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Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher

by Shannon Houde

Are you fascinated by a new thing every week? Do you find it impossible to choose just one career when there are so many exciting things to do out there? Do you start lots of projects, but finish far fewer? If you answered yes to these questions, you might just be a ‘Scanner’, and if you are – this book, Refuse to Choose, is for you.

Barbara Sher describes scanners as those of us who are ‘genetically wired’ to never be satisfied with one area of interest. While in the 1800s the idea of having broad and varied interests was something to celebrate, today’s niche-driven world of ever-narrowing expertise doesn’t quite see it like that – which can leave scanners feeling like a square peg in a round hole.

For those of us who can recognise that we are scanners, she tells us it’s ok. Others who find our behaviour unsettling and unfamiliar simply don’t understand what remarkable, multitalented brains we have. I like this woman!

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Throughout the book, Sher gives real life examples of the different ways in which scanners operate and explores what makes a scanner tick. In part two, she asks us to decide which type of scanner we are from narratives on the way different types operate, and offers a multitude of tips and explanations on how to actually manage your scanner tendencies to maximise your passions, lifestyle and career.

This is a must-read for anyone with too many interesting ideas, and not enough time to pursue them. Highly recommended.

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