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Fast Lane, Wrong Direction by Renessa Boley Layne
An incredibly important read, author Renessa Boley Layne’s book Fast Lane, Wrong Direction: Insider Secrets to Redesign Your Success and Reclaim the Passion, Purpose, and Balance You Lost Along the Way can really help you work through your feelings of unfulfillment and find the courage to redesign your life to be happier. The book asks the reader to do a lot of self-reflection while reading. To really consider why you made your choices, what your motivations are, and perhaps most importantly, what it is you really want to be doing. Layne has used her life experience to not only write this book was it also a speaker, consultant, and has her own business called Perfect Work Academy. I found the book as a whole to be a very enjoyable read, not the words I usually use to describe self-help books, but this book was very unique. Rather than just giving or creating examples to illustrate the points of the book, Layne tells a story. The book follows Layne’s career and pinpoints areas, thoughts, moments, that are relevant to the concept of the book. Layne also used some examples and quotes from friends with similar experiences of struggle. Layne uses her experience to provide clear and relatable advice about how to look at your career. You can tell when reading this book that it was written for the reader with how engaged it encourages you to be, the directness of the writing, and that you can tell through Layne’s tone and words that she has an earnest desire to share her knowledge and help others. This is definitely a book that I would highly recommend reading because it can truly help you reflect on your work life and how you balance that with the rest of your life.
- Gina Sartirana
This book, Fast Lane, Wrong Direction: Insider Secrets to Redesign Your Success and Reclaim the Passion, Purpose, and Balance You Lost Along the Way, is a book meant to help you reflect on where you are and how you got there. Author Renessa Boley Layne uses her own personal career experience to connect with her readers and show them just how important balance and happiness are to success. We all hit points of doubt in our careers where we are unsure if we should take the safer path or not. Layne asks that you look into yourself and see if you are feeling unfulfilled or unsatisfied. I really connected to the simple but important points that Layne was making about the mentality many of us have around our careers. Things like ‘no pain, no gain’ or success being getting the career we were striving for. Layne points out that these mentalities are missing important pieces that include things like not burning out, enjoying the work we are doing, and being happy. I found the chapter on Fraud Syndrome to be especially relevant for me. That is something I thought was very successful in this book. The whole concept of the book can apply to a broad range of people, and the individual chapters are going to be more relevant to different people. I am very glad I read the whole thing, and now I have it as a resource to go back to the chapters that reflect the issues I face with work and balance. I really liked that this book was written in a fairly casual conversational tone. Layne uses a lot of personal stories and the stories of others as examples of each of her points, which makes them feel real vs. reading about advice in a more abstract manner.
- Emerson Rose Craig
Written by author Renessa Boley Layne, the founder of Perfect Work Academy, Fast Lane, Wrong Direction: Insider Secrets to Redesign Your Success and Reclaim the Passion, Purpose, and Balance You Lost Along the Way was written to help those that are feeling stuck, burnt out, unsatisfied, or bored in their careers. I really appreciated just how much of herself Layne poured into this book. She takes the reader through her experience in finding her career path, from letting go of dreams to take the more logical or safe choice, making it in a career only to find out you hate it, being completely bored while maintaining the appearance that you have made it and so much more. Layne uses her own life to illustrate her points, but she also uses lots of examples from others who have had similar experiences. It really shows just how much our society values the appearance of success over what success actually is. Layne takes the time to remind the reader that success means being happy, feeling fulfilled, having a balance between life and work, enjoying what you do…. This book covers a lot of information, and while I found all of it to be valuable, there were of course sections that stuck out to me more than others. This is definitely the type of book I will go back to so that I can reread the pieces that pertained to me and the way I make choices the most. These chapter for me include ‘You do deserve more,’ ‘It’s okay to take a pit stop,’ and ‘Stand up for yourself.’ The advice and tips that Layne presents a balance between simple statements that you just need to hear again and meaningful tips created through life experience. I found this book to be a wonderful read and would highly recommend it.
- Breanna A
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