Item description for Life on the Wire: Avoid Burnout and Succeed in Work and Life by Todd Duncan & Andy Andrews...
Overview Life is naturally imbalanced--some seasons require more work and others, more life. "Snorkeling at 10 A.M." teaches readers how to harmonize the 10 most common tension points that arise in their efforts to simultaneously work and live well.
Imbalance is natural.
The key is to make it purposeful.
In "Life on the Wire," "New York Times" best-selling author Todd Duncan challenges the status quo in search of a better, smarter way to work and live. He profiles several people striking out to find "balance." You'll meet an entrepreneur, a bartender, and an accountant, among others. You'll hear their stories, their challenges, their insights, and the critical lessons they learned.
Duncan contends the last thing we need amid life's inherent imbalance is another attempt at a how-to formula for perfect balance―equal parts work and life. In fact, he argues that such a holy grail does not exist. Instead, he has issued a more pragmatic formula he calls "purposeful imbalance" the process of purposefully leaning toward work without sacrificing life and purposefully leaning toward life without damaging your career. It is precisely the way a tight-rope walker makes his way across a one-inch rope without falling.
"I've always believed that when you're at work, you should work hard, and when you're at home, you should play hard. That's easy to say, but for a lot of people it's hard to do. In "Life on the Wire," Todd Duncan clears up the myth about the 'balanced' life and shows you how to rejoice in the purposeful--and planned-- imbalanced life."
--Dave Ramsey, Best-Selling author and host of "The Dave Ramsey Show"
"This book quickly shows you how to get more done, of greater importance, and less time, and dramatically increase the quality of your entire life."""
--Brian Tracy, Best-Selling author of "Eat That Frog "EO and founder of Todd
"Open these pages and discover practical yet potent advice for pursuing your dreams and living your life well "
--Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, author of "The Art of the ""Fresh Start "and "Professional Speaker"
"Todd has really touched on an important perspective regarding 'Life Balance.' Timely and relevant . . . reading this book will give you a nice bit of personal peace."
--Terri Sjodin, principle and founder, Sjodin Communications
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Apr 20, 2010
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 078521898X ISBN13 9780785218982 UPC 020049058039
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More About Todd Duncan & Andy Andrews
Todd Duncan, presidente de Maximum Impact en Atlanta, Georgia, es un conferencista motivacional que se especializa en ayudar a las personas a desarrollar mapas para el exito y para tener un mayor significado personal. Sus audio cintas, seminarios y libros incluyen "Ventas de alta confiabilidad" y "Cuando matas una venta", que han ayudado a millones alrededor del mundo a lograr todo su potencial. El y su esposa Sheryl, tienen dos ninos.
Reviews - What do customers think about Life On The Wire?
It's ok. May 19, 2010
Overall this book was ok. It is full of common sense advice, along with a few "real life" examples of how to use it.
Practical Advice For Avoiding Burnout May 8, 2010
As a manager I was very interested in reading Life on the Wire by Todd Duncan. While I personally have a pretty good work/life balance (or purposeful imbalance to use the terms of the book), I have struggled to try to articulate how to do this to other people. It was my hope to learn something from Life on the Wire that I could use with the people on my team as well as my peers.
Like many books on leadership, Life on the Wire does not provide a tactical, task oriented checklist of things to do. It provides subjects that provoke thought in the reader and lead the reader on a journey of introspection. While Duncan does a good job at this, the core concept of the book is quite simple: prioritization. The book consists of ten chapters that look at different "tensions" one faces as a professional, e.g. "making money vs. making memories", "working hard vs. staying healthy", etc. He dedicates ten chapters to a different tension. In each chapter Duncan uses stories from people he has interviewed for the subject at hand. Then he illustrates how the tension plays out along with two tips for dealing with the tension. However, I sometimes found the tips hard to translate from the examples into my own situation. This was not a universal problem, and I would expect different people to have challenges with different tips. It is not an uncommon thing in a leadership book. I do think that there is enough substance here for thought and discussion with others on the topic. I'm looking forward to starting these conversations.
The book is a quick read. Even the busiest of people could finish it in ten business days by taking less than 30 minutes to read a chapter. I think it is a worthwhile investment of time.
Interesting Read, Useful, Focused On Work / Life Balance May 6, 2010
I thought this book was fairly interesting and provides some good advice about how to deal with the never-ending problem of balancing your work and personal life. Some of the chapters didn't seem applicable to me, so I skipped around a bit, and found some useful advice / observations.
I expected this to be more about burnout, which it talks about in the description and on the cover, and it does address it in the form of how to balance work / life, but it doesn't really talk about it directly. However, for what the book was actually about, it was good.
