I could do anything if only I knew what it was Paperback – 1999
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I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was
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My main criticism of this book is that it is simply not universal enough for a self-help book. In attempting to illustrate the different types of "voices" that some people hear when they are thinking of changing their lives, Sher divides her readers into sub-catagories. If your inner voice says, "abc", then you are a type who can't focus. Read chapter 6. If your inner voice says "xyz", then you have fear of success. Read chapter 5.
My problem with this type of format is that I wound up feeling alienated from a great many of the chapters, since there was little percieved value in reading those that didn't specifically pertain to me. Since I have no problem focusing, and am not afraid of success, I had to look pretty hard to find anything of use in the chapters dealing with those issues. Yes, you can certainly skim that parts that don't apply, and I did. But I was annoyed that I'd parted with my hard-won coppers for essentially half a book's worth of ideas.
That having been said, Sher's writing is engaging and open, and I applaud her life's mission. She is clearly living her dream, and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Those looking for that type of inspiration, however, will be much better served by one of her other books.
I could call it a life changing book...excellent
The book is informative, refreshing and extremely useful. There are many rich topics for anyone who isn't sure what he/she wants to be when he/she grows up! Some of the topics are: What are you suppose to be doing?, Fear of Success: Leaving the Ones You Love Behind, I Want too Many Things, I'm all over the Map, Help! I'm not Ready to be Born Yet, How to Live an Extraordinary Life and much more.
Besides excellent topics there are fun exercises and explanations to learn what makes you tick.
For example, I wasn't sure if the book could categorize me very well, but it did. I have many varied types of interests and the book validated who I am and what I enjoy doing.
Barbara Sher called us Scanners. These are individual who want to taste everything. She goes on to say "To scanners, the universe is a treasure house full of a million works of art, and life is hardly long enough to see them all." Sher notes that career aptitude tests tend to miss scanners. This book provides some great recommendations to be successful by not changing.
The thread throughout the book is to be true to whom you are and mold a career around yourself! This is an excellent book for anyone who is ready to make a decision on finding their dream career!
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Extremely insightful and thought provoking I will be re reading thisPublished 2 months ago by ruth benzimra
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GREAT GREAT book. So inspiring, optimistic and different. Helped me a lot! Thank you BarbaraPublished 9 months ago by bilal iqbal
I think Barbara Sher is amazing. She seems to know me better than myself. The book contains lots of detail about psychological barriers to change. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sue Brownlow
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