Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim your Life by Ian Sanders
|Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim your Life by Ian Sanders|
|Reviewer: Ekaterina Rodyunina|
|Summary: Juggling does sound like a great idea: look inside yourself, figure out what interests you and what you love doing, and make a business out of it. Or at least downshift. Or - worst case scenario - make it your hobby. This book is a good starting point if you have never considered changing your job, don't have a hobby and expect to work for one company all your life.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 216||Date: February 2009|
Juggle! - says the title - Rethink work, reclaim your life. Wonderful - it seems like just the right book for someone like me: having a decent 9-to-5 job, but still wondering whether it is the best possible place to be. Aren't we all told in school we have hidden talents and one could achieve brilliance if only one used them?
It should indeed be just the right book, but it's not. True, it is full of stories of successful jugglers. It features myth-busting truths like the job is not all about the money or change is good (duh!). It shares recommendations like make lists and learn on the job, but let's face it - this is nothing new.
What I was missing throughout the book was the here's how I got there and here's how you can too. Sure enough, it's all well and good to know that Ian Sanders manages to both work and see his family, or take inspirational trips to Amsterdam, but what does this give me? Did it take an abrupt step to retire and work for himself? Did he have a back-up plan? How did he find his business contacts? Was it hard, on a scale of 1 to 10? Was his family involved in making this decision?
It's nice to know he is successful now and his high-profile friends swear by juggling. However to make a life-changing decision one needs a bit more information and encouragement than sell yourself.
Juggling does sound like a great idea: look inside yourself, figure out what interests you and what you love doing, and make a business out of it. Or at least downshift. Or - worst case scenario - make it your hobby.
That's all fair enough, but what is my hidden talent, exactly? Say, even if I do find it, will I be able to make a profit of it? And who will be lucky to pay my bills while I am happily dog-walking or crayon-painting? Will my company let me downshift? (no, if you're wondering). It's the practicality that I found lacking throughout the book.
Besides, it is the striking banality of the thought itself: - who has not considered changing a job for something ones loves doing? Who has not pursued stamp-collecting if that is what makes one's day? Did we really need Ian Sander's nod of approval to do both work and volunteering?
This book is a good starting point if you have never considered changing your job, don't have a hobby and expect to work for one company for the rest of your life. Anyone?
I would like to thank the publishers for sending this book to The Bookbag.
For some advice on one positive step which you might take we can recommend Work From Home by Judy Heminsley.
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