The Optimist At Work - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Want a better job as well as a better outlook on life? Sure you do. Here are two recently published books that may help you in your quest to become an optimist at work.

First up is The Power of Positive Choices: Adding and Subtracting Your Way to a Great Life, written by Gail McMeekin (Conari Press, $12.95). In it, McMeekin encourages readers to ask themselves a couple of questions: What things do you need to remove from your life? And what things do you need to add to your life in order to make it better?

These two questions are the foundation of the book. As McMeekin insists, you “focus on addition and subtraction” when it comes to transforming your life from negative to positive. She also suggests that readers visualize where they want to be in the future and be willing to take risks in order to reach that destination.

Also included in the 124-page book is a self-test on life fulfillment. “Are you truly happy?” is the first of eight quiz questions. However simple that may sound, there are actually complex things to learn about yourself via the answers that you provide.

Rounding out the list is Whistle While You Work: Heeding Your Life’s Calling by Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, $15.95). The title may suggest that the book will only help you cope with the daily stresses of work. But, as the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book….”

Leider and Shapiro assert that “doing what you love, not what you should” will increase your chances of “whistling while you work.” They further argue that it not only holds true at work, but also carries over to life in general. Finding a calling that keeps you happy at work will more than likely make you happy in life. “We seem to forget what we most love to do,” they write. The authors attempt to correct this problem.

If circumstances allow only one of these books to venture into you shopping cart, Whistle While You Work is the better deal. Its case studies and personal accounts contain elements of both books. As a result, you may find a reason to whistle before you finish it.

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