Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

James A. Cusumano (author); BALANCE; SelectBooks, Inc. (Nonfiction: Business & Economics) 16.95 ISBN: 9781590799604

Byline: Barry Silverstein

Finding the right balance between one's life and one's job is a challenge many face and few seem able to resolve. Rather than give in to the dichotomy, James Cusumano urges readers to embrace it in Balance: The Business-Life Connection.

A short autobiography presents Cusumano's unusual journey -- from teenage rock star to scientist, entrepreneur, movie producer, and hotelier. That variety of experiences helps Cusumano illustrate one of his core messages: It isn't what you do in life; rather, he writes, "once you determine that special skill that you were born with and you connect it with a positive need in the world, you will have found your life purpose."

The author divides his book into two main sections, "Creating a Fulfilling Life" and "Building a Successful Business." In the first section, Cusumano delves into "purpose and passion," urging the reader to hone in on a unique ability or skill that is fulfilling and has value to the world. He explains how to create a life plan by identifying one's values. Then Cusumano offers an insightful discussion of happiness, in which he suggests there is significant difference between a job, a career, and a calling. A calling, writes Cusumano, "is by far the best means to deep, long-term, lasting happiness and fulfillment."

In the second section, Cusumano turns his attention to business while cleverly reinforcing several of the concepts he covers in the first...

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