‘This book is recommended to anyone who has a desire to implement change in their field of work’
Title: Find Your Thing
Author: Lucy Whittington
Publisher: Wiley Press
Reviewer: Anne Duell, registered general nurse, Birmingham Community NHS Trust
What was it like?
Whittington takes her reader on a journey, which begins with a challenge; that is whether we want to continue doing what we are good at or develop into what we are ”brilliant” at? This journey enables us to diferenciate from what is easy and what frustrates us. From a nursing background this books may appear irrelevant however this is far from being true. We are encouraged to rediscover our passions and frustrations and when we ”know” what makes us smile we can look at how we can develop and present this to others, how we can showcase our talent and skill. Analytical skills are presented to show us how we not only present/sell our idea but then how to follow this up with small steps to put it into practice. Whittington also shows about the right to be named and own the idea to ensure we continue to own and be recognised for our thing.
What were the highlights?
Surprisingly there were numerous highlights in this book. They did not come in long chapters or sentences but little prompts or annecdotes. These included the need for a good mentor and/or life coach; how to distinguish what is not our thing so enable focusing on what is; that passion comes from annoyance and many others to be enjoyed as you work through this book.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strength of this book comes in its structure, it is simple to read, with exercises that are easy to embrace and can show positive outcomes and work well to signpost the next stage in the process. There is no weakness to the book, however by the end of it the phrase ”find your thing” is well embeded in the thought process and one has either to embrace it or box it as otherwise it may drive you to frustration!
Who should read it?
This book is recommended to anyone who has a desire to implement change in their field of work, whether that is through developing themselves in the role of a mentor, moving into teaching/education or wanting to develop a mechanism for improving practice in their own clinical area or the wider health care sector.
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