This is not self help! I was on my 3rd reading of The Goal by Dr. Eli Goldratt and this question was posed by the protagonist of the story to himself. ” I am somewhat successful but how do I learn to manage my life better?”
Alex Rogo a mid life aged plant manager has dysfunctions at home, works 16 hour days at a plant that losses money and is about to be closed. So the drama and hard luck begins as the curtains open to the story. Of course the spoiler is happily ever after but not without some very close calls with hitting bottom and loosing everything. it is in his darkest hours when “the end” seems like only a breath away does he begin to ask curious questions to create meaning and seek more inquiry to change.
So yes he saves his marriage and family after physical separation, crying and bereaved kids as well as saving his plant and management team from job loss and impending financial doom. However, it was not a magic silver bullet that saved him nor a visit from his fairy godmother rather a painful and difficult journey to discover the suffering and undesired results that accompany a lack of common sense.
As he relishes his victory from plunging his life into the abyss of failure, reflects on the insight and value of a well designed common sense question. How do I learn to manage my life better?
See The Goal