Given the name of my blog, it will come as no surprise that Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In makes it on the list of books I love. In Lean In, Sandberg examines why there are still fewer women in leadership roles than there are men, and, controversially, she suggests that women take charge of their circumstances and focus on what they can do as individuals to take charge of their own path and, ultimately, change the percentages at the top.
‘People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.’ To drive decision making, we need to communicate from the inside-out. We need to start with why.
I recommend this book to anyone struggling to keep all the balls in the air, who feels like there isn’t enough hours in the day or who is looking for an alternative to the trade-off between a career and family. But I also recommend it to busy people who, like me, think they’re not doing too bad of a job by themselves.
Stuffocation’ means exactly what you think it means – it is the idea that we are suffocating ourselves with ‘stuff’. We have become so tied up in a culture of materialism that we are overwhelmed with things. We are drawn into a cycle where we work hard so that we can afford to buy things, to keep up with the Joneses, to acquire more and more, bigger and better. But having everything we thought we wanted isn’t making us happier.
Although I hate labels, I do class myself as a minimalist. Not an extreme minimalist like these guys, but minimalist nonetheless. I don’t like ‘stuff’. I can tell you exactly where everything I own is kept. I like to have a few empty cupboards. I don’t have a junk drawer. I banned asked my friends andRead more about Lessons from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up[…]