If you’re only every going to read/own one book to help you define your personal style, this is the one. This isn’t just personal style as in “I wear black rather than brown” or “I prefer silk to cotton”, although those kinds of considerations are addressed. This is personal style writ large – the kind of basis for personal expression that can affect and influence every aspect of your life. Seriously! And it’s a book well worth revisiting at any point in time when difficult decisions are to be made; it serves to remind you of what really matters to you (or at least what you THOUGHT mattered at the time you originally read the book).
I have never been one of those people who really liked books that had lots of “self-help” questionnaires that you had to complete. For one thing, I think I’m preternaturally biased against writing in books (my parents would be proud!), and I always had the sense that I could get the gist of what was being accomplished without taking all of that time and energy to scribble down my responses. But with this book, believe me, the exercises are well worth doing, and at the end of everything, you will have a two-word… slogan? mantra? manifesto? for the rest of your life. That seems worth the trouble, no?
For example, the following is a sample of Either-Or choices from which you will choose one of the two words:
Answer the phone/Voicemail
Red wine/White wine
Milk Chocolate/Dark Chocolate
Live theater/New DVD
Morning person/Night owl
After you complete these various exercises, you distill, analyze, and ponder ponder ponder what you’re written until you come up with the words that reflect the real you.
I turned out to be a Cosmopolitan Classic.
What will you be?
This very excellent book is available here from our favorite Powell’s Bookstore. Just trust me on this one.