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Love and Work: How to Find What You Love, Love What You Do, and Do It for the Rest of Your Life Kindle Edition
A Wall Street Journal bestseller
World-renowned researcher and New York Times bestselling author Marcus Buckingham helps us discover where we're at our best—both at work and in life.
You've long been told to "Do what you love." Sounds simple, but the real challenge is how to do this in a world not set up to help you. Most of us actually don't know the real truth of what we love—what engages us and makes us thrive—and our workplaces, jobs, schools, even our parents, are focused instead on making us conform. Sadly, no person or system is dedicated to discovering the crucial intersection between what you love to do and how you contribute it to others.
In this eye-opening, uplifting book, Buckingham shows you how to break free from this conformity—how to decode your own loves, turn them into their most powerful expression, and do the same for those you lead and those you love.
How can you use love to reveal your unique gifts?
How can you pinpoint what makes you stand out from anyone else?
How can you choose roles in which you'll excel?
Love and Work unlocks answers to these questions and others, so you can:
- Choose the right role on the team.
- Describe yourself compellingly in job interviews.
- Mold your existing role so that it calls upon the very best of you.
- Position yourself as a leader in such a way that your followers quickly come to trust in you.
- Make lasting change for your team, your company, your family, or your students.
Love, the most powerful of human emotions, the source of all creativity, collaboration, insight, and excellence, has been systematically drained from our lives—our work, teams, and classrooms.
It's time we brought love back in.
Love and Work shows you how.
About the Author
For over twenty-five years, Marcus Buckingham has been the world's leading researcher on strengths and human performance, as well as an entrepreneur, founding the strengths-based leadership development firm The Marcus Buckingham Company. He began his career at Gallup and was the cocreator, with Donald O. Clifton, of StrengthsFinder. He is the New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of ten books, including First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; StandOut 2.0; and Nine Lies About Work. He is currently Head of People + Performance Research at the ADP Research Institute.
To learn more, visit loveandwork.org
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- ASIN : B08T24QK35
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press (April 5 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2128 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #195,402 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What really resonated with me are the 'red threads' - those activities in our day where time flies by and we feel energized and fulfilled. They are unique to each one of us, and they are interwoven with other threads (not every activity we do can be red). But, we must have those red threads every single day.
Love+Work combines practical exercises with sound research and personal anecdotes. Asking yourself the questions posed throughout the book gives you insight into what brings meaning into your own work. The book has influenced me already, in terms of me acknowledging my own red threads and therefore how I structure my day, how I think about my work, and being able to recognise what is unique in me and what I do.
Although useful at any time in your career, I think this would make a wonderful gift for a new grad - someone just starting out on their career.
The core thesis about the power of doing work from a place of love is both radical (returning to the source) and such common sense, but sadly all too rarely experienced.
This book weaves together several strands from his previous books and integrates them into a new and very practical framework to equip you to figure out what you love in your work and how to do more of it.
As much a manifesto as a how-to guide, personally I’m both motivated and scared to fully embrace what he’s arguing for, as to seek love is to open yourself up to the possibility of pain.
Becoming aware that you loathe the work you do and that there’s little to no potential to do it with love is something I know I’ve found soul crushing in the past, and am struggling with right now.
So while I know what I need to do,
the thought of it is deeply disturbing.
But if I want to do more than just survive, then at least the path has been made clear.
Thank you, Marcus, for showing us how.
I started a job with a new company, in a foreign country, on a new continent. Did I have the skill set to do the job demanded of me? Absolutely. Did I love every day and every task? Absolutely NOT. I knew why it needed to be done and this was a critically important foundation. My mindset accepted this but for almost 2 years, it was incredibly hard, often draining and emotionally challenging. Why? Not just because of all the newness, but because the job didn’t present the right ecosystem for me to use my innate talents, my ‘red threads’ in adequate quantity. On many days, there was no glimpse at all of a “red thread” opportunity but as Marcus points out, no job presents a ‘red quilt’. No job presents an environment where you absolutely love every single activity, every situation, every moment. I recognized this and thankfully knew what I needed to work towards and steer, in order to create a work environment in which the ‘red threads’ could fill at least 20% of my day. Marcus encourages us to take the time to learn what feelings and tasks and situations and events in a job, magnetize us, invigorate us and when doing them, often almost automatically, your soul feels ignited in the presence of those ‘red threads’. And as you naturally lean into them, you thrive and get better at them which leads to competence, confidence and flair, success and forward propulsion. We shine when we do what we love. Love + Work teaches you to take ownership of the process to find your own ‘red threads’ and to be deliberate about working them into your job. I was very goal driven to structure my job so that I have an abundance of ‘red thread’ opportunities now. My work is thrilling and Mondays are golden. Marcus, your work is extraordinary and your new book emphasizes that each person needs to own the process of finding their ‘red threads’ if we want to at least ne happy in our work and more so if we choose to shine and grow in our work. 5 stars for this one!