Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham: A Review

fysl_cover_fullOkay, I’ll just come out and say it. It’s been really hard to Find My Strongest Anything lately.  There have been two deaths in my family in the last week,  yesterday my one and only laptop hard drive crashed (I’m on a borrowed one now) and, I realized just moments ago that this review is actually due today, October 5th, and not tomorrow, October 6th, as I’d thought.  Me, strongest life?  Hardly.

On the other hand, one could argue the timing of this book in my life couldn’t be better.  In a moment, I’ll tell you how you can get a free copy all your very own.  But first, my impressions of the book.

The complete title is actually Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book that was so obviously not geared to me.  Despite this though, I found it to be quite fascinating.  Here’s a quick 90-second video intro to the book from the author:

What the book ultimately tries to do is to teach you to identify your life’s “strong moments,” those moments that really get your juices flowing.  Sounds pretty remedial, right?  But, for me at least, it’s so easy to let these moments go by unnoticed.  Reading the book, I realized I’d been doing exactly that for a long time.  Even as I thought about the last couple of weeks, as Buckingham suggests doing, and tried to pick them out, I kept coming up empty. 

What Find Your Strongest Life helped me to do was pinpoint them so that I can now, going forward, focus my attention on them.  I discovered, for example, that my Lead Role is as an “Advisor” (You’ll learn where you fit after taking the simple test at  The questions are geared to women, but I didn’t find it difficult to think of each one in terms of my male role in life).  I must say that, as I read the “strongest moments” associated with this trait, I became really excited.

One of them – someone calls you up out of the blue and relies on your opinion – reminded me of two real-life examples from just a few days ago.  When I thought back to these two moments, I was instantly reminded of how much I enjoyed these conversations.  Is it possible, I thought, to make a living advising people?  Duh!?!  Of course it is you dolt.  People do it every day. 

But other than a few brief flashes, I hadn’t much thought about my desires in this area.  Find Your Strongest Life helped me understand the importance of not treating these flashes so lightly.  In short, I came to realize there’s nothing I enjoy more than being relied upon for my opinion.  In other words, as Marcus writes, to clarify a complex issue for someone who acts upon what I’ve told them and to see them succeed upon doing so.   

Whether you find you’re an Advisor, a Motivator, a Weaver, a Care-Taker, I think you’ll find new motivation and the direction you’re looking for in this new book.


Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers, I have four (4) copies of Find Your Strongest Life to give away.  For a chance at snagging one, you must take the following three actions:

  1. Leave a comment below. Tell me why you’d like this book.  I really want to know.  I might even get to know you better.
  2. Fill out this special form. I have set up a separate form to make it convenient for you to provide your mailing address.  Please do not include your address with your comment.  This will automatically disqualify you.
  3. Twitter a link to this post. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can use Facebook.  Please copy and paste the following into your tweet/update:

Reading: A book review of Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham. @THEjeffbrown is giving away copies!

Yes, I know if more people read this, it will hurt your chances of getting a copy yourself.  But the only incentive the publisher has to provide books to giveaway is the free publicity you and I collectively provide.

On Thursday, based solely on my arbitrary and subjective evaluation of the comments, I will select the winners. If you are selected, I will notify you via email. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume you didn’t make the cut.

Question: Why do want a copy of this book?  What do you hope to get out of it?

Whether you win a copy or purchase this book from one of the above links, I thought you might enjoy sampling a few pages first.


6 Responses

  1. nice article

  2. What a blessing this book will be for many. Personally, I would like to have a free copy not just to read but to share. I ‘think’ I am also an advisory, but I’ll have to complete the quiz to see because as a woman I can see myself in every one of those roles! Finding my strengths is something I struggle with, and I hope this book will help me.

  3. Hi Jeff,

    First, let me say how sorry I am for the deaths in your family. It’s never easy to deal with losing loved ones, and I send you light and love. I also sympathize greatly with your computer issue, as my own computer crashed about 10 days ago, and I am now typing away on a nice, little refurbished Gateway. 😉

    Anyway, I would love a copy of Marcus Buckingham’s new book, “Find Your Strongest Life!” A huge MB fan, I have read every book he’s written over the past several years, and even have attended one of his seminars here in Orlando! He is phenomenal ~ incredibly motivating!

    As one of the many thousands laid off this past year, I am currently consulting — and very grateful for the opportunities that have come my way. But I need more. That said, I don’t have a lot of extra cash to spend on anything other than the necessities right now. So, would I love this book? YES! It would mean I can read it now, when I’m really hungry for it, without waiting weeks or months for it to be available at my local library!

    Whatever you decide, thanks so much for the consideration ~ keep the faith ~ and keep the blogs coming!
    Jenifer ( via @jenajean )

  4. I’m looking for practical advice on how to meet my full potential and live a full life.

  5. A friend of mine just told me about this book. I would love to read it. I took the test online the other day. It sounds very interesting!

  6. oops email on my first comment is incorrect. I corrected it on this form. sorry.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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