[Following is a volunteer review of "From Drift to SHIFT" by Jody B. Miller.] 4 out of 4 starsReview by Sandra Rodrigues Share This Review This is a review about the book From Drift to Shift, How Change Can Bring True Meaning and Happiness to Your Work and Life written by Jody B. Miller, a corporate executive, life coach and author of the books Hired! Expert Advice from a Leading Wall Street Recruiter and Hired in 2017: Let’s Make Your Job Great Again! The Work Happiness Expert. This is a non-fiction book designed to give advice and inspiration to people who want to make a change in their lives or careers. This book is divided in eight chapters. Each chapter tells a story about people who, under the force of terrible life circumstances, managed to turn their lives around, succeed and help others do the same. These are stories about childhood abandonment, surviving multiple cancer, losing one’s home and way of life, making a drastic career change, surviving a horrible accident, living with and thriving despite severe disability and prolonged illness. Each chapter in the book ends with a takeaway message for readers to apply in their own life "Adventure outside of your comfort zone", "Reach out and surround yourself with supportive people", "The core of life is joy. Seek joy." In the end, the message from this book is that we all have the need to feel worthy, loved, happy. When these internal needs are not met, we suffer. The suffering triggered by internal or external factors is the motor behind every shift in life. If we embrace shift and persist through the difficult times we will end up being happier, more fulfilled human beings. This book also highlights the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships in work and life as this is the most decisive factor to reach happiness and wellbeing.
The stories are very well written, very captivating and they really make you reflect about life and help you put your own struggles into perspective. I read a lot about psychology and self-help and, therefore, I can say that the psychological principles cited and the message of the book are in accordance with most of the psychological literature. There was nothing new or surprising to me regarding those aspects. Still, the book was totally worth reading because of its rich life stories. Andy’s story was particularly astonishing. It’s one of the most amazing life stories about survival and courage I’ve ever heard. The mistakes in this book are almost non-existent. I only spotted a mistake in page 87 in "dangling unconscious from him parachute". The formatting of this book was well done with a flowing narration and interesting stories that made it easy to read. I cannot deny the author the highest rating of 4 out of 4 stars for this book. I have no reason to rate it lower. This is a very touching inspirational book that is meant to pass a message to the readers to help them in their lives and careers. I recommend this book to all adults who love good books and good stories. I particularly recommend it to people interested in psychology and personal development and to people who are going through hard times in life.