3 out of 4 stars
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Do you know the difference between Goals and Targets? Goals, found in football games in which a player may strike in multiple ways to achieve a goal, but a target found in archery is singular. The player can take his stance in any direction, yet have to strike the bullseye to win. Therefore, strive for more goals than targets in life, no matter how you experience, From Drift to SHIFT, you will get there.
As Jody B. Miller puts it,
In this collection of real-life events, Miller makes her readers experience how people broke off-road blocks and moved toward success. It's an ideal treasure trove that consists of 258 pages questioning how change can bring true meaning and happiness to our work and life. Readers who wish to feel inspired may take refuge in this read."Everyone has a story to tell. Each of us are born with a unique offering to contribute to the betterment of this world. Some stories stop in their tracks and never move forward while others flow seamlessly. The most engaging stories are those that experience a shift somewhere along the way. A shift that gives them the strength, courage, and fortitude to move outside of their comfort zones and into places of belonging. These are the stories that motivate, inspire, and give us hope"(p.2).
The structure of this self-help read consists of 4 parts, questioning: Why Shift? When To Shift? How To Shift? After The Shift? As an added feature, Miller has included an Introduction, an Appendix, Notes, Resources, and separate sections titled, The Balance Of Work And Play, How To Deal With The Complainers In Your Life, Advice I Thought I’d Never Give, Live Your Fairytale, Meet Someone New Every Day: A 6-Day Experiment. Concluding each chapter, Miller introduces a section titled, Takeaways. Miller uses this device as a sum up to gather the tools offered by each story.
The perspective of Miller's writing is helpful and motivational. Interviews with her sources are fascinating and full of ideas. Each unique story taught us to find our zeal in life. Miller's constant reminder about embracing positive change, risk-taking abilities, drive for achievement stood out the most. Her ability to constantly challenge and question the reader was an exquisite characteristic: her words make you think. Genuinely, I preferred the Takeaways from each section: they were short and to the point.
Every self-help book has its limitations, and this one's no exception. Miller confuses her readers with her attempts to draw a common thread between each story. She attributes their success to positivity and reckless attitude toward chasing their dreams, but in practice what you see is an example of survivorship. Though this read inspires hope for tough situations, it isn't an effective read when providing actual guidelines on how to go From Drift to SHIFT unlocking true happiness in life. At times, I felt the stories were rambling and over-verbose: they were just drifting when they can be more specific. I noted a few sentence structure errors, and I wish to exercise the importance of re-editing her work. I wish to give this read 4 out of 4 stars, but due to the tone in Chapter 3 and the disorganized nature in Chapter 6, I must settle with a 3 out of 4 stars.
From Drift to SHIFT
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