- Capa comum: 336 páginas
- Editora: Experiment; Edição: Updated (8 de outubro de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1615190929
- ISBN-13: 978-1615190928
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 2,2 x 21 cm
- Peso de envio: 272 g
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The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life a Creative and Practical Guide (Inglês) Capa Comum – 7 out 2013
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Margaret Lobenstine founded Alternative Approaches, a career and life-coaching business, fifteen years ago and has worked with more than five thousand clients. A Renaissance Soul herself, she has created three successful—but entirely different—businesses. She lives with her husband in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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In the first half of the book, Lobenstine explores the concept of the renaissance soul and the struggles many of them face in both their professional and personal lives. She dives right into several activities for "thriving on many interests without feeling scattered", including her Five From Fifty exercise (p. 69), a Many Circles activity (p. 72), and the important Mine/Theirs lesson (p. 81). This culminates in creating a focal point sampler, a curated selection of passion projects to keep you enthusiastic without being overwhelmed.
In the second half, Lobenstine discusses career design, life design, and answering the infamous "what do you do?" question. She has the reader put their focal points through the PRISM test to judge sensibility and achievability. She also explains that "your identity must live in the Focal Points circle", you should "answer any ritual questions regarding what you 'do' in terms of one or more of your Focal Points, not your J-O-B" (p. 114), and you should avoid apologetic or defensives phrases surrounding your career status. So if you're working as a cashier at a grocery store but spend all your free time training for a cross-country bike tour, your identity should be with your bike tour aspirations. Lobenstine also notes that "for Renaissance Souls, the intersection of passion and income is frequently in flux" (p. 95). She explains that it's okay not to thrive in the corporate, cubicle world that we're generally pushed to desire, and you can build a different life for yourself outside of that realm. But if it doesn't steal too much of your creative energy, it's also okay to allow a job in the corporate, cubicle world to pay your bills and provide for your passions.
Lobenstine is very clear about leaving work that you don't enjoy (paid or unpaid) out of your focal point sampler. This would include things like the job you keep to pay the bills, pesky household chores, caring for elderly relatives, or "the daily must-dos of parenting" (p. 95). For the purposes of the exercises in this book, this approach is effective and essential. For the purposes of actually living your life, however, The Renaissance Soul was a bit lacking in how to combine focal point activities with the responsibilities of being an adult and/or a parent. There weren't enough resources for parents who need to balance their need for individual fulfillment with the responsibilities that accompany the choice of parenthood (and how to determine which is which). You shouldn't risk your entire livelihood on a passion project when you're accountable for tiny human beings who need to be fed, housed, clothed, educated, and nurtured into valuable members of society. Nonetheless, Lobenstine's techniques for blocking out time were a good place to start, as was her advice to "recognize that during this particular stage of your life, family is your umbrella passion” (p. 235).
The magic of The Renaissance Soul comes down to honestly assessing your values and priorities and then creating time in your life to embrace them. Readers of this book would be well-served to combine its teachings with minimalist life design techniques in an effort to create physical and mental space for their passions. The key to success as a renaissance soul is flipping a switch on how you think about priorities and responsibilities, and there's no doubt this book is a great start in that direction.
All page number references are to the blue paperback updated edition (2013) printing.