Fantastic read, though often geared more towards mothers than single women and certainly not at all geared towards men.
Marcus Buckingham has written several books about strengths and weaknesses and writes compelling arguments for why “Balance” in life is death by a thousand cuts. He argues that strengths are what activities fulfill you and weaknesses are not ineptitudes but activities that weaken you, drain you.
Balance, therefore, is impractical. Instead, Marcus argues to purposefully imbalance your life so that you are taking on more and more activities that strengthen you and less ones that weaken you. His stories of women who have done this are usually women who didn’t hit things off right away. Sometimes it took a long time – even so far as some who collapsed in mental and spiritual fatigue – before they made the hard choices to gear their lives in a strong way.
The wonderful thing about this book, for me, is that it IS geared towards women. It’s one of the first self development books I’ve read entirely geared towards women and I enjoyed it immensely. Marcus covers the gamut of fears and concerns we let run around in our heads day after day and the challenges that sometimes keep us away from our strongest life.
Take the free online “Strong Life Test” and see for yourself where your innate talents are. Don’t worry. It’s best to take this test BEFORE you read about the different Life Roles!
If this book isn’t for you, I’d also recommend “Now, Discover Your Strengths” which is more business focused. I’ve loved the tests in both these books and the insights of my own strengths and weaknesses.