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Book Review – Find Your Strongest Life

My review of Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham (ISBN 9781400202362)

I first heard Marcus Buckingham speak at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit a few years ago. He was still with Gallup, and was talking about approaching leadership (and life) development through an entirely different avenue – developing our innate strengths over trying to correct our weaknesses.

I was intrigued and inspired. I bought First Break All the Rules, and have read everything that he has published.

As father to two wonderful young women, and husband to a ridiculously talented wife, I was curious to see how he would focus the principles specifically toward women in his new book Find Your Strongest Life.

Past the strengths tests (provided within the book) Buckingham contends that “moments matter most.” He encourages women to not only identify their individual strengths, but to focus on those moments in life that turn dreams into actionable steps and thus into reality.

In a counter-intuitive move, Buckingham also encourages women to abandon the illusion of “balance” in life. The encouragement instead is to focus your attention on the strength moments in life, and actually tilt your energies into those areas. Satisfaction is not found in balance (managing energy) but instead in striving for intentional and focused “imbalance” toward your areas of strength.

The book begins with broad strokes, but then finishes with pinpoint detail on how you can apply these principles to your life.

Recommended.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing my review copy.

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About Bill Todd

Bill Todd is a spiritual director and speaker living in Franklin TN. He is patiently loved by Jody Todd, and their children Kaleigh, Hannah, and Liam.

Discussion

7 thoughts on “Book Review – Find Your Strongest Life

  1. Hey buddy,
    thanks for the review. Always looking for a good book (especially to help others) and this one looks like a really good one for a friend of mine. I’ll have to check it. I remember liking Buckingham when I saw him as well.

    i hope all is well with you, bro. miss you guys 🙂

    by the way, i’m pretty slow in the start but, i started a blog site…
    http://www.thelonggoneforgotten.blogspot.com

    keep in touch 🙂
    Brice

    Posted by Brice | October 6, 2009, 12:05 pm
  2. not to be snarky..but girls dig his accent is all I remember from that summit..the guy said smart things but oh the voice..

    glad to hear he is calling how it is for gals, because gals are strength in a lot of life’s best moments..going to add it to the pile

    Posted by T | October 6, 2009, 10:53 pm
  3. Oh & there was another gal in the audience who agreed with me..just sayin’ & not namin’ names…

    Posted by T | October 6, 2009, 10:54 pm
  4. Oh man, LOVE the bio. Really well written, I love your perspective.
    I love the underlying message of being in tune with one’s true calling, despite what it may look like to others.
    No I know this is a bit of a leap but imagine if your true calling was … bull riding. Not exactly what any parent wants to hear, that’s for sure.
    Jeremy sent us a great story about sticking with his passion no matter what. There’s a link to his video below. Hope you find it as inspiring as I do.
    Thanks.
    http://www.ahamoment.com/vote/jeremy

    Posted by Mike | October 28, 2009, 2:51 pm

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