What Counts Most Is How You Finish – book review and tour

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What Counts Most is How You Finish Everyone has different views of what counts most in life.  Some people place their value in money.  Others hold position, or status, as the most important part of life.  Still others put their trust in God.  According to Shelia Payton, author of a book I recently received for review, What Counts Most Is How You Finish.

This book is a collection of essays that each address life’s challenges.  From career obstacles to personal demons, Payton describes her life’s experiences in a constructive and thoughtful manner.  There’s a heavy dose of spiritualism in the book that come in the well-meaning form of euphemisms like “God Don’t Make No Junk.”   For me, this moral high ground conflicted a bit with the fact that she worked in a high-profile job in the beer industry.   However,  I especially liked the way that Payton shared her girl power!    She described how she entered a male-dominated work force, commanding its attention despite her shy manner.   Payton also explains that a multi-cultural background is something that everyone shares.


Many times, I’ve considered writing a little guide to life for my kids in case my health should take a nosedive before I can say all the things I need to teach them. That’s the basic premise of What Counts Most Is How You Finish.  There’s a lot of positive atta-girl statements in this book, as well as the strength to pick oneself up by the bootstraps to carry on another day.  This book would make an excellent resource for positive team-building or empowerment sessions.

author Shelia Payton - featured on savingsinseconds.com

Author Shelia Payton is an entrepreneur, former newspaper reporter, corporate manager and educator.  Like others in her generation, Shelia had to face and overcome barriers to entering and succeeding in non-traditional jobs.  Furthermore, Shelia’s motivation was not just about what she can accomplish for herself, but also how she can open up opportunities for future generations. Currently Shelia is creating books, plays, and music that build human connections by breaking down barriers and stereotypes.  Visit Shelia’s website to find out more! 

Speaking of life’s challenges……do you know any college students that are headed back to the dorms this fall?   My husband’s nephew just started his freshman year.  Although college is certainly one of the best investments one can make, it’s also a drain on the wallet!  If there isn’t much green left in your budget for clothes, never fear.  Right now adidas has a 2/$30 deal on Graphic & Ultimate Tees!  Use promo code: 2TEES at checkout.  


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  1. Dianna, Thank you for reviewing my book and sharing your thoughts with your readers. I’m glad you saw the book as a conversation and discussion starter. While no one person has all the answers, we can learn valuable lessons from each other. Sharing ideas and using real world examples of ways to deal with life’s challenges that anyone can use to create their own path to a full and meaningful life is the objective of my book. It sounds as though your children are younger at this point, but I hope some of the essays in the book prove useful to them as they navigate their way through life. Thank you, again, for sharing What Counts Most is How You Finish with your readers.

  2. Sherry Compton says:

    We all face challenges and obstacles and our beliefs help us through. We put different rankings on what has value and even the meaning of the word value. I like your idea of writingdown things you want to tell your children. No one knows what’s going to happen and want those around us to know things we believe and learned.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. If I win they will be donated to the Middletown Highschool library.nks

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. If I win they will be donated to the Middletown Highschool library.nks

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. If I win they will be donated to the Middletown Highschool library.nks

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