Life Revived

The Business of Living Life

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
176 Pages
Reviewed on 04/01/2021
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Author Biography

When I first entered the world of entrepreneurship, I was terrified! I lacked confidence, knowledge, and skills in every aspect of business development. But what I quickly discovered was that a successful business did not start there, a successful business started with a desire to learn, an open mind, and a great deal of patience. If you have those virtues, YOU CAN SUCCEED, and I’m here to share my story and my experiences to help others achieve their goals.

    Book Review

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 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!

Lesley Jones

In 2011, Shelley and her husband Brent's dreams of early retirement were shattered. As Brent lost close family members and a job he thought was secure, he was forced to re-evaluate his life. Although they were both inexperienced in business, they embarked on an exciting, unfamiliar journey into entrepreneurship. Follow Shelley as she shares her most valuable lessons and techniques for building a successful business without losing sight of your values and identity in Life Revived: The Business of Living Life by Shelley Essery. Discover how to remain positive when facing obstacles, how to network successfully with business partners and customers, the importance of surrounding yourself with a strong team, and finding a good mentor to steer you to greatness. Shelley not only managed to build a strong and lucrative business, but she also changed her definition of success, happiness, and the results were better than she ever had ever hoped for. The advice and information Shelley shares will not only serve as a vital business tool but also give you the courage and knowledge to take that leap of faith and build your own dreams. 'If you are working on achieving goals for reasons that do not create true happiness for you, you are not living your best life.'

Shelley's life journey is so inspirational for anyone who fears stepping out of their comfort zone and trying something new. I loved the section on ego and how this can be so damaging to anyone that wants to make big changes in their life. Shelley's honesty throughout this wonderful book was quite admirable as she shares the pitfalls and obstacles she endured. But, it seems, those obstacles happened for a reason as great things came from the negative situation. Shelley covers important aspects of a business that many starting out on their entrepreneurship journey do not fully consider. She covers topics such as time management, work/life balance, networking, and having a positive mindset in such an easy-to-follow way. She also gave great advice on the importance of cash flow and finding a good mentor. I also thought her advice when speaking to a potential customer of "Listen to understand, not to respond" was brilliant. The chapters on success and comparing yourself to others are going to help not only people in business but everyone who struggles with moments of self-doubt. The chapter on fear at the end of Life Revived was really powerful and quite poignant in these times of uncertainty.