Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams

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Don't know what to do with your life? Drawn to so many things that you can't choose just one? New York Times best-selling author Barbara Sher has the answer–do EVERYTHING!

With her popular career counseling sessions, motivational speeches, workshops, and television specials, Barbara Sher has become famous for her extraordinary ability to help people define and achieve their goals. What Sher has discovered is that some individuals simply cannot, and should not, decide on a single path; they are genetically wired to pursue many areas. Sher calls them "Scanners"–people whose unique type of mind does not zero in on a single interest but rather scans the horizon, eager to explore everything they see.

In this groundbreaking book, readers will learn:

• what's behind their "hit and run" obsessions

• when (and how) to finish what they start

• how to do everything they love

• what type of Scanner they are (and which tools they need to do their very best work)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594866260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594866265
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Customer Reviews

What a relief

5 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2014
By Gloria R.
It nice to know that I am no longer alone or weird or flaky and everything else I have been called because I start so many businesses. If you haven’t already become comfortable with so many starts in your life then you should read this book. It gives great instruction and empathy for your zone of genius.

Of great importance to would be Da Vincis

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 9, 2012
By Scott Scales
While I would not recommend this book to most (that is, I wouldn’t dive in without being sure I was, or cared for, a member of the target audience), it has proven endlessly useful for a Scanner who does well to track down other Scanners. For me, the stories that Barbara Sher shares strike more than a strong chord, and she does well to put to words the more unsettling and inspiring points of Scanner life.

Barbara Sher is Always a Hit!

13 people found this helpful.
 on July 4, 2006
By Bookgal
Once again, Ms. Sher has written an extremely insightful, helpful, and inspiring book. I’ve been a fan of hers since I read “Wishcraft” years ago and applied her suggestions to reaching my then-goal of selling my business.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough

One person found this helpful.
 on October 19, 2014
By WanderingTree
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! If you are a scanner you will LOVE it! Even if you aren’t you probably know one or have a child who is one and I think it will help you have a greater understanding. If you are, then you will love the validation and the ideas. I’m so happy to have found this book!

Good read.

One person found this helpful.
 on January 20, 2014
By Isho Tea
This book almost had me feeling sane. Having lived with a “short attention span” for my entire life, it is a refreshing perspective that it could actually be my genius showing. Ha! The author’s theory did help give my own self esteem a boost, though, and about the time I accepted this about myself, I found something that I love enough to still be happy doing it a year later. This is kind of a big deal for us “scanners”. So, whatever its worth, there is something to be said for this “program” and new label. Well written, with authority. Recommended.

I recommend it to everyone and have bought multiple copies so …

 on January 7, 2018
By Melissa L. Love
Really anyone who has issues fitting in with today’s society should work through this book. I recommend it to everyone and have bought multiple copies so I can hand them out.

Very Uplifting! Makes you feel like you’re not crazy.

One person found this helpful.
 on January 9, 2014
By Amazon Customer
This book actually made me cry when I read the first chapter because for the longest time, I thought something was wrong with me. I could never concentrate on only one subject. I was already reading about everything at one time and not becoming fully engaged in only one career. After I read the first chapter, I broke down in tears because I just found out that I’m not crazy or stupid. I have a unique gift of being a scanner. Love this book. A must read for people who are interested in all types of knowledge.

Great book for people like me

 on September 16, 2017
By Donna
I have read various chapters and reread them. It has so much useful information that one read isn’t enough. Thanks, Barbara, for giving a common ground to those of us who don’t fit the traditional modes of thinking.

Barbara gets me!

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 30, 2013
By Douglas A Holman
Even though I had a 25 year career in one field, I had many jobs during that time, and loved many of them…until there was nothing more I could learn or improve upon in that place. At the same time, I did alot of art and sang in public and taught small children, while learning how to cook everything and grow anything! Now that I’m at home, the sheer freedom to choose has driven me insane. This book is helping me to make sense of it all.

Permission to be excited by the possibilities

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 13, 2007
By Anne S. Headley
Along with most reviewers, I’ve been a Barbara Sher fan for years. As a person with changing interests as well as a career counselor, I know the difficulties people face who change jobs, careers, or passions. It looks like the rest of the world picks a direction, gets in line, and marches in step. Not so for the rest of us. Sher’s strength is her ability to listen and reflect on the angst that we have felt. She encourages us to be who we are, yet take the steps we need to actually accomplish something. Maybe I’ll dig out that three-fourths completed manuscript and (gulp) pick a deadline.

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