Thursday, April 23, 2009

10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea

This review is part of the MotherTalk blog tour for Suzy Welch's new book 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. I enjoyed the book--it was a fairly quick read, and the main concept of 10-10-10 makes sense to me and seems like a good way to be conscious and present when making decisions about life. In a nutshell, when faced with a decision, consider the effects of your choices in the next 10 minutes, in the next 10 months, and in the next 10 years.

You don't have to really be that literal about it though; 10-10-10 is a catchy way to remember to think through things and possible outcomes in the immediate future, in the foreseeable future, and quite a ways down the line. In her book, Welch discusses the basics of "10-10-10-ing" followed with examples and discussions applying the thought process to work, love, family, and friendships.

Reading 10-10-10 helped me consider some situations in my life a little more deliberately, maybe even more objectively. I don't think 10-10-10 will necessarily make difficult decisions become simple or easy (and it doesn't claim to), but it does provide structure for pausing, taking a little bit of time, and thinking things through completely while considering the right now, far in the future, and also, time along the way. I liked 10-10-10 and think it could be useful to anyone wanting guidance for living a more clearly and thoughtfully.