Monday, October 05, 2009

Review of Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

Multiple studies show that though we have more opportunity, choices, influence and power than ever before, women are significantly less happy than they've ever been. Of course, there are women who are successful and happy--so what's their secret? Marcus Buckingham believes it's discovering and using their strengths, and he's developed a technique for each of us to do the same.

Buckingham has years of corporate experience and has written multiple books on leveraging strengths to get results. I haven’t read any of his previous books, but it took me a little while to get into this one. The beginning, simply put, is tedious. I felt like I was reading a book meant for teenagers. He repeats his ideas often, and provides a summary of the main points at the end of each chapter. This is certainly a book meant for the mass market.

That being said, things got more interesting in Part 2, and by the end I was glad I’d stuck with it. Buckingham has some great insight about the push for balance, the tendency to focus on and try to fix our weaknesses, and proposes some interesting techniques for investigating our “strong-moments”: moments when we feel our most alive, motivated, and fulfilled.

My advice is to not expect that this book is the magic potion that will change your whole life, but to read it with an open mind and take the time to try his exercises, as I think they are worthwhile and helpful for those wanting to leverage their strengths in any area their lives.

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