“What I care most about is variety. Give me that, and I can do almost any job.” – Scanner 1
“For me, the right career doesn’t exist. It would have to satisfy my creative part, be challenging, and be sometimes solitary, sometimes social.” – Scanner 2
The above quotations are taken from Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher. As one of my favorite books of all time, reading this book was like the author had been a fly on the wall of my life!
Are you the type of person (like I am), who is fascinated with so many things that you have a hard time narrowing down what to do, and when? Are you the kind of person who feels overwhelmed with just the thought of trying to figure out how you will possibly accomplish all that you desire?
Well, I am here to tell you there is a way, and Barbara Sher, an expert life coach an authority on goal achievement, has got the answer for you! As a matter of fact, she has a term for you: you are a SCANNER, a person who is genetically wired to be interested in many things. In Sher’s words:
“Unlike those people who seem to find and be satisfied with that one area of interest, you’re genetically wired to be interested in many things, and that is exactly what you’re trying to do [many things]! Because your behavior is unfamiliar – even unsettling to the people around you – you’ve been taught that you are doing something wrong and that your behavior must change. But what you have been told is a mistake – you have been misdiagnosed. You are a different creature altogether …You are the owner of a remarkable, multitalented brain trying to do its work in a world that does not understand who you are and doesn’t know why you behave as you do.” – Barbara Sher
Whew! What a relief when I read this! I realized that I was not abnormal, but the way I need to function best is to partake in everything that interests me. I am not alone and neither are you.
Barbara Sher, in her brilliant book Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, thoroughly illustrates how we are able to partake in everything we want to do. In part one of her book, she examines who scanners are and why we are so hard on ourselves. Part two explains the different types of scanners and how to be the right type of scanner. The book is full of examples of how to accomplish all of your goals without feeling overwhelmed.
I recommend Refuse to Choose to anyone who thinks they might be a Scanner-a person who can’t help themselves from having so many interests and wants to do it all. This book will teach you how to live a great life doing all that you want. It will show you how to begin, how to continue partaking in whatever excites you, and how to use your curiosity to achieve every goal. It truly is a must-read!
A bit about the author, Barbara Sher:
Barbara Sher is a speaker, career/lifestyle coach, and best-selling author of seven books on goal achievement. Her books have sold millions of copies and been translated into many languages.
To read more about Barbara, her life, and her accomplishments, visit her website, barbarasher.com. To purchase a copy of Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, visit Amazon.com.
“To Scanners, the world is like a big candy store full of fascinating opportunities, and all they want is to reach out and stuff their pockets.” -Barbara Sher
Where’s the candy store!?!?!?!?!?!?