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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 StrongLifeTest.com.¬† 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 Рsomeone calls you up out of the blue and relies on your opinion Рreminded 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.

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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! http://wp.me/poeTz-mR

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.

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