Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lit: Uniquely Portable Magic - It's All In The Family

So this may seem kind of weird to you but my husband has a cousin who is a bestselling author whom I have never mentioned in over six years of blogging. It seems weird to me, anyway. Technically, it's BG's cousin's son and what with a divorce and some family issues, we haven't seen a whole lot of him over the years, but still.

Anyway, you may have heard of him - Tom Rath. He has a background in research of human behavior (his maternal grandfather started a research and selection company that years ago merged with Gallup) and has now written six books in the last ten years. His first was How Full Is Your Bucket. StrengthFinders 2.0 was the 2013 and 2014 top selling book world wide on

Tom Rath
Big time, right? Still, when I was listening to an episode of Gretchen Rubin's "Happier" podcast last week, I was surprised to hear them say they were going to be interviewing him about his latest book, Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life. I had to stop listening until I got home so BG could hear it, too.

Somewhere in this house, we have StrengthFinders 2.0. BG has read it (I haven't) but it's the only of his books we've ever picked up. Given the number of books he's sold, I don't think Tom's noticed our lack of support. Still, as much I enjoy the "Happier" podcast, if Rubin thinks Are You Fully Charged fits with what she's teaching, I might just have to pick it up. If I do, you can be sure I'll let you know what I think!


  1. Well that's kind of exciting. I wonder if the seven degrees of connections extends to authors! LOL I don't think it does for me though, but who knows!

  2. StrengthFinders 2.0 changed my entire outlook on life. I had to read it and take the test for a leadership seminar. Seriously great stuff. I will have to check out his latest.

  3. That's exciting! My family is a bit like that - big extended family but hard to keep track of with all the divorces and moves. I haven't heard of him but I'm intrigued by his books - especially if Rubin thinks they fit into her mission. I'll definitely have to look for it.

    1. Oh gosh, my brother-in-law's ex-wife's family is crazy with all of the divorces and remarriages. I don't know how our niece and nephew keep track of their family on that side!