Book Review – 10-10-10: A Fast and Powerful Way to Get Unstuck in Love, at Work, and with Your Family


In this book, Suzy Welch, the wife of Jack Welch – the ex-CEO of GE, imparted her wisdom on how to make decision in a systematic way. The method of 10-10-10 aims to analyze the impact of a decision in ten minutes, ten months, and ten years (or right now, foreseable future, and future that is very far off).

There are basically three steps to this method:

  1. Define a question that exactly describe the issue one is trying to solve.
  2. Collect data and ask what consequences are brought by each options in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.
  3. Analyze and compare it with your values, then ask yourself which decision brings you closer to the life you want.

Sounds easy enough, isn’t it? That’s what I think. If the concept is so simple why does it need to be written as a book with 272 pages in it? Well, this book is a combination between Suzy’s life essay and the story of 10-10-10. Thus, the 272 pages. You do get to really understand the power and the way to use 10-10-10 by the end of the book because the many examples that she gave.

I also love this book for its value excavation. Suzy explained that 10-10-10 on its own is already powerful. When it’s combined with our values, 10-10-10 becomes a great tool to help us create an authentic life, a life according to our values.

Who is this book for?

This book is for those who are looking for ways to make decision methodically and enjoy a writing style that is nontheoretical. It’s a very easy to read book. If you are someone who knew about the brouhaha in the beginning of Jack’s and Suzy’s relationship like I do, you will get to hear her point of view in this matter. Then, there are stories about her children that can make you smile.

Who is it not for?

Because she wrote in a style that is conversational with many stories to illustrate her point (or sometimes just a story of her life),  this book is a bit lengthy for its content. Thus, if you are a to the point person, you will not enjoy it. The three steps I wrote above is the gist of the book. The rest is extra.

Will I recommend it?

Yes! Absolutely! I have used this method in my life and I should say it is a powerful method. Because of the methodological way in analyzing data and comparing it to your values, by the time you come into a conclusion, you will be very conscious on how you arrive there. As a result, you can explain it better to yourself and others. This will empower you and brings you closer to be a creator of your life.

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2 Responses to Book Review – 10-10-10: A Fast and Powerful Way to Get Unstuck in Love, at Work, and with Your Family

  1. Maureen says:

    WOW sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for the review, Maria. I’ll see if I can find it here if not probably on Amazon.

  2. Glad that you like it and hope that you can find it there!

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