June 3, 2011

Rush: Why you need and love the rat race by Todd G. Buchholz

Buchholz’s premise is that downtime isn’t what makes us happy and that we actually need to be in the rat race.  Competing doesn’t necessarily mean we are trying to defeat others.  There are good things we can strive for, such as gaining more knowledge in a specific area. Self-esteem is achieved when we become successful at something and being engaged is what gives us energy and keeps us from becoming bored.  

I chose to review this book because I didn’t agree with the title.  I don’t think we need the rat race and instead believe many of us need more downtime.  However, as I read through the book, there were points that made a lot of sense.  Competition really is good for many of us. He gave the example of shopping.  Who doesn’t compare deals to find the most for their money? 

Competition can also keep people accountable, such as staff in nonprofit organizations.  These groups are raising funds and are competing with each other to show the money is well spent.  They need to answer to donors who can make a contribution elsewhere.
While I still don’t love the rat race, I do agree that setting goals, striving toward them, and being better at whatever you do is good for people both in and outside the workforce.  
Disclaimer:  I received this book for free through FSB Associates

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