Marcus Buckingham – Find Your Strongest Life
I don’t remember exactly when I became a fan.
I just vividly remember thinking “this guy is BRILLIANT!”
His perspective on taking your God-given uniquenesses and channeling those towards being the most effective, thriving, fulfilled person you can be resonated with me so deeply.
And so, I have consumed every book he has written. I have listened every chance I’ve had to hear him speak. I’ve watched his videos and I’ve taken all of our staff through the Strengths Finder materials.
Imagine how excited I was when I learned that he was writing a book SPECIFICALLY FOR WOMEN!
In Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently Marcus puts into data and words the feelings that I think women leaders have wrestled with as we’ve continued to make greater strides over the last several decades in our careers. The startling reality? We’re less happy now than we were decades ago when we had less options and less opportunities. Seems kind of backwards, right? In our attempt to “have it all” we’re finding ourselves more and more miserable. Marcus attempts to redefine “having it all” and then walks us through some data, myths and choices that we need to evaluate in order to find our strongest life.
If you’re a woman trying to “have it all”, Marcus is going to hit a nerve… well, really a lot of nerves… as you read through this book. The book is a very quick read. That can be good or bad depending on your perspective. For me, it was too quick. And if you’ve been a Marcus fan for some time, you are going to see a lot of regurgitated material from his other books. There’s probably no way around that since he’s staying focused on his strength of empowering others to find theirs – you can only say the same thing in different ways so many times. But if you are brand new to Marcus, you’ll love it!
Here’s my favorite quote from the book and a quick video of Marcus telling you about the book himself.
“The psychological result of too many choices is that we’re always in search of an elusive perfection.”
Did you see the series he did for Oprah? Fantastic. http://www.oprah.com/package/money/career/pkgmarcus/20080401_orig_marcusbuckingham