What does your life look like? Just yesterday, I worked from 6:00 AM through 5:00 PM and then I ran off to dinner with my husband and my son \u2013 checking my iPhone intermittently for updates and emails on an event I was producing.\u00a0 I came home and hopped on a Twitter Chat between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM and then crashed in a heap. Like you, I work for myself and probably like you, my personal and professional worlds have somehow become intertwined in a rather clumsy dance I call my life. One day, in a \u201crare\u201d moment of a complete freak out, my glance fell upon a stack of review copies and focused on the title Balance: The Business -Life Connection by Jim Cusumano (@JamesACusumano).\u00a0\u00a0 \u201cA-HA!\u201d I thought.\u00a0 \u201cThis will be my next book review.\u201d\u00a0 Because if I\u2019m feeling this way, I can imagine that others with bigger businesses, employees, families and responsibilities are also feeling this way. What\u2019s the Meaning of Life? Appropriately enough, the book starts with Jim Cusumano\u2019s life story. I\u2019m going to tell you just a little about Jim here. Cusumano proudly calls himself a Sicilian- American.\u00a0 He is the oldest of 10 (yes 10) children and in the chapter, he lays out his colorful road to becoming an entertainer; lead singer for The Royal Teens (of \u201cShort Shorts\u201d fame).\u00a0 Then he proceeded to get a PhD in Physical Chemistry as well as pursuing business studies at Harvard and Stanford and then receiving a fellowship at Cambridge University. (I know \u2013 it\u2019s crazy). And the bio keeps going.\u00a0 Cusumano went on to found Catalytica, Inc., a Silicon Valley company with business units in clean energy and pharmaceuticals.\u00a0 I\u2019m going to skip through several more accomplishments to get to the part where he created the Chateau Mcely Forum to provide resources and educational products for Inspired Leadership.\u00a0 There is so much more, but I really need to get into the review of this book. Inside the weaving of Cusumano\u2019s story, you\u2019ll see that there is a pattern here; a series of decisions and roads taken and not taken.\u00a0 And this is the focus of this book. Creating a Fulfilling Life Part two of the book gets into the discussions of purpose and passion.\u00a0 There are several chapters that focus on four powerful questions: What do I most love to do, so much so that time passes incredibly quickly? What work do I do now or have done in the past that I do not consider work? What could I do that would create the greatest value for the world around me, as well as the greatest personal satisfaction for the amount of time spent? What is my unique ability, the skill or skills which if truly actualized could provide significant benefits to the organization for which I work, to the world and me? From there the author guides you into creating an action plan for your life.\u00a0 This section ends with a discussion on the things that could stop us \u2013 such as fear and how to deal with that. The last and final section of the book is all about creating a successful business.\u00a0 Cusumano takes the personal approach here as well.\u00a0 He shares his journey and his lessons on how to achieve success and become a leader. I think that small business owners will find a lot of value in this third section of the book.\u00a0 Cusumano brings his passion for leadership to bear here and he also provides some very pragmatic advice that any small business owner will appreciate. Here is a quick quote on performance reviews: It\u2019s prime purpose is to align all employee goals with those of the company, to identify effective means to further develop employees, and in achieving both of these objectives to create a fulfilling professional life for all employees and a successful enterprise. My\u00a0 favorite point in this section is that it\u2019s targeted toward mutual benefit of the company and the employee and the entire proposed process Cusumano recommends is designed to have any performance issues brought up by the employee instead of the manager. Why Take the tTime to Read Balance? If you\u2019re finding yourself collapsing exhausted at the end of your day \u2013 chances are that Balance should be on your reading list.\u00a0 After reading the book, you will likely find yourself refreshed and energized and ready to take on the business, the world and yes - your life.