Struggling? You’re in the right place.
In a world that’s obsessed with fast hacks, quick wins, and Instagram-perfection (cue “Everything is Awesome”) struggle has become a taboo. A sign that something’s gone horribly wrong. But what if we’ve got it all wrong about getting it wrong?
What if struggle isn’t a battle to fight, a trap to avoid, or a sign of weakness? What if struggle is precisely where the magic happens – where we do our best, most important work?
Whether you’re wading in treacle, waiting for the storm to pass or just damn tired of the hustle, this thought-provoking exploration will shine a surprising new light on the truth, beauty and opportunity hidden in life’s shittier moments.
Author of the award-winning ‘How to be Really Productive’, Grace Marshall is known for her “refreshingly human” approach to productivity. Featured in The Guardian, Forbes, Huffpost and BBC Radio, her work as a Productivity Ninja has taken her from Norway to New York, helping thousands of people – from startup founders to corporate managers, artists to engineers, students and CEOs – to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.
This is a powerful book written in a brilliantly accessible way. It felt like a conversation with the author, who was honest about her mistakes and struggles and learning from them. I read something recently about “mining for the gold” in tough situations, and this entire book has helped me think about how to do that and be more at peace with the fact that I struggle at times (even when I don’t understand why I’m struggling!)
Uplifting and inspiring! Written in short bite size chunks which makes this a really easy read. You’ll find yourself underlining, circling & highlighting nuggets as you read & probably want to reread it.
Grace’s vulnerability shines through which makes this really accessible and real!
I have a hard work story; for most of my life I have felt that if something was easy, I’d be looking for the catch. I’d over complicate and my brain would shift into multi-layer thinking … when actually the simplest option was often the most effective. This is why I was drawn to the title of Struggle. I love how the author embraces the process of struggle and it’s made me see that my over-complication tendencies are actually helpful. I don’t have to get frustrated because it’s important part of my creative process. Without this, I’d be unsatisfied that I’ve come up with the best outcome.
I love how the book has been written in short, easy to read chapters and this will be one that I will come back to time and time again, just to open up on a page and read for a moment or two. Inspiration dripping from every chapter, and the references to personal stories just makes it so relatable.
Great bite sized book to dip in and out of when in need of some help with struggle.
I was lucky enough to get a early read of ‘Struggle’ and absolutely love it. Written with wisdom and humour Grace Marshall provides perspective on the value of life’s toughest lessons. A book to return to again and again.
So much great stuff in this book, I read this at a time when I’d taken on a new role in the place where I work, and when I started, things didn’t work out how I wanted, I struggled to make it work. But through that struggle I learned how to move forward and make it happen. The struggle wasn’t a nice place to be particularly, but it was a catalyst for getting it right and, as she says in the book ‘Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing.’ Grace has written some incredibly wise words here, you could literally turn to any page and find something that would inspire you and help change the way you deal with struggle and how you approach it and use it to your advantage.