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More To Life Than Shoes: How to Kick-start Your Career and Change Your Life [Paperback]

Nadia Finer , Emily Nash
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Book Description

4 April 2011

Do you dream of changing your life, but aren't sure how? Want a more rewarding job, your own business or a chance to make a difference? It's time for a little less aspiration, a little more action.

More To Life Than Shoes shows you how to ditch the doubts, find your spark and make that shift. This book is packed with inspirational stories from the women who've done it: the student who landed herself a job as a rock photographer, the housewife who started a global charity, the accountant who turned her back on finance to become a wing-walker, the mum who got the idea for a multi-million pound invention from a carpet stain, the novelist who used a split-personality to create a bestseller, and loads more. This book will give you:

. smart, practical advice on following your passion

. expert tips and resources on everything from starting a business to travelling

the world

. the tools and confidence to finally start making your dreams happen!

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848502508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848502505
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great inspiration from those who have hurdled their way to success. (Sarah Beeney)

Read this and realise you can do anything. (Martha Lane Fox)

Women who love their jobs explain how to achieve goals. (Elle Magazine 2011-03-01)

If you're seeking inspiration, humour and a few pointers it could kick-start your dream career. (Spirit & Destiny Magazine 2011-08-01)

This career manual is perfect not just for those actively seeking a new role, but is also fairly inspirational for those who just want a little pick-me-up. If I had a teenage daughter, I would definitely be buying them this little gem. (Excelle Magazine 2011-03-29)

About the Author

NADIA FINER and EMILY NASH were stuck in jobs that didn't match their dreams, when they decided enough was enough, and set off on a mission to find the country's coolest women and ask them for advice. Since then they've established a business that connects like-minded women everywhere; there are now More To Life Than Shoes groups in communities, businesses and universities, supporting and connecting women throughout the UK. Check out

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, sassy inspiration for women of all ages 14 April 2011
More to Life Than Shoes is a book you can pick up for five minutes or fifty minutes and come away believing you have it in you to turn your life around. More than a career book, MTLT is a source of inspiration and practical tools for kick-starting the journey towards achieving ANY of your (wistful) dreams - which may of course be career-bound. The front cover might suggest this is a book for young women - it's not. Both men and women, young and old can get something from it, although it is especially relevant for someone who feels drained or despondent with the way their working life is at the moment.

The authors combine self deprecating wit and warmth with case study after case study of women who've achieved some incredible things. They deconstruct how each woman they profile has achieved what they have and draw out insights for the reader to take away and use in her own life right now. That's what makes it a powerful and useful read and why I will be recommending to some of my clients.

Being a writer myself (Mothers Work!: How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work) I liked the profile of Joanne Harris who says it's OK to walk away from your PC on days when the words just aren't coming. My favourite story though, was that of Hilary Lister, the quadriplegic who sailed the coast of Britain single-handedly. I shan't say anymore but suffice to say the book will move you and highly likely to make you take action on your own life. If it doesn't, you'd do well to try the More To Life Than Shoes group meetings in towns across the UK.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel the pain and do it anyway - with jokes! 3 May 2011
What a great book this is! Using interviews and examples from high-profile and successful women, combined with their own friendly, warm yet funny writing, Nadia and Emily have created a must have 'manual' for any woman wishing to take the plunge and either change career OR set up their own business. What is particularly invaluable is the contribution from women from such a wide variety of industries. Each chapter is summarised with 'Top Tips' and targets and each section is broken into smaller parts so it is easier to dip in for information.

I have already bought another copy for my young assistant who is wanting to set up her own business.

Congratulations to Nadia and Emily for writing such a user friendly, yet invaluable book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on sisters 27 April 2011
Have you ever had one of those days, weeks or years where all you seem to be saying is "I can't", "I'm not pretty enough", "I wish I could but..." or "I hate my job and wish I could be a wing-walker", well if you have then this is the book for you. It leaves you feeling that you can take on the world, if that is what you want to do of course!

As women we so often have images of scantily clad vacuous celebs thrown in our faces that we can easily fall into the trap that this is what we need to aspire to. What this book does is say: `hang on a minute what about these awesome, inspiring women who are doing amazing things'.

The book is a series of interviews, joined up by a funny and human narrative from Nadia Finer and Emily Nash. A real mixture of women are interviewed in the book highlighting that there are many different ways to do something that you are passionate about. All the way through reading these interviews I was yelling "right on sister." My personal favourites were Sharon Barry for starting Storybook Dads a charity that helps prisoners to read bedtime stories to their kids and Annie Nightingale for still rocking at 69.

Along side the interviews there are some really useful top tips boxes, for example I liked the one on staying calm. A great resources section at the back, I can see myself returning to it time and time again for direction. And the More To Life Than Shoes manifesto that I am going to pin on my wall! So the next time I catch myself moaning "I can't" I'll remember the inspiration I felt when reading this book!

A fantastic read. I would highly recommend this book to any one, man or woman, who knows that there is something more out there for them but just needs a little help where to start!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowser - what an inspiration! 19 April 2011
I am not often one for reading these kinds of books, well I pick them up but I never get through more than a few pages but this one was so different! It has been written with so much personality, honesty and thought and I read the whole thing in 2 days! It is packed with inspiration, but not pie in the sky inspiration, real women kind of inspiration, we all know goals need to be realistic but sometimes our own lack of self confidence means our realistic goals may not be as high as they could be - this book will put paid to that! Real women talking about extraordinary achievements in the most down to earth way will make any reader take a good look at their goals and up them to the next level.

I was going to pass this on as I know plenty of women who could benefit from a book like this but nope, I'm keeping this copy and now friends birthday presents will be an easy purchase!

Nadia and Emily - you have done a fantastic job and thank you for seeing your project through!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to Life than Shoes 26 Mar 2011
By MandyH
Every time I dip into this compelling little book, it pushes my buttons and sends motivational tingles down my spine.

It is written by two women, Nadia and Emily, on a quest to improve their lives and follow their dreams - but they don't know how to do it, so they talk to all sorts of successful women to learn their secrets. They take us on the journey with them and together we work it out. It is a fun read, full of human interest stories that are totally engaging and inspiring. Nadia and Emily pull together what they have learned to provide us with tips, help and support but, unlike other `self-help' books, it is not preachy - It is more like a chat with your best friend.

I think it is a `must have' for every woman with a pulse.
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I loved this one. Not so much a "how to escape" but a collection of empowering stories by women who have taken the plunge, with tips for making your own leap along the way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Raquel
3.0 out of 5 stars How to kick-start your career
Has not held my attention in the early part of the book but as I have it as an ebook I keep forgetting I have it. I'll get around to reading it all one day
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This book refreshes and reaffirms why I changed to the work I love to do (I am an Acupuncturist and Clinic Director). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sue Kalicinska
5.0 out of 5 stars It really could change your life!
Such an inspiring and jolly read, I keep recommending it to friends and they love it too.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best at the End
I have to say that the first third of this book really annoyed me. We are the smug girlies who have worked out our life balance handing down tablets of stone to those less... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing
I was really looking forward to reading this as i am always interested to read about women who are doing something different/inspiring (rather than the just stories about beautiful... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars There is 'more to life than shoes'!
I have read lots of motivating books, the wise always recommend getting lots of inspiration into your brain to keep you motivated. Read more
Published on 6 May 2012 by DRawls
5.0 out of 5 stars change your shoes...(!)
I have not read all of this book and the format of it allows for dipping in and still getting something of use I feel. Read more
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