I recently read a book that will forever change the way I go about living my life. In his inspiring book, Find Your Strongest Life, Marcus Buckingham deftly illustrates how to live your life by highlighting and valuing your strengths. Now, at first glance you may be saying, “Okay, I’m good in math—that is a strength. I am also organized and can whip up a flow chart in 10 minutes—done! That’s another strength.” Buckingham, however, views strengths in another, more authentic light—one that is much truer to our real selves. This perspective is what makes this book so compelling.
The core of Find Your Strongest Life is not really about finding “balance” per se, but rather how to strategically “unbalance” your life to make it strong. According to Buckingham, strengths are activities that transport you, energize you, uplift you, and fill you up—not what everybody tends to believe “you are good at doing.” The reality is that you can be quite good at many things and not derive any energy or pleasure from any of them. In such a case, those activities would be considered “weaknesses.”
Through the stories of courageous and inspiring women, Buckingham illustrates just how one can go about harnessing her strengths to live an optimal, “unbalanced” life. Moreover, Buckingham also addresses ways to live strongly in one’s personal, professional, and family life. Most of all, Buckingham manages to alleviate a lot of self-imposed stress and pressure by demystifying what it is to “have it all” and the myth of aiming for a “balanced life” (hint: It’s not possible, nor would you be happy if it were).
Finally, Find Your Strongest Life is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. After reading it, I now feel that I have a better sense of who I am, where I am going, and what tools (strong moments) I will need to propel me toward the path I choose. Give yourself the gift of reading this book. Take the time to savor it and put into practice the recommended exercises. I promise you will not regret it.
What strengths do you have? What activities energize you and make you want to get out of bed in the morning? I would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment in the reply box below or join our private Facebook discussion forum!
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