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Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams Paperback – March 6, 2007
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About the Author
BARBARA SHER is a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and the best-selling author of eight books on goal achievement. Her books have sold millions of copies and been translated into dozens of languages. She has appeared on Oprah, Today, 60 Minutes, CNN, and Good Morning America, and her popular public television specials air nationally throughout the year. Barbara Sher lives in New York City.
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You will read the descriptions and practically jump up and down and say "That's so me!" In my case, while I identified with one type of scanner in particular, I saw parts of myself in each one. Additionally, I found this book invaluable for examining my life and beginning to brainstorm some things I could do different. It's already paying dividends.
BTW, this book isn't just about careers, though that's part of it. Sometimes those of us interested in many hobbies need help pinpointing where we are & how to maximize our interests. For me personally, I want to move forward with career change based on what I learned but I also have a million different hobbies as well. Run, don't walk to Amazon and get yourself a copy. If you are what is described as a scanner, you will found you have "come home."
I gained some surprising insights into myself and which kind of lifestyle would suit me best. Quite an eye-opener!
I found the second part of the book in which Sher outlines nine archetypal kinds of Scanner of particular importance, if only because it is where she is at her most detailed and prescriptive. Early on in the section she shares how she had "never met a Scanner who was only one type", which, to me, frames the descriptions that follow as common challenges and pitfalls she has troubleshot in the past, rather than as personality profiles to live up to. This, and other little touches, help lend the book a certain mindfulness to balance out the exuberance you come to expect from the Scanner author.
I cannot say how the ideas in Refuse to Choose will sit with a reader who has not already done the amount of thinking about the topic that I had in the years leading up to reading this book, but it does well to confirm what many might have not yet put into words. In the end, after all, it's this act of putting these things into words (among many other things outlined within) that will make the Scanner's finishing process easier, whether it's "bringing in a buddy" on our projects or in building that daybook we can keep coming back to.
All I want to add is that I would love to see the ideas in Refuse to Choose expanded on in the years to come to reach a wider Scanner audience. My Generation Y needs another Barbara Sher!
Now, in her latest, Refuse to Choose, she speaks to those of us who are Scanners and why we have had difficulty fitting in and how we can structure our lives to do all that we enjoy. I am almost finished reading and I have found myself in more than one description of Scanner types.
What I especially like about Barbara's books are all the examples she gives and the variety of suggestions and advice. Everyone should be able to apply what they learn and if you need some extra support, see her website, and sign up for the Scanner forum.
Three cheers and THANK YOU to Ms. Sher on another well-done book.