This is one of those work-life balance books that is more about you than work. It is a practical guide and emphasizes working on building a plan for your life rather than just thinking about it. For the right audience, this book will have real benefits. The idea behind that book is that you can use the same kinds of methods that successful businesses use to make your life into the kind of success you want it to be.
The book uses imagery that you can use to motivate yourself and into action. The first the author uses is visualizing yourself on a burning platform a couple dozen feet off the ground. What do you do? Then find your burning platform in your own life. The next is the COIL or Cost of Inefficient Living report. How much is it costing you to stay where you are?
The author, Scott Ventrella, also teaches you how to create your own Exceptional Living Plan and then how to use that to manage your life. What I did like is the way he gets into your core values, rather than supplying them himself (although he does makes some broad suggestions about what constitutes a balanced life). His method also includes a way to modify and update your plan to keep it fresh and relevant to your present life rather than become a musty artifact of who you used to be.
You really shouldn't just read the book from front to back. He gives you assignments along the way and to get the most from the book you need to do them. Like I said, for the right people, this can be a pretty helpful book.
I was positively dying to get this book the moment I heard about it. I went through every major bookstore here to find a copy, until impatience got the best of me and I had to order it through customer service.
It's a good book, no doubt about that, but reading it felt like there was a sequel or a workbook in the works. I appreciate how Ventrella makes his points clear and succinct, but at times the text feels like it wants to get a subject done and over with and head on to the next.
Each chapter, or "milestone" is divided into two sections, beginning with the exploratory text, and ending with a complementary activity for the reader to execute. Normally, in books like these, the first section explores the concepts and ideas deeply and thoroughly over six to ten pages, with the second section capping the chapter with just a page or a spread of guide questions and tips. In "Me, Inc." I sometimes become confused when the exploratory text is shorter than the activity section.
This book, to me, is very "male" --straightforward, strictly business, a bit cold, the way a business consultant might speak when issuing a report. So if you're the type who goes for this treatment, it may just work for you. Again, the concepts and strategies the book presents are great, but the presentation doesn't excite me a whole lot.
This book presents a focused, action-based, 16-week course on using sound business principles to clarify, enrich, expand and revitalize your personal life. The step-by-step approach will help you understand what really matters to you and how to organize your life to be satisfying and meaningful. Scott W. Ventrella helps you identify your core principles and tells you how to make them a living part of your life. He is not a guru who will tell you the secrets of life but rather a coach pushing you to make your own discoveries. His occasional use of composite (or perhaps fictional) characters as examples can undermine his credibility, but getAbstract recommends his practical program to people at the beginning of their careers, or those who've reached a dead end, and are willing to put in the time and work it takes to get moving.