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Live the Life You Love at 50+: A Handbook for Career and Life Success
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
I'm afraid I found the advice given in this book very superficial and I was disappointed in it. Maybe some of the suggested exercises would help some people but it wasn't for me. Repeating "I am a successful businesswoman" isn't really going to cut it for me.

I also found that the actual main content of the book finished when I was only approx 50% of the way through. The rest was resources and about 25% of the whole book was the index.

I read this as a Kindle book and found it ironic considering the target audience, that many of the boxed-out exercises and questions were written in a very small font size which could not be enlarged by the usual Kindle command. I therefore had great difficulty reading them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
Nothing substantial in this, just a lot of generic stuff with nothing concrete. I should have been suspicious when the author says she is a "Life Coach", which is something that never existed before the end of the twentieth century. She is of the school that "a little bit of positive thinking is all you need", "imagine what you want the future to be". Hence a lot of generic stuff but very little actual hard suggestions.

I wanted it for 2 main things - Career and 50+.

Careers is just one chapter from what I remember. Again nothing concrete on how to evaluate what you are good at, or how to switch careers, etc. Certainly nothing about careers has stuck in my memory from when I read it only last month, and there were no actions worth doing that I took away from it.

The ages of the people in the case studies are almost all 60+, which puts them very near retiring age. One or two people around 55, but all the others at 60 or more. She discussed issues about old age and lowering of incomes - something I am 10 years away from.

Most of the "exercises" are of the "Imagine if ..." and similar form. She states that one powerful tool is for the "coach" to repeat the same question six times in a row, no matter what the answer is each time. How one dimensional is this stuff?

Summary - generic, mainly waffle, unclear precisely what she is trying to achieve with this book, and nothing of any relevance or use. Clearly there is a market for this kind of information, but this does not deliver it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2013
I've read this book as someone who recently turned fifty and I'm also a coach-therapist so I'm appraising it as a consumer (as in how it might help me) and also as a practitioner (how I might use it to inform my work with clients who may be facing issues related to being 50 plus).

I was amazed at how well Keren manages to communicate to both types of reader (and for those like me that fall into both categories). I think this isn't easy to achieve and Keren has pitched this just right to both the client and the professional.

Speaking as the client I liked the information at the beginning. it was very clear and resonated with me. It also gave me a better understanding from a practitioner's point of view as to the kind of issues people might face depending on when they were born.

The exercises are great. I must admit, I was tempted to miss them at first because I was so interested in the content but they are definitely worth doing and recording so that you can reflect on afterwards. As a practitioner I recognised some of the psychological theory behind the exercises and I was very impressed by their presentation because they communicated meaning and purpose and seemed to do effortlessly.

I loved Keren's writing style. She is authoritative, engaging and very warm. She communicates understanding of the reader and that made me feel very comfortable and actually quite upbeat contemplating the latter part of my life in such a positive way.

I think this book will bring people of this age group hope. It will help them create a future for themselves that is positive and what they actually want, not in a wishy washy 'hope and it will happen' sort of way but in way that is built on solid foundations and is realistic and possible.

I recommend that you buy a nice journal alongside this book to collate all your thoughts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2013
I write this review as a 60+ who feels with every year that passes, more of a 40+ However keeping fit and having regular makeovers are never going to prevent the physical ageing process from taking its toll. The great news that Keren tells us in her book is that it doesn't matter! It is all about how confident we feel in ourselves and that we use our years of experience to not only enjoy our lives at 50+ but change our approach in the workplace and personal goals.

The way this book is structured into the major parts of our lives covering choices and decisions as well as career and lifestyle is extremely helpful. The reader can dip in and out to find advice on a particular area or read from cover to cover. The case studies are interesting to read and I found at least half a dozen stories that resonated with me! Keren shows that she listens to everyone and then gives sound practical advice on how to get yourself out of the quagmire.
I come away from this book with a feeling of "I think I can... I know I can" and that has be a good thing surely? Thank you Keren.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Keren Smedley has really come to terms with living life as an 'older' person and is a real advocate of getting the most from this 'second chapter' of life. Her new book not only provides a positive outlook on being older but gives real solutions to the most common place problems faced by this age group. I found it really useful to follow her coaching group to see how they progressed through their various issues and the tools Keren provided to help them do this. None of us go through life without a hitch or two, but this book provides a valuable insight into how we can overcome any setbacks (big or small) and how we can achieve success in totally new areas of our lives. This is a book you can turn to when you need it, so keep it handy - just in case. This book proves that you are never too old to learn and have fun.

Feel Fab at 50
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on 16 October 2014
My colleague and I used this book successfully last weekend at a workshop we were giving to counsellors who work with creative ageing. We thought it was full of excellent advice and useful exercises for couples and singles who want to take stock and plan for their 'third age.' In the crowded market of positive psychology, I felt this book stands out in terms of avoiding the obvious, the known and the just plain gushy and actually getting to some of the subtler issues underneath. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in promoting creative ageing. Barbara Bloomfield, Counselling Supervisor, Relate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2013
I bought this book for my partner as I thought it looked as though it might help give her a boost of confidence in herself which I know she is lacking at the moment after just turning 50 and feeling rather depressed about it! Not only in how she looks but in her work life too.
I ended up browsing through it and found it an uplifting read for me! I thought the tips and exercises were useful for developing confidence. I've tried a couple myself and definitely feel inspired to have a more positive outlook on my life.

Keren Smedley has written this book with insight and definitely knows what she's writing about. She is obviously very experienced and professional. I like the way she has used case studies that one can identify with.

I can recommend this book and will now pass it on to my partnerLive the Life You Love at 50+: A Handbook for Career and Life Success!
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on 4 June 2013
Keren's ability to 'get inside' the real issues for both men and women over 50 has always been insightful. With this, her latest book however she has excelled herself. The book made me smile, nod in agreement whilst giving me ideas and approaches I could use as a coach with older clients. Definetly her best so far and have recommended it to friends and colleagues.
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on 2 May 2013
A book that is both excellent and empowering. Very practical and accessible. Would inspire and give confidence to anyone wishing to make changes in their career or personal life. Thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
It is clear from Keren's book that when it comes to addressing the challenging issues of people journeying through the second half of life she is definitely the one to listen to. Keren lives the issues, shares them, thinks about them, questions them and offers a wholly new way for a new generation to define a future without compromise.
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