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July 5, 2002

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Repacking Your Bags

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Repacking Your Bags: Lightening Your Load for the Rest of Your Life, 2nd Ed. by Dick Leider and David Shapiro, Berrett-Koehler Publisher, 260 Pages, $16.95 paperback, July 2002, ISBN 1576751805
Just answer one simple question for me: Do you feel its time to make a change in your life? Whether you are unhappy in your work, feel over-committed, are unsatisfied, despite the DVD/surround sound/digital TV system you just installed at home, or you just have this feeling, this itch that wont quite go away, that there is something better for you out there, then this is your must-buy book for the summer. I should know. Seven years ago, when the first edition of this book was published, I was blown away by its content. That I was inspired would be an understatement. I was in a perfect place mentally for the book, and as a result, it motivated me to take a look at my bag and really repack it. Because of my great affinity for the book at the time, it was an additional treat for me when Dick Leider read at one of our parent companys bookstores, and, following the event, I was able to drink beer and eat ribs with him until all hours of the morning. Repacking Your Bags helped me get through some very rough times, and I thank Dick and David Shapiro for that.
In the prologue, Dick relates how Repacking Your Bags began by including a story of his Serengeti Plains trek. The story is a real eye-opener that will speak directly to you and makes clear the goal of the book. Since I really want to share this story with you, but cant put a four-page story in this review, click on this URL to read it now. This new edition of Repacking Your Bags has been updated and revised, incorporating seven years of new thoughts and ideas into the still-relevant original content. As well as being loaded with interesting stories, Repacking Your Bags functions as a workbook that includes innovative and useful tools designed to help you put your life down on paper and reevaluate what you see there. The self-assessment inventory and courageous conversations inventory are also very simple, yet valuable, tools for self-examination. Also, at the end of each chapter appears a useful summary and postcard exercises that will help you incorporate the thoughts from that chapter into your own life.
If you have not had the opportunity to read this important book, and if living the Good Life sounds pretty good to you, read this book. Then, give it to your co-workers, friends and family as a gift. Everyone can benefit from a lightening of his or her burdens and a reassessment of what really matters. This book can and will change your world.

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.