It is currently 4:01 a.m. and I am sitting in a residence hall lobby due to water being shut down in the building and having to monitor the ongoing situation… What a great time to write a reflection!! I feel weird saying this, but I was nervous to read the last three chapter of this book. “If it ain’t broke… Break It!” has made me think more than any other book I can remember. It has challenged my beliefs, made me question my success, but most importantly… show me that I have so much more that I can accomplish. For a book that was published for a “business world,” it sure has made me think personally on a multitude of levels. So here we go… my last reflection for Robert Kriegel’s If it ain’t broke… Break It!
Hopefully by now, you get Kriegel’s writing style. He is going to present a challenge, walk around it for awhile, and then lead you to a solution that fits you… how can that be? Kriegel does an amazing job of leading answers up to interpretation because he realizes that there is no generic answer or path for anyone, they are all specific to each one of us. Kriegel talks about the idea of keeping logs of your success stories, small and large. “Like it?… Log it!” Kriegel says about accomplishments.
Writing that paragraph I stopped myself… The value of these last chapters are important, yes, but this is my blog and I want to talk about how important this book actually is.
In the career field of Student Affairs, this book has given me knowledge that I can bring to the table which every colleague of mine will listen to. Why? Because it isn’t what they are learning/learned in their classroom settings. I have created lesson plans for classes I teach, activities for my staff meetings and conversations with my supervisors showing what I am learning and bringing to the table. If nothing, this book has brought me confidence that I didn’t know was there. That’s huge, for me.
On more of a personal side, this book speaks volumes to the idea of improving yourself… for you. (imagine that nonsense) Chapter titles like “Put Fire in Your Heart, Plan on Changing Your Plans and Joy Pays Off.” As you read them you begin to feel like Kriegel actually cares about you, and I think in a way, he does. This book has changed my life, in so many ways. In Robert Kriegel fashion, I want to leave you with a few parting words.
Play to win, always. You can’t win if you are losing in your own mind. It’s okay to fall off the wagon, but get back on when you’re ready. And while the title screams, “Break It!,” maybe don’t break yourself along the way.