• Refuse to Choose!

  • Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams
  • By: Barbara Sher
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Refuse to Choose!

By: Barbara Sher
Narrated by: Pam Ward
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Publisher's Summary

Don’t know what to do with your life? Drawn to so many things that you can’t choose just one? New York Times bestselling author Barbara Sher has the answer—do EVERYTHING!

The author of Wishcraft and I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was..., Barbara Sher became famous for her extraordinary ability to help people define and achieve their goals. What Sher discovered is that some individuals simply cannot, and should not, decide on a single path; they are genetically wired to pursue many areas. Sher calls them “Scanners”—people whose unique type of mind does not zero in on a single interest but rather scans the horizon, eager to explore everything they see.

In this groundbreaking book, listeners will learn

  • what’s behind their “hit and run” obsessions,
  • when (and how) to finish what they start,
  • how to do everything they love, and
  • what type of Scanner they are (and which tools they need to do their very best work).
©2006 Barbara Sher (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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I Loved the start and middle but

When it slowly descended into listing old jobs that exist it got kinda meh soooo yeh

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Immensely Practical

This book is the single most practical book I've ever read about getting your life together as someone with raging ADHD. I think it might just change my life

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I was so excited about this book, I signed up for audible and used a credit. The content is on-point bringing me to a whole different perspective on myself. I never knew! However, I can barely listen to the narrator. I will agree with the first reviewer and the third. Yes, condescending. Yes, older over-dramatic actress. I suggest a re-record with a top narrator (there are so many), or yes, the author. I love that!

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Wonderful read

My, my, what a delight! I believe I may have finally found my tribe - curious misfits, fireballs, creative geniuses!

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Very interesting topic

I've been creative as long as I can remember, and this book nailed it in terms of what I've experienced my life with trying to find a career that suits me and getting ridiculed by my family, and other people for being easily bored and not being able to commit or pick just one thing to do with my life. I felt very understood, and the personal stories helped to illustrate that I'm not alone in this. At the time I'm writing this review I'm just getting into the end chapters where there is advice on archiving ideas, and suitable ways to incorporate passions into careers for "scanners" or creative people. I find this book to have lots of value, however I do find the animated, condescending tone of the reader to be off-putting. What I will probably do is purchase this book, in its physical form, and re-read it, so that I can hear it in a different tone of voice. (The author's voice, Barbara Sher, is much more warm and conversational.) also I noticed that the chapters are mis-numbered . (For example the reader was on chapter 13, but in the chapter list it was chapter 136). Overall I feel like the author is very thorough in her description of 'scanners', her system, and her approach. I would definitely recommend this (physical) book to all the creative people I know.

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Worth a Listen, Especially for Creatives

As a creative person I find myself pursuing new curiosities regularly. I have often sought to understand my creative compulsions in a way that honors them and honors me.

Especially in the later chapters of this book, there is a lot of really great advice for how to different kinds of creatively curious people can structure their lives and also structure of the ways that they think about — and archive — their multipassionate curiosities.

I am tempted to gift this book to most of the creative people I know.

I know another reviewer took exception to the voice of the narrator, but I feel like that review threw the baby out with the bathwater — especially given that the review expressed they weren’t going to listen to the actual book. I have listened to other audiobooks read by Barbara Sher, and this narrator’s voice wasn’t different enough to deter me from the tremendous value I receive from listening to Barbara Sher encouraging me to be the kind of creative person I am, and to find ways to fully enjoy the experience.

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annoying!

The narrator sounds like an elderly actress. Overly dramatic and hard to listen to! Books are best narrated by the author. I can't rate the actual content because I doubt that I'll get past the introduction.