One snowy afternoon in February, I ventured into my local bookstore looking to get lost and this book was on the table near the front door. Now I don’t normally choose books without doing a little research first (especially personal development books), but I’m glad that I made an exception for this one.In the weeks leading up to this, I had been working on figuring out my core desired feelings (based on Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map) and authenticity was one of the feelings that I’d identified in this process. That is why the title of this book caught my eye in the bookstore on that snowy afternoon.
Truth be told, authenticity has always been a staple of mine so I knew that I needed to read this book. Having just finished Gretchen Rubin’s book “Better than Before”, I felt that I had gained much insight into who I am and how I function, but this book simply deepened that awareness.
The book is divided into five sections : introversion versus extraversion, natural time versus artificial time, the sleep you need versus the sleep you get, the values you espouse versus the values you live and living your passions versus following other paths.
Each section is divided into many short chapters which makes this book easy to read regardless of the topics at hand. The author includes many relatable examples for every concept and some simple exercises to engage you in the process.
Every section was eye-opening and intriguing. I found myself discussing these topics with friends, family and colleagues in order to pursue the author’s questioning and my own. In my opinion, a book that makes you stop, think, and discuss is a good book.
Dr. Posen succeeds in making us reflect on our daily habits, our routine, and our overall lifestyle in order to see if there would be a way for us to feel better and to be more aligned with our true calling. This topic in general has been a passion of mine for the past few years (you know I’ve been looking for my purpose!), but he magically simplifies this life quest in a very basic way.
“As life has gotten faster, fragmented, and frenetic, a lot of folks have become disconnected from who they really are. They’re like round pegs trying to squeeze into square holes. Much of the anxiety and depression that people suffer is a result of this conflict of trying to be what they’re not designed or inclined to be. They’re living lives that feel inauthentic.” (p. 2-3)
So if you’re feeling like a round peg trying to squeeze into a square hole, I highly recommend this book to start your journey into discovering who you really are and who you are truly meant to be.
PS : Do you have any book recommendations in this same topic? Any other personal development books that you would recommend? I’m listening!