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Drop the Ball Audiobook

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

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Publisher's Summary

A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women's leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go.

Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others - freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only 18 percent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: Just as women reach middle management, they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women's leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu's Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection and to expect less of themselves and more from others - only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.

©2017 Tiffany Dufu (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Mercedes McLemore 03-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally! Someone who understands...."

    As a professional woman working in the financial services industry with a 5 month old, I found this book absolutely refreshing. While the idea of "dropping the ball" didn't sound all that original I found her story interesting and decided to give it a chance. I'm very happy that I did, because what she speaks of is more than simply passing tasks off, or letting your personal life explode to pursue success. She's talking about managing your expectations and the immense amount of pressure that is placed on mothers. Her performance was pleasant, I could listen to her during my commute and while folding clothes and never found it annoying. That is a big issue for me with many of the audio books, but I breezed through this one. Also, the stories she told are very relatable. Overall I felt inspired after finishing it and would highly recommend this to anyone feeling overwhelmed with expectations that you never seem to be able to meet, to do lists that never seem to get shorter, and partners that you love but don't feel they pull their weight. Bravo Tiffany. I am a fan.

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    Kimberly 11-10-17
    Kimberly 11-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful and relevant"

    Drop the Ball taught me that it is an option to consciously choose to "drop the ball" intentionally and that is O.K., it doesn't always have to be accidental. By allowing yourself to do less and expect more of those around you, you may actually be pleasantly surprised because those around you could exceed your expectations and find new and creative (and more efficient) ways to do the bazillions of things we as women try to juggle daily. Amazing read! Highly recommend! Thank you Tiffany Dufu!

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    Kemnetta Pillette 10-31-17
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    "Rated Among my Best Reads for 2017"

    I really is enjoyed the humor and truth shared in this book. I can totally relate. I need to commuicate my feelings and thoughts clearly!

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    Marie PHOENIX, AZ, US 09-29-17
    Marie PHOENIX, AZ, US 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great lessons"

    I enjoyed hearing how Tiffany dropped the ball to help me develop my own strategy of doing so. I just wish she had someone else read it - her scratchy voice made me tired.

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    Bailey McG 08-26-17
    Bailey McG 08-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye Opener"

    Loved this so much I binge listened to the whole thing. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with their marriage or struggling to find balance between competing priorities in life - regardless of what those priorities are. Thanks Tiffany!!

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    Marsharelle 07-31-17
    Marsharelle 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought Provoking"

    Gives a different and challenging perspective to moms navigating the home management and workforce terrain. Lots of food for thought.

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    Whitney King 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Life changer"

    This book quenched my soul; it was everything I needed to hear and learn. I encourage you to engage with Tiffany further on twitter - her words will continue to engage and inspire me and generations to come, whether it's this publication or a post 140 characters or less.

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    Angela Baker 04-24-17
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    "Phenomenal Read for All Moms"

    Tiffany has inspired me to set/reach career goals by dropping the ball! Thank you, Tiffany!

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    Esi-Kilanga BROOKLYN, NY, United States 04-20-17
    Esi-Kilanga BROOKLYN, NY, United States 04-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a must read for current and future"

    a must read for current and future working parents. You are not alone!

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    JJ 04-03-17
    JJ 04-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome book"

    I enjoyed listening to this book, I appreciated Tiffany sharing her own story backed by research and stories of other women. It was also good that the audio book was in her voice you could feel the story coming from her heart. I encourage every woman to read this book not just working moms, we all have balls we need to drop.

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