Find your strongest life by Marcus Buckingham-should this be in issues section?

on Feb 26, 2010 @ 07:55 pm

I am not a slave to Oprah by any means but did any of you watch the show with Marcus Buckingham? If you did or heard of it, what did you think?

I am working my way through his book slowly and have to say I am quite happy with it! I feel like he is 'speaking' to me-I find myself saying 'Yeah, I think that too' as I am reading.

Do any of you think that this information is long overdue? Lately, I have been feeling 'stressed' as a woman and have started to think about the 'role I was born to play' and that life is not about juggling/multi-tasking as much as fulfillment (he says this in the book too). I have redefined my idea of 'success' and am starting to take a closer look at ME both inside and out!

Do you think it's important to 'have it all'?

I think I could go on and on but I'll stop here.....


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what's the book about? on Mar 01, 2010 @ 11:29 am

Meredith, what is the book about? I've not heard of it, but I get a tiny sense out of the description of issues you indicated you're grappling w/. I would love to hear more.

Lately the book I've been reading is Chapman's 5 Love Languages. Its been helpful in my marriage to better understand how my husband expresses love. LIkewise, he's reading it to better understand how I express love. This book is really a must read for dysfunctional and healthy relationships.

spotty! on Mar 01, 2010 @ 03:30 pm

This book is for women and talks about what is 'behind' successful
women. It talks about how to figure out what your 'role' (this book
describes 9 different Lead Roles) is in life and develop strengths
relevant to fulfill you.

I guess it could be lumped in with other 'self-help' books but what I
especially appreciate about this one is that there is a science behind
it and studies to back up what the author is saying. I am also
intrigued that a MAN is writing this book and is acknowledging that
women of today have more going on in their lives than men and therefore
have to approach their lives differently. It also talks about how
'achieving balance' is not ideal !!!

I have read the love languages book by Gary Chapman...I like it. He
has a lot of great books!!! My mom gave me a Kindle reader for my
birthday since I tend to read between 5-10 books a week (and my husband
cut me off at Chapters).

Love Languages is great! on Mar 01, 2010 @ 03:34 pm

I have not read the whole thing but have participated in a book study for both LL and LL for Kids. It's a real eye-opener for me and how to better approach those around me. Once you have an idea of what makes people tick (or in this case, filling up their love tank), it's a lot easier to avoid feeling offended or causing offense unknowingly. This Buckingham book sounds pretty interesting too!

good point m-luv on Mar 01, 2010 @ 04:20 pm

I think the Chapman book is great....most of his books are quite helpful and I feel like he writes as if he is speaking to me, which I appreciate..

The Buckingham book is more about looking at your strengths (and his definition of strengths is quite different from what you may think it means) and using them to deliberately tip your life in your favor therefore giving you a sense of fulfillment. Buckingham states that 'successful' women define their 'strong' moments and then build upon them. He really shuns the terms 'balance' and multi-tasking ....and his reasoning behind why is simple and makes so much sense!

Sometimes I get mad at myself for not searching out this information and waiting until it hits Oprah to take a peek at it but I am thoroughly enjoying this book and keep re-reading certain passages over and over again. The exercises he suggests are quite challenging for me...and while frustrating, I feel like I am learning a lot about myself.

Definite eye-opener.....

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