BOOKS ✪ Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World Author Tom Rath – Reliableradio.co.uk

Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World BLUF You re paying lots of money for the user s manual to a pseudoscientific instrument Less than half of what s in the book will apply to you, and even the parts that do are too vague to be helpful.Rath s Eat Move Sleep is one of my favorite books for general wellbeing, and his development of a related website is a go to resource Are You Fully Charged was less intensive but had a helpful framework and interesting practical ideas for self care I didn t like that the book was artificially BLUF You re paying lots of money for the user s manual to a pseudoscientific instrument Less than half of what s in the book will apply to you, and even the parts that do are too vague to be helpful.Rath s Eat Move Sleep is one of my favorite books for general wellbeing, and his development of a related website is a go to resource Are You Fully Charged was less intensive but had a helpful framework and interesting practical ideas for self care I didn t like that the book was artificially lengthened with chapter recaps and discussion questions how do you get 46 pages of discussion questions out of 160 pages of text but the content was worthwhile Life s Great Question is Rath s most blatant money grab yet and its an embarrassing addition to his oeuvre First, it s notably smaller than his other titles which are already smaller than most books but alsoexpensive, despite the fact that it has far less content than his other works Rath apparently justifies this by giving readers a code to develop their personal profile on his Contribify website As a result, this book is littlethan a users guide to his website and the results of your contribution profile The first 50 pages provide an overview of his theory that we all have unique ways of contributing to others, which is the ultimate purpose in life and the remaining 90 explain the significant of each of his 12 personality profiles Since your profile gives you three strengths, that means over half of this short book doesn t even apply to you.Is the profile worthwhile Not particularly There s no science behind it or explanation of how the items and categories were developed beyond Rath s global comments my team perused the literature along with job descriptions, developed some questions, and tested them There s no evidence that this instrument has any validity or reliability, and we can t help thinking that our answers are simply letting Rath build his n for future editions Over 100,000 people have completed this instrument The descriptions of the 12 contribution types are filled with Barnum statements they sound specific but aren t , and padded with the same recommendations for each one Rath is still a big proponent of healthy behaviors, so each includes recommendations on eating, sleeping, and moving There s no evidence that the results are particularly accurate or helpful So what s the point The first 50 pages are where Rath explains his theory that happiness in life comes from helping others He shares a few studies that support his point along with lots of quotations, but there s little focus in this section Rath touches on several points without putting them into a cohesive structure, so it reads like the filler it is before he tells you to complete his online survey.In short, Rath lost me on this one I come to trust authors to deliver worthwhile and practical information, but I no longer trust Rath to do so This book is not worth the price of admission Won this book in a goodreads giveaway and soooo glad I did Very practical book to alter how you look at work and your day to day life Really enjoyed the fact that each book has a code for a program that helps identify the personalized contributions you can make rather than generic advice While reading and thinking of my workplace I wrote a list of people I can t wait to share this book with.There is practical application steps in chapters Overall a super quick but powerful read Overall a few good points, great idea but realization leaves much to be desired Disclaimer I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, for which I am very grateful Well, where do I start At first I thought that it would be one of those self help books aimed at finding your true calling , which I m skeptical of, so I didn t really expect much from it However, once I realized that it wasabout successful teamwork, finding your place in a team and making your workfun and purposeful not Overall a few good points, great idea but realization leaves much to be desired Disclaimer I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, for which I am very grateful Well, where do I start At first I thought that it would be one of those self help books aimed at finding your true calling , which I m skeptical of, so I didn t really expect much from it However, once I realized that it wasabout successful teamwork, finding your place in a team and making your workfun and purposeful not only for yourself, but for the people around you and, ultimately, the company that s where I got hooked I m in student affairs and I hoped that I would learn new strategies to implement not only in my office and daily life, but also to teach my students in order to improve their well being and increase work, school and life satisfaction Unfortunately, the book did not deliver everything it had promised.There is a website accompanying this book, and each reader gets a unique code that they can use to access the whole knowledge base stored on the website The book recommends that you take a test first in order to find your strengths prior to reading about the three dimensions of work create, relate, operate and contributions you can make in these areas The test is supposed to identify your strengths and provide you with tools and strategies that can help you invest in these strengths in order to start contributing in a meaningful way and see the effect of your contributions right away.Unfortunately, the test appears to be crafted very poorly I got all the wrong results instead of showing my strength, it showed me my weaknesses or strength of people that I admire and I wish I had I could never use the suggested strengths because things that come naturally to me and the things I m actually good at and enjoy doing lie in exactly the opposite direction Yet, once I read the descriptions of contributions in each dimension, it wasor less easy for me to recognize which strengths aka contributions apply to me Unfortunately, they were opposite to the test results.I also felt that many descriptions of different contributions were very similar, still there was no middle ground You could not have a combination of two contributions in the same dimension Also, there was no conclusion in this book whatsoever after the description of the last contribution ends that s it I feel like the book needswork and elaboration on the strengths, contributions, strategies and applicability of these to different areas of life I got few good applicable ideas from this book, but it left me wanting The first 50 pages or so are fantastic They are like his last book Are You Fully Charged, but really focusing in on the most important parts of life.Then the rest waswell, fine, I guess It was really just a quiz and how to read the results of the quiz I mean, it s interesting, but not quite what I was looking for It salong the lines of Strenghtsbuilder than what I was hoping for.Still, it does cement some thoughts I was having about my own life Now if only I could figure out how The first 50 pages or so are fantastic They are like his last book Are You Fully Charged, but really focusing in on the most important parts of life.Then the rest waswell, fine, I guess It was really just a quiz and how to read the results of the quiz I mean, it s interesting, but not quite what I was looking for It salong the lines of Strenghtsbuilder than what I was hoping for.Still, it does cement some thoughts I was having about my own life Now if only I could figure out how to get there I received Life s Great Question by Tom Rath as a Goodreads giveaway The book was not your typical follow your passion advice but rather, how one can make the most contribution to others I found the book easy to read and inspirational I particularly liked the very first chapter when Mr Rath shared his personal health issues with the reader while he was at a family reunion WantingdepthThe premise of the book, helloing people identify the ways that they contribute the most, is worthy of Rath s detailed analysis I found the book did not go into enough depth of the various types, not enough background on the broader research on contribution The book left me wanting. It s all in the contributionThe meaning of life is not 46 it s the contribution you make.This book is full of ideas and suggestions as to how you can make your life meaningful or rather how you can feel and perceive your life has meaning and that s what life is really all about.One hopes that by reading this book you too find your contribution. Thank you so much goodreads for the book give away I really enjoyed the idea of this book The idea that I can potentially increase my ability to contributeto my community was enthralling However, because I have done a lot of introspective research, this book felt a little rudimentary. A Remarkable Book, Story, And Online Program From The 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket , And Eat Move Sleep. I love this book It s one of them where I highlight almost every word for it really speaks to me The timing of what s going on in our world couldn t be better for this extremely important book The question right now is How can I serve Thank you, Tom Rath.V

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