“You Are Enough” by Charlene Wheeless

You Are Enough

Charlene Wheeless
Amplify Publishing (2021)
ISBN: 9781645435860
Reviewed by Lily Andrews for Reader Views (09/2021)

“You Are Enough: Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion and Unapologetic Authenticity” is an uplifting and moving memoir by renowned businesswoman and communications visionary Charlene Wheeless. In this absorbing book, the author shares her experiences and struggles as she climbed the cooperate ladder and her journey while battling breast cancer.

With a whimsical sense of humor, the author writes this amazing book to inspire others to work fearlessly towards attaining goals and living a purpose-driven life. Author Wheeless starts her chapters with eye-catching quotes from well-known personalities such as Dr. Maya Angelou, that offer readers a hint of the information shared. She examines how women, especially of Black descent, have to work twice as hard to reach the glass ceiling. She further explains how she succeeded in defying odds and overcoming unflattering stereotypes.

Fear keeps us from leading amazing lives. It keeps us weak and wanting, but not acting. The author advises that if one does not like their circumstances, they should change them, as it is within their control to change them. The fascinating book covers a lot of questions that often go unanswered such as how to achieve work-life balance and the fact that the author has worked as a senior executive in world-renown organizations makes her a credible source.

The tome covers two aspects: her career path and her blog posts, which include her journey as a cancer survivor. Smart and snappy advice breaks up every chapter and succinctly covers all the salient details of the world of employment. Further, the diction is fitting for this type of memoir/self-help/inspirational book, which was my favorite aspect. It is also rich in practical life lessons that can be used for ages to come. For this reason, I heartily give this amazing title, 5 stars.

One person’s survival story is another’s survival guide. This is not just a story of surviving but also one of flourishing against all odds. “You Are Enough: Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life With Purpose, Passion and Unapologetic Authenticity” by Charlene Wheeless is perfect for career-driven people, both men and women. It is a true testament to self-discipline and being true to oneself.


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