January 8, 2013

Tweak It by Cali Williams Yost

For dreamers who are ready to do, I recommend Tweak It by Cali Yost.

Here’s my blurb for the book:

Tweak It, by Cali Williams Yost, the leading authority on managing work and life, just went to the top of my recommended reading list for people who are ready to get their dreams done.  Having made my own list of tweaks, I am already going more confidently in the direction of my dreams.  I am certain you will too.  When you ‘tweak it’, dreams won’t be somewhere over the rainbow, you’ll find they are right under your feet.

I then wrote the following in a private e-mail to Cali:

Such a practical book Cali, including helps around getting my sophomore son ready for college.  But I think your biggest success is that when you first mentioned work/life balance to me a few years ago, I thought bah humbug.  I am now a believer in life + work fit.  The tweaks you recommend aren’t about working ‘getting out of work’, but about helping me fulfill my dream of being both successful in my career and as a parent.  

As a consequence of reading Tweak It, I’ve implemented the following tweaks that will move me closer to my dream of a happy family:

1)  Family dinner 3x a week
2)  15 minutes of relationship time/day with each of my children, as in time that isn’t about my telling them to do something against which they can rebel — time just to be with them.
3)  Continue to write in Just Family 1x/week

Said Thomas Moore, “Learn to live small and you will discover great pleasures.  You will accomplish more in your life than you could ever predict if you were overly ambitious.”  Once you’ve dreamed, and are ready to make resolutions, the best kinds of resolutions start with doing what we can do, or making tweaks.

What would you like to tweak?

  • http://mothlit.wordpress.com mothlit

    Think I would tweak 70-hour work weeks. Surely there’s something more reasonable for 52K a year that honors our families and passions.

  • http://www.jegaleria.com Leslie Thomas J. Taylor

    “Dare, Dream, Do belongs in every success toolkit. Business leader and master storyteller, Whitney Johnson shows how remarkable things happen when we dare to claim our strengths, own our dreams, and do what we’re meant to do. A fabulous guide for business and for life.”
    I also believe in a fairy tale. The children should be given this belief, and happy. the world is not only bad things are … as the media serving. This will be the joy of many small miracle. Once you get there just where you prepare for the road …. but it is important! Love, Leslie J. Thomas Taylor artist

  • http://www.psbty.com Caroline Dahllof

    If I remember correctly Randy Komisar in his book The Monk and the Riddle said something similar to your life/work fit. that life and work need to coexist and that balance implies compromise.

    For me it is the energy that you put in not the time that matters and I do believe we all can have great careers and great families.

  • http://www.momcorps.com Allison O’Kelly

    This is a very inspirational piece, Whitney. It is encouraging to see entrepreneurs read about work-life alignment and then put the concept into practice. While each and every professional has a work-life alignment that is unique to them, your shared ideas are helpful for individuals seeking a little motivation and a place to start. My favorite is #1: Family dinner 3x a week. It is so easy to skip the dinner table and stick your kids in front of the TV to eat while you wrap up emails. However, family dinner at the dinner table is a healthy and unifying experience for all and a great way to nurturing relationships. -Allison O’Kelly, founder/CEO Mom Corps

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