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The Personal Business Plan,
This review is from: The Personal Business Plan: A Blueprint for Running Your Life (Hardcover)
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Why do many people plan their careers in meticulous detail but somehow muddle through the rest of their lives without any planning at all? Do you feel you need to change your life and change your focus? Have you somehow lost sight of what's important to you and your children have grown up without you really knowing much about their lives because you've spent most of your time at work? If you answer yes to any of these questions then this might be the book for you.
At first a personal business plan might seem too structured but if you think how much energy and planning you put into your annual holiday compared with planning your life you might start to wonder whether you have your priorities right. All the usual self help advice is here but there are many other insights which made me think about how I plan - or don't plan - my own life. The book is supported by a web site from which you can download the toolkit and there is also a copy of it in the book itself.
The book is structured on the basis of asking yourself ten questions:
1 - What is My Situation?
2- How Can I Thrive?
3- When Do I Perform at My Best?
4-What Energises Me?
5- Where am I on My Personal Journey?
6- How Do I Become Happy?
7 - How do I Reinvent Myself?
8 - How Do I Differentiate Myself From Others?
9 - What is My Personal Business Plan?
10- What Have I Learned?
The business plan itself is based on the answers to those ten questions. Each chapter is full of compelling case studies showing how it is possible to change one's life so that ambitions can be achieved and attention paid to all areas of life.
I found the book fascinating reading and I have marked many passages to return to them later. There are many quotations from famous and not so famous people scattered throughout the text. One thing that struck me forcefully about this book is that the author firmly believes that people should not choose between family and work - it should be a both/and situation rather than an either/or situation. Both are equally important. The aim isn't to achieve perfection but to achieve a satisfying and joyful life.
It is difficult to convey the full flavour of this book in a review and I have yet to road test the toolkit because of a deadline to complete this review but it did provide me with many `light bulb' moments about my own life and behaviour. I know I shall return to this book at a later date as I have marked many sections with post it notes and pencil jottings. Each chapter ends with a bullet point summary of that chapter's contents which is a useful reference point. I have just opened the book at one of these summaries and two things struck me immediately - `Change your behaviour if you feel miserable'; `Use humour and humility to keep events in perspective'- both excellent pieces of life advice.
The book is well written and beautifully produced with notes on each chapter, a bibliography and a top ten of books for recommended reading as well as an index. If you are serious about planning your life or have changes you know you need to make then this could be the book for you. I cannot recommend it too highly though be prepared to put in a lot of work to get the full benefits from it.