August 27th, 2011

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I Could Do Anything: Exercise #1

I started reading yet another self-help book a few minutes ago, I Could Do Anything, If I Only Knew What It Was, by Barbara Sher. Click on the name link and read the "other projects" part if you really want to feel like an underachiever. Okay, maybe it won't make you feel like an underachiever, but that's the effect reading Sher's bio had on me. Or, more accurately, now I feel like even more of an underachiever than I did a moment ago.

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I Could Do Anything: Exercise #2

Exercise #2 in Barbara Sher's I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was is called Their Impossible Dream:
Draw a picture of a person who would incorporate every last thing your family wanted from you. Use cutouts from magazines for extra fun, and then put their "perfect child" on the wall where you can see her (or him). blah blah blah... Admit it: it's impossible.
Yeah, well, maybe such things were impossible twenty-five years ago when this book was written, says the woman who went from being a single mother with three kids to an internationally recognized motivational speaker with several best-selling books to her credit, who hosts success seminars in Corfu, and who has a second home in central Turkey where she helps local weavers market their wares via the internet... yeah, this chick is telling us that living up to extreme expectations is impossible, so why even bother to try, right?Collapse )