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Mary Tess Rooney
Heart Value

Have you ever felt undervalued, overlooked or unappreciated? Are you successful by societies standards, but feel deflated inside? Are you settling for less than you deserve? Do you desire success, happiness and recognition?

If your heart longs for more but you don’t know how to achieve it, Heart Value is the path for you. This book empowers you to honor your truth as you make choices and take actions to elevate your value, relationships, fulfillment and joy. Through stories and self-discovery practices, you are invited to:

  • Prioritize fun to elevate your joy
  • Follow your heart to awaken your inner guidance
  • Reclaim your power by voicing what truly matters to you
  • Expand your value by honoring your unique experiences and talents

Heart Value is a gift for your soul. Make an investment in yourself and what lights you up personally and professionally! Your inner compass knows what’s calling you. It's time to follow your heart, direct your path and discover your True Stride!

With the encouraging tone and clarity of a good coach, Rooney offers highly practical, career-oriented guidance for people in a situation where they might not expect that practical guidance is possible. Heart Value aims squarely at those with “a voice deep inside you, tugging at your heart strings, reminding you that you want something and deserve something more.” Drawing on her experience in the corporate world and some private matters, too, Rooney invites readers to identify that something that the heart values but currently lacks, to embrace the adventure of finding it, to make “resonant choices” while striding toward it, and to voice their value and “activate appreciation” at work and in life. Above all else, she encourages “Striders” to “realize our truth and groove in all that we do.”

Rooney’s system for “getting your stride on” is flexible but not vague. It’s steeped in original terminology (the heart vibe; the “value vault” made up of all the experiences, good or bad, that make you you) and tools (the Feel-Choose-Act Amplifier, the Joy Frequency Grid) crafted to reveal what truly lights a reader up—and what steps to take to prioritize those findings in life. These coinages don’t just reveal Rooney’s acuity for branding. At the end of chapters, Rooney continually demonstrates how her simple, intuitive Feel-Choose-Act Amplifier offers a route to transforming a feeling or desire (“I felt frustrated that ...”) into action steps (“I made a choice to …”) and results.

The many original anecdotes—from Rooney’s own life, her coaching clients, and others—are relatable, relevant, and resonant, illustrating principles like “Schedule Joytime” and “Value Unique Over Same,” and her encouraging tone (“You are constantly gaining value. With age, your expansion experiences and value add up.”) feels steeped in wisdom rather than cloying. Still, what stands out most here are the shrewd tips, insights, and points for reflection that close each chapter, always connected to the essence of her message: appreciate your value and what you value.

Takeaway: A highly encouraging and practical guide to appreciating your value and your desires, especially in the workplace.

Great for fans of: Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass, Gretchen Rubin’s The Confidence Project.

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Cover: A
Design and typography: A
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Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A