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Juliet's School of Possibilities

A Little Story About the Power of Priorities
Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A charming, life-changing fable that will help you rethink your whole approach to time, priorities, and possibilities.

Riley Jenkins is in trouble. An ambitious, hardworking consultant in her late 20s, she's used to a lifetime of nearly perfect evaluations - until she gets a terrible performance review from her boss. How is that possible when Riley does everything her clients want - including answering emails 24/7 - faster than they expect it?

That's precisely the problem: She's spread too thin. Despite her insane hours and attention to detail, Riley can't produce the thoughtful work her clients expect. Now, she's been given 30 days to close a major deal, or she's out. Meanwhile, her personal life is also on the edge of disaster, with her boyfriend and close friends losing patience with her chronic unavailability. 

The last thing Riley wants, at a stressful time like this, is to attend a women's leadership retreat with some of her colleagues. But she can't get out of her commitment: a weekend in New Jersey at some silly-sounding place called Juliet's School of Possibilities.

Yet before long, Riley is surprised to find herself intrigued by Juliet, the lifestyle maven who hosts the conference. How does a single mother of two run a successful business while acting as if she has all the time in the world? The answer may lie in one of Juliet's Zen-like comments: "Expectations are infinite. Time is finite. You are always choosing. Choose well." 

By the end of this story, you'll join Riley in rethinking the balance between your present and your future, between the things you have to do and the things you want to do. Like Riley, you can free yourself from feeling overwhelmed and pursue your highest possibilities.

©2019 Laura Vanderkam (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Laura is my go-to expert for time management and Juliet's School of Possibilities is a delightful book. You can read it in a couple of short sittings, then go away with a lifetime of application." (Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle and The $100 Startup

"Thousands of books explain how we should set priorities, stay focused, and make time for what truly matters - but that advice, however sound, is all too easy to ignore. Laura Vanderkam takes a different approach. By harnessing the irresistible power of story-telling, she makes those aims vivid and compelling in an entirely new way, to show us how and why we can make room for possibilities." (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies and Better Than Before

"Volumes have been written about abundance versus lack mentality, typically as they relate to money. But who among hasn’t lamented, 'I don’t have enough time!'? Ah, but you do - and Laura Vanderkam’s sweet-and-sage parable will show you exactly how to find it, use it wisely, and revel in it richly. Read Juliet’s School and you too will find yourself saying, “Oh, the possibilities!” (John David Mann, coauthor of The Go-Giver

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The guide is excellent but...

The romance and the magic didn’t help.
But, yes, the principles behind are rock solid and ver well explained.
I am recommending it to my children but with apologies for the cheese part

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I am Riley

Laura’s story made me realize so many things about myself and motivated me to make changes TODAY.

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Enthusiastic recommendation

This is a book that feels like the solution to all my problems, & I want to send it to everybody I love. Very clarifying & positive

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Nothing original here

A very banal story with cliche characters. Literally felt like a waste if my time.

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Mostly blah

I just didn't like the way the book was presented. I didn't seem to realize it was a story narrated, with characters. I guess I thought it was self-help and I know you have to 'read' the message in the story it is presenting but personally, it wasn't for me.

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Fantastic!

Loved it! Crazy how life can be so overwhelming if you let it be. All it takes is a change of mindset and prioritizing what means most to you to start making your dreams come true! Great Book, Laura! Will definitely recommend 👌

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  • mk
  • 04-01-19

great story with real lessons.

this book is well performed with great life lessons in time management and priorities. it is something that we all need to think about in our life.

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wakes you up

As a productivity coach myself, I was still moved to a deeper awareness of an important truth about how we spend our time.

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Ojalá todos lo lean<br />

Muy bonita historia Narración excelente! Lo terminé en un solo día y repetí varias partes! Te cautiva de principio a fin

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Good Story - Definitely From Female Perspective

As a big fan and reader / listener of all of Laura’s books, this was a new path for her. I related to many of the situations since I’m in the same career / industry as the character in the book. Many practical insights gained from the book.

The book’s literal description of every visual cue was a little over the top as it had a “chick lit” feel which was sometimes overbearing hearing about raindrops and wind blowing. I did look past this and thought book was worthwhile. I’d suggest Laura listen to Jon Gordon’s — The Energy Bus for the gold standard in this style of fictional story.

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  • Stuart Brown
  • 04-08-19

Good parable. Definitely made me think

Good. But too short. It's more like a novella. It's only 140 pages and ends rather abruptly. She should have simply carried on the narrative and explored how these ideas about time play out in the real world, rather just having a fluffy ending. In reality we all face challenges around deciding on priorities on a moment by moment basis, and this never explored this properly. It had a good setup to explore that, then just ended. Should really have been double the length, and explored this dimension of time management. Good though. Worth a listen.

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  • Ms M
  • 03-19-19

Took me a while

I love Laura’s books but this one I found almost too overwhelming. Perhaps because it’s relatable.

I understand the rat on a wheel feeling. I would have liked to hear more about how Riley gets off this wheel with a few small ideas

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  • Scott Lee
  • 03-14-19

Awesome book

Heard about this on Impact Theory, this was well worth the listen, it was very inspiring