3 out of 4 stars
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From drift to shift: How change can bring true meaning and happiness is a non-fictional book authored by Jody B Miller. Jody, who is fondly referred to as the work happiness expert, is a professional job and life coach and executive recruiter with over twelve years’ experience helping thousands of people find true meaning and happiness in work and life. With this vast experience she is best placed to write this book.
From drift to shift is an emotive four-chapter book narrating the lives of seven individuals, the author and one tribe who have experienced life altering shifts. Two battled cancer; two were involved in tragic accidents leaving one of them paraplegic. One was neglected as a child and two were raised in abusive homes resulting in depression, low self-esteem, feelings of shame and guilt. This shift process addressing the why, the when, the how and the aftermath allows the reader to see the narrators go on a self-discovery journey to find true joy and happiness in their work and life.
Say you come from a challenging background such as one with absentee or abusive parents, then Serita and Reid Coxs’ stories will help you rise above your past, live out your dreams and reach your full potential. Or perhaps you or a loved one is battling cancer or any other debilitating, life threatening illness, Emilee Garfield’s heart wrenching story will inspire and challenge you to wake up the warrior in you and fight for your life, your dreams and your loved ones. And if you or your loved ones have gone through a near death experience such as a tragic accident that perhaps left you paraplegic, then Andy Wirth and Darren Quinns’ traumatic accidents will inspire and teach you that life sometimes lets you face a giant such as the biblical Goliath so you can discover the David in you. Perhaps you and your partner have tried everything possible to have children, to no avail and adoption now becomes an option. Sloan Walsh‘s story will renew your hope as you journey with her through this process. Suppose you exemplify society’s success status symbols with the perfect family, job, money, power and material wealth but are falling apart on the inside. Deep down you feel empty, depressed, lonely and unhappy. Jerry Collonna and Manoj Chalams’ stories will reveal to you the true definition of success which is finding your purpose in life-something you love and do for the benefit of others. Or perhaps you are at a crossroads in life, desperately needing a break to do some soul searching. By all means do get away and like the author, a several weeks’ stay in the deep amazon forest may be all you need to take destiny decisions.
I loved the stories in the book because stories paint mental pictures that enabled me connect and relate to the lives of story tellers. The author aptly narrates the stories in first and third person interchangeably yet they flow seamlessly, which is admirable. When told in first person the story is more authentic and relatable. When told in third person it breaks the monotony. I loved that the author also shares her personal stories indicating that she is not only knowledgeable but has experienced shifts which gives the content more credibility. The use of rhetoric questions is also great because I was able to reflect on and internalize the book’s content. I also loved the use of authoritative research or evidence to support her points. The quotes are memorable.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like the occasional vulgar language in the book, it is offensive. The author has used jargon such as inchoate, conflate, traipsing and ennui, making the content incomprehensible. There are grammatical errors in the book such as: ‘modeled’ instead of ‘modelled’, ‘Serita is matter-of-fact and emotionless’ instead of ‘Serita is as a matter-of-fact emotionless’ ,‘How could it when you started out faced with forgotten?’ instead of ‘How could it when she started out as forgotten?’, ‘They both came from no money.’ instead of ‘They came from a financially challenged background.’ ‘A living death .’ instead of ‘A near-death experience’
I would recommend this book to anybody who feels stuck, unhappy or unfulfilled at work or in life, or anyone in search of their life’s purpose or going through a significant change in their lives.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because of the grammatical errors in the book.
From Drift to SHIFT
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