combined with a realistic road map for high-achieving women to reverse burnout and find our way back to sanity!" --Caryl Ginsberg Fantel, MrFood.com Editor, Music Director, and Arts Advocate
"Dr. Bourg Carter reinforces a basic truth: control your professional job before it kills you. This is a harsh reminder of what we all need--work smarter, not longer--and take our lives back." --John Wesley Hall, Criminal Defense Lawyer
Top Customer Reviews
As it turns out, I had been doing a decent job of self-medicating. However, when your "medicine" is kickboxing rather than "just relax and do nothing," it's easy to mistake the causes for the solutions.
This book does a great job of explaining why you feel overwhelmed (probably too good of a job; the whole first half of the book is this). Better than that, though, it gives great suggestions for what sorts of fuel your mind & body need to keep running at the break-neck pace that it does.
This book is heavily skewed toward CEOs and other business higher ups. However, the author does note that high octane women can also be stay at home moms or hold lower paying jobs. If you are the kind of woman who always pushes herself as far as she can go... and then tries to get a little further anyway, you might be a high octane woman. If anyone has ever told you, "I don't know how you do it," or stared in disbelief when you listed off the errands you've gotten done in a single day, you might be a high octane woman. If people always assume that your work will be perfect, because they've already tried to find flaws and consistently fail to, you might be a high octane woman.
And if you are, you need to read this book.
The book lost a star from me because the last quarter of the book absolutely does not apply to me. I'm not saying it won't apply to some other reader, it just didn't address enough of the "cure" that I was seeking.
I was also fascinated by the parts explaining what it does to high-octane women being in a man's world and how that works psychologically. This book explained a lot of things that I knew in the back of my head but now can actually do something with.
Well worth reading for an overview of what to watch out for when you're running on empty and how to deal with it when you are.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the idea. There were a few good points ... but it feels like the author burned out and ran out of things to say so she repeated herself --- over and over.Published 8 months ago by Dal Gal
If you are female, you need to read this!
Even if you practice good self care and stress reduction, this book will give you a whole new perspective.
I agree with Sherrie Bourg Carter that there are specific approaches that an individual can take to cope with stress in one or more areas of one's life. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Robert Morris