- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Int edition (29 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400280788
- ISBN-13: 978-1400280780
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Marcus Buckinghamis a best-selling author with more than 3.7 million copies of his landmark bestsellers in print.Profiled in theNew York Times, Fortune, andFast Company, hehas consulted with brands such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I ordered this book thinking that my wife and daughter would be thrilled to find out how to find their strongest lives. I left it hanging around where they tend to pick up books I want them to find and read. That didn't work. Then, I asked each of them if they would like to read it. My daughter turned up her nose and my wife said she's take a quick look. After six minutes my wife commented, "There's not much there."
Although this is a book-length self-help book, my advice to men would be not to buy it for women. They'll buy it for themselves if they want to read it.
Assuming that all men have stopped reading the review by now, let me address women. If you have read Marcus Buckingham's book, Find Your Strongest Life, you probably won't feel that this book adds very much other than some anecdotes. Take a peek at the library or while browsing at the bookstore before buying.
If you haven't read that book, let me ask you a question to help you decide if this book is for you: How happy are you with your life on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being as happy as you can imagine?
If you answer seven or higher, you are average or above in happiness and much of this advice won't help too much.
If you answer four or lower and loathe either your job or your family life, this is your book. Go for it.
The book is structured around an experience that the author had in counseling 30 women who had achieved so-called success in life, but were dissatisfied.
It begins with 10 myths, which I paraphrase to shorten and for clarity:
1. When women have more opportunities, they are happier.
2. Happiness for women increases with age.
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Women and men are wired differently and it has been a pleasure to see a woman's life and possible troubling thoughts through the eyes of a man. Men do look differently at the world than we, women, do. It has brought me some nice eye-openers that I also use for my clients in coaching as to what makes you happy.
Read and judge for yourself, it is fun to look at things from another perspective!
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I first read Find Your Strongest Life shortly after its publication in 2009 and have used it in my work ever since. I often have clients take the Strong Life Test when we first begin working together, and so far nearly all have said the results were spot-on. And, unlike many other assessments, the Strong Life Test (as well as StrengthsFinder and those found in Buckingham's other books) points people in the direction of their *strengths* - qualities that they can leverage and enhance, rather than labels that might limit or inhibit.
Find Your Strongest Life was also an excellent book choice for the professional women's success club that I facilitate. It provides ample discussion points, activities, and "I can relate to that!" stories that kept our group positive and moving forward. We highlighted some of the book's points in fun ways, too - such as bringing sets of juggling balls to the meeting where we discussed "Catch-And-Cradle." The book made it easy to incorporate these types of activities into the group - and made them memorable, too!
One of the greatest takeaways of this resource lies in the "SIGNs" of a strong life. If you feel successful, instinctively look forward to tomorrow, continually grow and learn, and fulfill your needs, chances are you live and work in favor of your strengths. By leaning towards optimism, growth, and the activities that light you up, you can enhance your productivity, increase your sense of purpose, use your time more wisely, and live and work with joyful success. Find Your Strongest Life helps readers do this with authenticity and confidence which, in the long run, serves us all!