The book is very readable and the author provides good / relevant examples to illustrate his points. He seems very knowledgeable on the topic, and he knows how to keep the topic interesting.
This was a good book, interesting, and with good advice about career / personal life tradeoffs.
finding your balance..... May 2, 2010
I found this book to be helpful. Not that it had any huge "aha" moments where I felt like now I knew all the answers, but sometimes what you need is for someone to point out some of the obvious things to you. Throughout the book Mr. Duncan uses examples of several different people's experiences to illustrate a point. There are people who are extremely successful in their work that are miserable in their lives, even though they seemingly have everything, those who take the comfortable job instead of the job they know will make them happy, those that love their jobs so much that they sacrifice their relationships and home life as though they operate on auto-pilot in their absence.
Mr. Duncan's approach is that you don't need to "balanced", as it is impossible for you to do it all perfectly. You need to be purposeful in your "imbalance". That is, you need to be like a tight-rope walker, knowing when to give more to work, when to give more time to personal, so that both sides are enriched and as a result you are happier and less likely to burn-out. No one has the luxury of just stopping on the rope, we just need to keep moving, but being aware that one area may take a bit more time, but in time you must lean back to the other side to stay on the rope.
Ten chapters are included in the book, and go over several "tension points" that cause us the most stress. Some of the chapters that I got the most from were "making money vs. making memories" (which equated to me that you need to stop and really live your life....you can be successful even taking time for yourself, which overall makes you more focused and happier when you are at your job/career. Growing professionally vs. growing personally, and one that I read with interest was helping yourself vs. helping others, as I supervise people and not only want them to feel like part of a team, but to feel like they have a life outside of their job and taking time to enrich that part of their life will make them happier at their job.
I felt less "guilty" about taking my earned time off. I mean, there is so much to do....how can I possibly take time off? Well, because if you burn yourself to a charred crisp and become the office martyr you are of no good to anyone. You aren't performing as well on your job, and you certainly aren't giving your family or yourself what they deserve. You need your time away to be happier and better at what you do. It can't be all work, and it can't be all personal, it needs to be a shift between the two to feel most in harmony. I took a deep sigh reading some of these....yes, I would be the one that waits until I'm ready for a breakdown before I take more than a day off.
Like I said, are there huge revelations in the book? No, it is more basic than that, it is like a friend reminding you of the most basic things in a way you say....yeah, I knew that, but I just didn't "get it".
Overall, a very good book, good writing, and helpful reminders on how to get into the practice of "artful imbalance". If you are struggling at your job, not sure of what you want to do or feel guilty when you are not at your job, you should give it a read. You'll feel less alone and you will undoubtedly pick up a few take-aways from this book that will help you along your own tight-rope.
Wired for Success Apr 26, 2010
Todd Duncan's "Life on the Wire" is an interesting self-help book. It's geared toward white-collar professionals who have obtained a certain degree of material success and are concerned that they are at risk for "burning out" at the workplace. The chief idea, which Duncan doesn't return to often enough, is that balancing a personal and a professional life is analogous to an acrobat walking a highwire. It's impossible to maintain equilibrium on a highwire unless you're committed to moving forward and shifting your balance to correspond to your goal. Duncan is very wise for realizing that there's no single way for us to balance both aspects of our lives equally at all times. He also deserves a lot of credit for repeatedly reminding us that everyone has a different set of priorities and weigh them differently from one another - one person's dream job is another person's "yesterday's news."
My main problem with the book is that many of the solutions are doable only if one works in a nontraditional workplace. If you're locked into a corporate environment, or required to literally punch a time card, it is indeed almost impossible to knock off work on a slow day and go snorkling. Also, nontraditional workplaces make additional demands on the worker - you really need to be very skilled at self-management and goal-setting to thrive in a nontraditional workplace. It's not for everyone, and many people are much better suited to a highly structured environment. Duncan also seems wedded to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which is problematic because not everyone wants to become a self-actualized person - they simply want to be better at what they do.
That said, there's plenty to be gotten out of this book. Duncan is a compassionate and sympathetic author who details the many case studies in this book with both dignity and taste. I liked this a lot, because I've found many self-helpers to be either patronizing or condescending. Not Duncan. He gives credit where credit is due, and he seems to genuinely respect the many people he's interviewed for this book. The many stories included here will provide you with different windows on your fear of burnout, and I believe that you will gain some insight by reflecting on the stories presented here and re-examining your own personal and professional life. This is a book that encourages thoughtfulness, and it's well worth reading.