"The Lemonade Life" is a book that challenges, encourages and pushes you out of your comfort zone. Very few of us think about the small choices we make each day that end up becoming our routines, and Zack Friedman is here to shake you up!
The book begins with a series of exemplar "types" in regards to our work habits and relationships. Friedman introduces us to the Lemon Lifers: The Eternal Excuser, who never takes responsibility for their work or their mistakes, The Steady Settler, who decides they can live with the status quo as long as it doesn't require much of them, The Change Chaser, who is always looking for the "next big thing" in their work life or otherwise, and finally, The Daring Disrupters--the ones who actually look for opportunities to change or improve their lives by reaching towards a unique dream, no matter the roadblocks that might lie ahead.
Friedman is conversational in tone, but don't let that fool you. He will make you reconsider all that you're letting drift by and encourage you to embrace The Lemonade Life, which is his moniker for building an extraordinary life that you don't need a vacation from. The processes in the book allow the reader to self examine, correct tough behaviors that stymie growth and learn from their mistakes by keeping a positive outlook.
His passion shines through the message, illustrated with unique examples of those who are actively living The Lemonade Life. I finished this book feeling encouraged, but also directed towards making better decisions to balance my work life. Accepting accountability, reaching goals and having a brighter outlook for the future is paramount, and Friedman gives the reader advice from someone who has been in their shoes.
This book would be a great motivator for someone newly entering the workforce, someone who is coming back to work after a hard season, or someone looking to expand their knowledge on making decisions that benefit both the worker and the organization, church, non-profit or business as a whole. When your employees feel better, their work will improve. If they feel they are making a difference, your organization can only benefit. I was pleasantly blessed by this book and the encouragement it provides.
I was an early reader, thanks to Harper Collins Publishing. I chose to leave a review and all opinions are my own.