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I will not lie, I struggled my way through reading this book but midway through I figured out why Everything is Figureoutable was not resonating with me. Curious? Read on to find out!
Everything is Figureoutable || Marie Forleo
This book made me
- roll my eyes
- dig deep into my “why”
- laugh, like those good solid chuckles
- cry, hopeful tears, not that “woe is me” kind of tears
This book is more than just a book. It is an action plan!
Marie Forleo makes you stop and think, “why not me?” Throughout the book, she weaves a story that helps you understand the psychology behind why we put up our roadblocks (yep, we pretty much are in our own damn way), the tools to overcome those roadblocks, and she makes you do homework. It is the total package in the “get out of your own damn way” toolbox for business (and life).
Socially, we’ve been conditioned to self-deprecate and downplay our abilities, which leads to low self-esteem and self-sabotage that adversely affects every sphere of our lives.Marie Forleo
Layout and/or interesting features
The Insight to Action Challenge that followed each chapter provides a great framework to apply the concepts to your context. Regardless of having a dream of what to “do what you love” or needing to dig deep within to find that dream, she has provided you with actionable items to find it or refine it, hone it done and polish it, and most importantly do it and live it with the challenges.
Marie Forleo wants us all to be amazing. Yep, I know that sounds sappy but and the cynics might disagree with me that she just wanted to make some money by publishing a book but I think the authenticity that oozes how of this book is legit. #hatersgonnahate
Personally, the first few chapters were not igniting my passion because I have my dream, I have my accountability people, and I hit the bottom already and doing that “rise from the ashes like a Phoenix” thing. I was in a perpetual “get to the point, Marie, I have figured out what I want to do…” but the pay-off for me started in chapter seven and until through the epilogue. If I didn’t already know that “everything is figureoutable” already I bet there would have been some ugly and cathartic tears in chapters 1-6.I was in a perpetual "get to the point, Marie, I have figured out what I want to do…" but the pay-off for me started in chapter seven and until through the epilogue. Click To Tweet
Area for improvement
At a few points, a couple of the personal reflections felt longer than necessary to support the point but ultimately they all needed to be there to support the text and her purpose. From a design aesthetic, I think there is one font type too many, but I am quirky about my font choices so this might just be a paragraph to fit under this heading. 😉
Would I read it again?
Not the entire book, but I can 100% see the value in doing the Insight into Action Challenges when I hit a roadblock or feel like I might be directionless. There is some real value in the exercises in my overly opinionated opinion. Especially, the Insight to Action Challenge in Progress Not Perfection chapter is extremely valuable if the desire to be “perfect” is one of your barriers to success.
What should I read next?
I should probably read my homework for my grad school class, but let’s be honest that isn’t any fun! Oh, wait, it is since I am a lifelong learner! I may revisit an old favorite text as well, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or the book for my upcoming book club.
Though, for my non-grad-school and personal enjoyment option, I believe I will finally tackle This is Marketing by Seth Godin, yes, I know, I have said this a few times. What are you getting ready to read? Drop me a line or comment below.