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on Feb. 29, 2012 :
Jerry Lopper’s 5 Keys to Balancing Work and Life is a concise and comprehensive workbook that can help a reader realize where his life is imbalanced and to visualize future improvement. The workbook is complete with non-judgmental, practical advice that works towards creating a balanced life.
The workbook uses the senses in that it helps one relax and visualize. The practical advice within includes writing lists, the organizing of ideas on paper helping to bring clarity to thoughts. Complementing this visualization is a useful illustration of a planned trip; in a planned trip, there is a clear beginning and a clear destination. Jerry Lopper uses such exercises and others to help readers set goals and realize what a balanced life means.
Moreover, the workbook outlines the “foundations of life” in five easy concepts, then devotes a chapter to fully examining each concept. The book connects all five concepts to each other to show how they must work together to create overall balance.
5 Keys to Balancing Work and Life is encouraging in that it emphasizes that it is not what you do, but who you are that counts. It is also written in a generally uplifting tone that allows readers to relax as they work through the book.
Throughout the book, Jerry Lopper makes use of trusted practical reference material that supports the concepts and exercises presented therein. Readers can trust 5 Keys to Balancing Work and Life to help them set goals, understand what balance is, and improve.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 12, 2011 :
Jerry Lopper’s 5 keys to Balancing Work and Life is a valuable reference work for anyone finding their life to be either disordered or lacking in direction. For those of us who are dissatisfied with our lives, who perhaps feel a sense of aimlessness and drift, Lopper’s book will help us attain structure, contentment and a sense of purpose.
The operative word, though, is “help.” As Lopper himself makes clear, improvement comes from reading the book and then doing the work, not from the reading alone. For those that are willing to work – for example by investing time in meditation, and in the business of quietly thinking – the book’s tools seem to offer a genuine way forward.
The five tools are Purpose, Passion, Powers, Principles and Perspectives. It’s from these cornerstones that the reader is taken on a prescribed journey towards self-improvement. “Know thyself” is a piece of advice common to the teachings of many philosophers since time immemorial, and it’s one that Lopper enlarges upon by showing a pathway towards self-awareness and the consequent self improvement that can result.
It’s a great guide towards life improvement for anyone willing to absorb the lessons and do the work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)