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No More Regrets!: 30 Ways to Greater Happiness and Meaning in Your Life (BK Life)by Marc Muchnick
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We all have regrets in life, but none of us want to have more of them. While the sources of our individual regrets are unique to each of us, Marc Muchnick has discovered that there are some common themes: we get stuck in ruts and lose perspective, hanging on to bad jobs, bad relationships, and bad habits; we fail to appreciate how little time we have on this Earth and take people and things for granted; we live without authenticity, sticking to the status quo and losing sight of our dreams; we stop evolving, becoming trapped in our fear of failure and rejection: and we become overly self-absorbed and judgmental, growing insensitive to others. Each of the “30 Ways” falls into one of five overarching strategies for avoiding these sources of regrets:
(1) Gain a Fresh Perspective
(2) Cherish Each Day
(3) Follow your Heart
(4) Stretch Yourself
(5) Be the Force of Goodness.
The book is written in a "pick-your-style" format—you can dip in at any point and find something of value. You can try to implement a way a day, or work on one way for a week. Just one or two new insights from the 30 ways presented in the book can be the key to having greater happiness and meaning in your life, career, and relationships.
"Muchnick (The Leadership Pill) leaves the workplace for the personal this time, providing a glimpse into the life of a confident, adventurous bliss-follower who completed his PhD research project in three months (instead of 12) and quit his job to move his family abroad. Muchnick divides his book into a number of short tales that invite readers to ponder a moral question. The author's story about his late grandmother, for instance, a call to make every day count, stands as a poignant if familiar reminder that life is short. In fact, the author's wisdom nuggets are often facile, but never fail to contain something essential. 'Don't just dream it; do it' serves as the capstone to Muchnick's decision to leave his hectic life for a stint in Europe with his wife and new baby. Readers are also urged to 'make every day count,' 'get out of your comfort zone,' and 'stop doing what isn't working.' The book's primary flaw may be that Muchnick, by leaning so heavily on his own experiences, has set himself up as the poster child for a happy, fulfilled man. Some readers might have found greater inspiration looking into someone else's life story. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Muchnick presents a hands-on guide to dealing with the regrets in life, and shows readers how to overcome their regrets and find greater happiness and meaning in their lives, careers, and relationships.
Why do we have regrets—and what can we do about it?
We all want to live a life without regrets. Whenever we do something we wish we hadnt—or dont do something we wish we had—we vow it wont happen again. But why do we have regrets in the first place?
Because we become prisoners of habit and circumstance, we take people in our lives for granted and fail to be true to ourselves. We stop growing and learning, become self-absorbed and judgmental, and lose touch with our innate goodness. Inspired by his final conversation with a dying friend, Marc Muchnicks No More Regrets! is specifically designed to help you avoid these pitfalls.
Just one or two of the thirty ways to greater happiness and meaning outlined here could potentially change your life. Muchnicks suggestions are straightforward, thoughtful, and easy to implement—often just a matter of shifting perspective and seeing the world differently. He illustrates each with a moving personal story and includes a “No More Regrets! Game Plan” tool to help you banish regret from your life forever.
About the Author
Marc Muchnick, Ph.D. is Founder and President of People First Group, a management consulting firm servicing leading organizations including start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits, and companies such as Invitrogen, Hilton Hotels, Delta Air Lines, McDonalds, Fidelity Investments, and many more. Muchnick is also coauthor of the international bestseller, ""The Leadership Pill™"" with Ken Blanchard, and author of Naked Management: Bare Essentials for Motivating the X-Generation at Work. He is an internationally known motivational speaker, leadership expert and online management professor with featured appearances on CNN and elsewhere.
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