Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything
How to Get Sh*t Done by first time author, Erin Falconer, who is the editor in chief and co-owner of Pick the Brain is out of the gate better than Sheryl Sandberg of Lean In fame, in my opinion.
Firstly, the author, Erin Falconer uses coarse language, as she does in the title of her book, How to Get Sh*t Done, published by North Star Way, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. And she uses this type of language without out any remorse. Why is that a big deal to me? She’s real and it reflects how I sometimes to speak (and write). She brings a credibility to what she is writing than say the professional piety of Sheryl Sandberg. Don’t misunderstand me, I get the whole Sheryl Sandberg mantra, but Erin Falconer brings it to the everyday woman whatever age, stage, or job.
Introduction – Who am I?
Although the author and I may not have had a similar up-bringing, we shared similar hopes of conquering our paths to realizing our dreams. Erin Falconer, throughout the book, does a masterful job of relaying her experiences as though they were the reader’s own.
Best Quote and Answer!
Freud once asked, “What do women want?” (The author’s reply)
Good. Fucking. Question.
And that is how Chapter 1 starts. And that is when I knew I had to sit up straight and listen because I have asked that same question of myself a million times. “What do I want?”
It is also the reason why I believe this is a book not only for women but men too. Men, if you want to get in touch with your feminine side and maybe pick up a few tips for yourself too, read this book (and gift it to the women in your life as well).
The Power of POP
The author begins describing her method of carving out a productive life that allows for meaningful happiness and a real sense of satisfaction. She reminds us of the role of women and our innate need to make everyone happy except ourselves. She explains her three tenets of the POP Effect, Personality, Opportunity and Productivity by sharing how these principles became evident in her own life. Readers will see themselves in her experiences.
All her Pop Truths are on target. Here are some that stood out for me personally:
POP Truth: Language shapes us. Start saying NO. Stop saying, I’m sorry. (And one I have always tried my best to do) Release the crippling noose of should.
POP Truth: You Can’t Control Time, Only Priorities.
POP Truth: You’re supposed to enjoy the ride.
One of the most important Pop Truths (for me)
Less is a lot more. The importance of choosing three key goals. And my key goals that I have been trying to reach is peace and happiness in mind, body, and spirit. When I read that POP Truth, I felt this was the book I should have (damn it, there’s that word) written but didn’t. And I am so glad I didn’t even try because Erin wrote it with more clarity, intelligence and wit. She gave me more things to think about and tools to utilize in my own journey to getting shit done. She made me realize while I thought I was getting shit done, I wasn’t even close to it.
“Who you are dictates how you spend your time”
“Nothing’s going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.” ~ Zoe Kazan
Don’t skip over Chapters 1 though 6 to get to Chapter 7: How to Use Your Time Much Better Than You Are Right Now because you will not appreciate its’ content. There is much to pay attention to in chapter 7.
I give the same advice for Chapter 8 with her discussion on mentors and especially cleaning house of toxic people. She not only shares with the reader who we must have or not have in our inner circle but how to attract or dump them. (Don’t just tell me what or who but tell me how…. I like that!)
After you have read the entire book
Go back and bookmark Chapter 9: How to Create Your Own Personalized POP Plan! This chapter summarizes each chapter before it so the reader can go back to highlight, underline, and make notes to creating a personal POP Plan. I appreciate how this chapter is written and its helpful way in giving the the reader a road map to returning to those important POP Truths.
One last hoot on this book
This book will remain in my personal library. In fact, I will be gifting this book to several people I know. Even though the target audience of this book is women, I believe women of all ages and men will find value in reading it.
Genre: Self-Help, Business & Money
On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, How to Get Sh*t Done, written by Erin Falconer has earned an enthusiastic 5-Hoot Rating!
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