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Reviewed by Irene Valentine for Readers' Favorite
“Don't quit today! Quit tomorrow!” Life Revived is significantly more than a business or self-help book. Shelley Essery shares many lessons from her heart, some painfully learned, as she reflects on 25 years of marriage, corporate career, and business life. With her frank and unpretentious approach, she delves generously into her own experience to challenge every entrepreneur and dreamer to ask themselves the revealing questions about what do they really want. How important are the opinions of others? How valuable is your own time and space? What is purposeful and rewarding? What is secure, and what is at risk? What is the reward we want in exchange for our time and energy we spend earning an income? Shelley and her husband faced a crossroads on the way to their seemingly secure, early retirement. Despite others' opinions and fears, they launched into the unknown. Initially, they bought a small business with a client base and an income, which they sold. Thereafter, they worked for others to support their own business venture, Revived Interiors, and learned lessons by observing their employers. She coins the term 'employee-preneur' to describe this process. Now almost a decade later, running their own successful home-based business, they are enjoying new perspectives in their marriage relationship, as well as the admiration of their children.
Shelley dispenses sage advice about self-development, networking, and mentorship; determining your goals and your time commitment, and your intentional contribution to share your experience and learning. She adds wisely it’s important to know your audience. Just because you are ready to discuss something, that does not mean the other person is. I felt Shelley’s explanation of purpose is probably one of the most succinct I have read. Your purpose exists as part of you from the moment you’re born. It’s the way you interact with those around you. All you need to do is be the best version of yourself that you are able to be in this exact moment. Be present in every moment you are given. Life Revived has also become the springboard to ShelleyEssery.com. This is a safe space to provide all entrepreneurs and dream builders with resources and tools that might be helpful as they grow their businesses and dreams. All told, I found Life Revived a rewarding read. Highly recommended!