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When Money Isn't Enough:
How Women Are Finding the Soul of Success

by: Connie Glaser and Barbara Smalley

Book Briefs:
Hardcover, 212 pages
1998, Warner Books

Price: $22.00 ($15.40 at Amazon)

Who Should Order Up this Book?
Sorry, guys. This one's for the women of the world -- in particular, the overworked and overstressed women who are trying to balance the career with personal fulfilment and often, a family. Authors Glaser and Smalley go right to the heart of the issue: career versus family/personal fulfillment. They explore the definitions of "success" in the 90s and how woman play and pay in the pursuit of it. If you're burning both ends of the candle and looking for some perspective on how to put out some of the fires, this book's for you.

The Meat & Potatoes:
To make their case for finding the "soul of success" for women, these authors first ask you to define your own idea of success. Then, they recount story after story of women who seemingly "have it all", but yet, still are hungry for something more in their lives.

The beefiest part of the book is Section Two, "Rewards Beyond the Bottom Line: Tales of Women Who Are Redefining Success on Their Own Terms." Their stories show how leaving the high-powered, lucrative corporate world isn't the end of the world. Rather, these tales from the trenches reveal how working women and mothers are creating their own definition of success. Some resign to take less stressful and time-consuming positions, while others take leaves of absence to regroup or to start their own businesses.

Though, this book is by no means a how-to on the perks and jerks of starting a biz. And except for Chapter 9, "Postpartum Blues: Putting An End to the Tug-of-War", it doesn't give an in-depth look into how becoming self-employed can be the "soul of success" for some women.

The last section, "Finding Solutions for Work-Life Conflicts," discusses ways corporate America and its employees are responding to this need for flexibility and quality family/personal life. This may make interesting reading for those women who are still working in the so-called "rat race" and for possible future small biz owners who want to promote family, flexibility and personal satisfaction among their employees.

Overall Taste:
While this book's written in a very friendly, easy-to-read writing style, with some inspiring and interesting examples of "success", it isn't a hearty book for those women who've already decided to go for the gusto and start a home-based biz.  But if you're struggling to find balance and a sense of success in your career and personal life, this is good reading for gaining real-life insight and advice. And by reading it, you just might find the idea of self-employment extremely tempting!

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