Book Review of ‘Drift to SHIFT’

In the self-help book From Drift to SHIFT: How Change Can Bring True Meaning and Happiness to Your Work and Life, author Jody B. Miller begins by asking the reader a lot of questions. “Why do we stay in professional and personal situations that we loathe?” or “Why are you in your current job and not in the career of your dreams?” These are the sort of questions people might ponder from time to time, but without much direction or resolution. This book offers guidance on how to find the answers to those questions with the hope of changing readers’ lives.

In typical genre fashion, the author illustrates the salient points of her “SHIFT” plan with stories, either personal experience or experiences of someone she knows. However, these are not your typical scratch-the-surface examples. Each chapter is rich in detail and reads more like a novel than a case study.

The book concludes with several posts from Miller’s blog. My favorite was “Meet Someone New Every Day: A 6-Day Experiment”. As a self-described curious person, Miller sets out to meet someone new every day for six days to “listen and learn”. All of the people she struck up conversations with responded in a friendly manner even though sometimes she puts her foot in her mouth. It does sound like a fun project, although definitely easier for natural extroverts to take on. Her final “Takeaway” from the six days is, “Happiness is about connecting with others.” That simple maxim truly is at the core of what human beings need.” – Lisa L.

Book Review of “From Drift to SHIFT”

“It isn’t easy to find quality among the countless choices of self-help titles available today, each promising us the ultimate formula to attain happiness and success. So, From Drift to SHIFT by Jody B. Miller was a welcome surprise. The book is an inspiring compilation of true stories meant to help readers find balance and joy. The author narrates the experiences of seasoned men and women who have undergone major shifts in order to overcome obstacles and find their true identities. Throughout the book, Miller explores why and how, as well as when, one can handle these shifts. She also discusses what to expect after the shift happens.” – M-17

“The perspective of Miller’s writing is helpful and motivational. Interviews with her sources are fascinating and full of ideas. Each unique story taught us to find our zeal in life. Miller’s constant reminder about embracing positive change, risk-taking abilities, drive for achievement stood out the most. Her ability to constantly challenge and question the reader was an exquisite characteristic: her words make you think. Genuinely, I preferred the Takeaways from each section: they were short and to the point.” – S. Nimandra

The 4-Step Process To Know If Your Employees Are Happy…Or Not

The 4-Step Process To Know If Your Employees Are Happy…Or Not

And how to help your multi-generational workforce to finally get along

This is an article I wrote for Thrive Global. Which generation do you identify with?

From the movie Moneyball.

 

Book Reviews of Bestseller – ‘From Drift to SHIFT’

I thoroughly enjoyed “From Drift to SHIFT” because I am somewhat of a self-help book junkie and its value to me was inestimable. I went from being coached to coaching myself. The timing of the book was serendipitous because I had been drifting for years and only recently experienced a major shift in my life. Had I read Jody B. Miller’s book sooner, I might well have had a different story to tell. However, there is something to be said about the right timing, the entire process of becoming, and the advent of hope. It had a much greater impact on me than scores of other inspirational based texts. – latosek93

I must say I was truly inspired by the book because it made me want to push my limits and find ways to bring change in my life. It is a great read for anyone who is seeking individual change in their everyday life to achieve a fulfillment. The book motivates the reader that nothing is impossible and it is never too late to go for what you want. That helping people is a superb way of finding happiness while you still get to make a living out of it. I particularly liked the end of the chapters ‘takeaways’ that captured the main lessons to drive the point home.  – Grace A.

Even if you are one of those that don’t need to make a shift, this book will still be an interesting read and may bring up ideas and strategies you haven’t ever thought of. – Cate V.

After reading this book I could not help but believe that it came to me at the right time. I particularly loved the essence of the book as a whole in serving as a source of hope to many who seem to be drifting in their work or family life. This book has the power to revive, quicken, and reinforce a broken mind and spirit, therefore, I would recommend it to anyone seeking a little hope to keep up in trying times. – Crane B.


Interview With Ph.D. and UC Berkeley Science Director of The Greater Good Science Center

Have you ever wondered if there were actual science and research that support happiness at work?

You don’t have to wonder anymore.

In this interview with Ph.D., Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, you will have many of your questions answered as to why we feel how we feel. What motivates us and how the brain can be our best friend or worst enemy.

Join me in this eye-opening and inspiring interview that provides you with specific actions and strategies that you can implement as soon as today.

www.misogiradio.com (scroll down to Emiliana’s interview).

The Value of Stories

I love stories. When I speak to large audiences, such as in my TEDx talk or at a global conference, I usually start with a story. Why? Because stories connect us. Revealing a bit about who we really are and relating it to those listening (or reading) can create an instant connection.

There are many kinds of stories that fit in categories too numerous to list.

Some people like stories about puzzles. Stories that you have to fit together and figure out, guessing the whole way as to who did it or how it will end.

Other people like love stories. Maybe because they are looking for love, want to validate the love they already have or simply live in love for a while.

Stories about other worlds can be equally engaging. Worlds of wizards, other planets, civilizations…all can be exciting, thought provoking and fun.

Sometimes I read stories written long ago. One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. I just read ‘The Great Divorce,” which dealt with purgatory, Heaven and living a full life (or why we sometimes don’t).

Because the theme of my work is encouraging people and companies to step outside the outer limits of their comfort zone in order to find happiness, meaning and success (which is quantifiable), I tend to love stories about underdogs, people that beat the odds and those that overcome challenges to come out happier on the other end. They always end up giving back to society in some way and this makes me feel warm inside.

Stories like David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, make us love ‘aha’ moments. New ways of looking at familiar situations and considering possibilities.

When I write, I like to look for the tidbits of connection in every story. The things that inspire us to move forward in our lives, and to live a life of happiness.

I write books and articles for many publications, and was looking through the stories I have written for Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s post Huff Post platform. It’s all about what I focus on and I am happy to be a contributor. See if any resonate with you.

Here’s to your happiness today and every day!

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” –J.K. Rowling