Review: Filling the Glass

Written by Reviewed by Philip Abelard

Reviewed By Philip Abelard

Fillingrepparttar Glass: The Skeptic's Guide to Positive Thinking in Business by Barry Maher (Dearborn Trade Publishing, $19.95)

Rating: $$$$$

Businesses often seem more concerned withrepparttar 124043 spin than withrepparttar 124044 reality, more concerned with what people think aboutrepparttar 124045 product thanrepparttar 124046 product itself. Employees are constantly being told to be positive. "Negative attitude" on an evaluation can kill a career. Positive thinking shaman crisscrossrepparttar 124047 country, delivering keynotes and writing books. With cosmetically perfect smiles and televangelist hair, they explain that everything is, after all, wonderful. Let's all think happy thoughts. Andrepparttar 124048 glass is-as we all know--half full not half empty. Readingrepparttar 124049 cover of Barry Maher's new book, Fillingrepparttar 124050 Glass: The Skeptic's Guide to Positive Thinking in Business, you might expect more ofrepparttar 124051 same. Maher is, after all, a prominent keynote speaker. Andrepparttar 124052 cover blurbs are too good: "inspiring," "uplifting," "packed with useful practical advice," "enlightening," "entertaining," even "laugh out loud funny." Once you beginrepparttar 124053 book however, you'll suspect that Maher's teeth are less than perfect. He openly admits his hair is much too thin for televangelism. He says things like "With allrepparttar 124054 money we spend on self improvement in this country, you'd think we'd all be darn close to perfect by now." And, "If you're absolutely, 100 percent positive, withoutrepparttar 124055 slightest trace of a doubt that you can do something, get a second opinion." Fillingrepparttar 124056 Glass is a business self-help book with an edge: Chicken Soup forrepparttar 124057 Skeptical Soul. It's a book forrepparttar 124058 rest of us-for those who understandrepparttar 124059 benefits of a positive attitude but deep down inside don't really believe that chanting affirmations will make our dreams come true. It's a book for those who suspect that whenrepparttar 124060 boss enthuses, "Jack has a positive attitude," he really means, "Jack kisses allrepparttar 124061 right posteriors and doesn't gripe about my stupidity." Barry Maher doesn't seem at all concerned about who moved his cheese. He distrusts self-help books and business gurus. And when he holds them up to question, he holds himself up as well. Readers who loved Leadership Secrets of Attilarepparttar 124062 Hun, Maher writes, will find that Maher is "every bit as much an expert on seat-of-the-pants psychology as Attila was on rape, pillage and--I guess--twentieth century management technique." To Maher, whether you callrepparttar 124063 glass half empty or half full, it's still only four ounces of water. The problem isn't whether it's half full or half empty,repparttar 124064 problem is figuring out how to fill it up. Reality counts. To grow or change or improve a business, to motivate people forrepparttar 124065 long haul, you have to begin by dealing with that reality-rather than what you,repparttar 124066 company,repparttar 124067 CEO orrepparttar 124068 stockholders might wish were true. Allrepparttar 124069 innovative--and even counter-intuitive--strategies, tactics and tips that Maher offers for improving businesses, business lives, and careers spring from that deceptively simple premise.

The Secret to a Happy Life

Written by Marsha Jordan

There seems to be an epidemic these days of depression. Everyone I talk to, it is experiencing some degree of depression. As I wonder aboutrepparttar cause of this twenty-first century phenomenon, I think of my great grandmother who raised my dad inrepparttar 124042 back woods ofrepparttar 124043 Upper Peninsula of Michigan duringrepparttar 124044 Great Depression.

She had a hard life raising twelve children and two grandchildren, seeing two die as toddlers as well as two as adults with cancer. She supported her sick husband who was twenty-two years older than she was. She struggled throughrepparttar 124045 great depression, yet (according to those who knew her best) she was never depressed a day in her life! Why? Maybe because she was too busy just surviving to stop and think about feeling sad.

She came to this country from Holland as a child. She married atrepparttar 124046 age of 13. Her parents went back to Holland without telling their children. She fed her family by raising animals and a large garden, in addition to taking in boarders and caring forrepparttar 124047 elderly and sick. She sold her homebaked goods and ranrepparttar 124048 local post office. She entertained traveling preachers and live-in teachers. She cooked on a woodstove in a house that was so coldrepparttar 124049 water inrepparttar 124050 tea kettle would freeze duringrepparttar 124051 night if she didn't get up and stokerepparttar 124052 fire. She could seerepparttar 124053 snow outside throughrepparttar 124054 cracks inrepparttar 124055 walls. She had no phone, no electricity, no running water, no shower, bathtub or indoor toilet! There was no television to watch as she relaxed inrepparttar 124056 evenings. In fact, she didn't relax inrepparttar 124057 evenings. That's when she sewedrepparttar 124058 family's clothes. To listen torepparttar 124059 radio, her family had to walk half a mile torepparttar 124060 nearest neighbor's house. She was up before anyone else inrepparttar 124061 morning and she wasrepparttar 124062 last to go to bed at night.

Her children wererepparttar 124063 only ones in school who had real meat to eat and didn't have to take lard sandwiches in their lunches. Her kids had shoes to wear whenrepparttar 124064 neighbors didn't, but they put cardboard inside those shoes to coverrepparttar 124065 holes inrepparttar 124066 soles. Though they lived in a tar paper shack, they were better off than most ofrepparttar 124067 folks they knew. When beggars came to grandma's door, she would always give them a meal and a dime, though a dime was a lot of money in those days. She and her children rarely took baths. To do so, they had to pumprepparttar 124068 water fromrepparttar 124069 well, heat it onrepparttar 124070 stove, and fillrepparttar 124071 metal tub inrepparttar 124072 kitchen byrepparttar 124073 fire. They never went to a doctor when they got sick. They couldn't afford such a luxury. And in those days, there was not a whole lot that doctors could do for them anyway. (Modern medicine has come a long way inrepparttar 124074 last 70 years). This may sound like a story from Laura Ingalls Wilder books aboutrepparttar 124075 1800's, but I'm talking aboutrepparttar 124076 1930's!

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