Who do you know that is fucking awesome? What makes them that way? Do you crave to be the best you can possibly be, but feel like that is something “others do”? Do you think you need to work harder, to hustle and to sacrifice for a fucking awesome life?

You may think “How to be F*cking Awesome” is all about productivity: it is much more than that.

I read ” How to be F**king Awesome” in about two days; scratch that. I CONSUMED the book in 48 hours (the kids may have needed to fend for themselves that weekend!). It was such an interesting to read; I felt like I was sat having a conversation with the author. Put it simply, Dan Meredith is a male version of me; “How to be Fucking Awesome” is the book I really wish I had written (even with the effing and jeffing). I spent most of my time during mammoth reading session nodding along in agreement. He shared personal journey; he is unapologetically him which has led to a refreshing personal development book.

how to be fucking awesome coverThe main thread of this book really resonated with me as a work-life balance coach. People are often looking for the ONE thing that will give us ALL the answers. What we have in this book is Dan sharing how he lives his life and has become HIS version of awesome. Some of this is from trial and error; he has made mistakes for us readers to learn from. For other elements, is simply how he views the world.

This is a book I recommend you get your hands on immediately; it will find a place in your books shelf and will be one you lend out to friends and family. However, if you choose not to read it (firstly, shame on you!) these are the four questions it will answer.

How will you know when you are awesome?
For Dan, his drive to become awesome was to support his family; to give his sister and their parent’s financial stability. Before you move forward working out HOW to be awesome, make sure you are clear on what it means to you. What you do, why you do it and how you know you have reached it. Remember, it is YOUR definition of awesome; not others. It may be about where you live, or how you spend your time. Either way, don’t get caught up in other people’s expectations.

What is the key part of being awesome?
So many other books equate productivity with work; working harder; hustling (the internet’s new favourite word) Being awesome is all about thinking and working smart.
Dan shares the way he schedules and managed his time and I have been following these techniques ever since. From “downloading” on a Sunday night to theming my work days, I have found I am getting much more done; I have more thinking time and am every stricter with my work life balance. It is about choosing the things that make the biggest difference to my life and doing them regularly; by limiting my day to Dan’s magic “ 3 to 5 things” I am ironically getting more done! Try it out and see!

Where can you be awesome?
It is really easy to get so focused on what you are doing that is can take over your day. The side effect is being drained of energy which then impacts your work-life balance. Dan’s number one tip is to force yourself to stay focused over a set period of time. How he does this is very unique.
When he knows he has a bulk of work that needs to be done, he books a train journey where the destination is approximately two hours away. The most important thing – make sure the seat has a table. He works solidly for those two hours, then gets off, eats a leisurely lunch and maybe has a walk around, until he returns on the train. Another 2 hours solid. In the space of the day, that is four hours work plus a mini get-away; with the deadline of getting off the train, his attention is focused.
He sets the challenge for this innovative way of being awesome; have a think of where you would like to visit. This spurt of business time then personal time is a great way of crafting AWESOME work-life balance.

When do you want to be awesome?
Being and remaining awesome is a process; it goes without saying you may not feel awesome every day. However, Dan uncovers an important point. Far too many people become overly emotionally attached to outcomes of things. He uses the example of pitching for business; many times people get a “No”, a “ Not Yet”, or even a “never a million years”. You may then feel less than awesome as you were bound to the positive outcome. Getting a “Yes” would mean you are fucking awesome, right?
Wrong. Whenever you get a no, use it as a time to adjust and reflect. Try to get more involved in the awesome process and so you can be aware of why you got the outcome and how you can increase your awesome quota for next time.

You may be reading this review wondering if this book is for you. Very simply, it is for anyone that wants to become awesome in their field. So that could be Career, Business, Hobbies or Personal Development. This book with show you how you can identify your version of fucking awesome, how to see when it happens and finally, take action.

Each of the chapters in the book open with an inspiring quote and I want to leave you with one that encompasses this book and why I do what I do every day with The Balance Collective.

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it improves the life of all of those around you” Robin S. Sharma”

Join my group The Balance Collective with Clara Wilcox, and tell me how you are going to be F***ing Awesome!

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