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on 5 June 2012
We'd all love to have a positive, energetic and happy work environment. For the authors of Fish! this is not only possible, but something we can control.

This omnibus edition combines the original Fish! book with Fish! Tales and Fish! Sticks. The supplementary books take the fishmonger-inspired philosophy and reinforce it with real-world examples and motivational suggestions respectively. Each book is quite short in length, so it's possible to whiz through one in a couple of lunchtime reading sessions.

Fish! imparts its wisdom using a story. Yes, it's a highly Americanised and somewhat corny story, an approach that won't suit everyone. Nevertheless, it's quite easy to spin through the text and draw out the salient points. And what are these salient points? Well, it boils down to four key messages: attitude, playfulness, goodwill and presentness.

Your own attitude is probably the most important factor of all. How you feel about the day, how you respond in different environments and situations, and your relationship with others; it's all under your control. You can be positive, energetic, creative, patient, caring and supportive. Or you can decide to be bored, disinterested, regretful, bitter, hostile or angry. Essentially the message is become whoever you want to be simply by changing your attitude.

Treating every task as a play activity can't fail to engender a sense of fun and enjoyment. Once again it's just a matter of personal perspective and attitude. The authors suggest that even the most serious and demanding tasks can be viewed in a playful light. Though I'm certain transforming some of your most obnoxious chores into amusing entertainment will require more than a little effort.

How does it feel to make someone else's day? Energising? Satisfying? Good deeds invariably bring about good feelings. Money and success, on the other hand, tend to bestow far less in terms of personal gratification. The message here is when you offer your time, assistance, feedback and support, your own happiness levels increase.

Busy lives, weighty responsibilities and relentless deadlines are difficult enough. However, beating yourself up about past events or worrying about what will happen tomorrow, only makes coping with today that much harder. So, the final key message is be present; live in the moment. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet to happen, and often turns out to be strikingly different to what we'd imagined. It's notable how many individuals, when questioned late in life, say what they regret most of all is the time they spent worrying about situations and events that never actually happened.

Of course, you can apply the Fish! philosophy to any aspect of life. A simple recipe to create a happier you.
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on 15 May 2009
It's an urban myth that your employer is responsible for your morale at work. The only person responsible for your morale in life is you, so get used to it! If you have had a bad week at work and your inner spriit is a little low, this book is the perfect way to recharge your enthusiasm for life.
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on 2 September 2013
A simple pragmatic way of making work so much more 'fun'. The benefit ..... Try it and see! I challenge anyone not to find value in these wise words. Go on, try it, you may just surprise yourself!
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on 28 March 2011
Like a dope I bought this and Fish the base book at the same time - d'oh!
I took it on holiday with a few other books and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so I have book copies of the base book for a number of my team to get them to buy in to a new way of looking at and doing things to make the everyday core enjoyable!
Such an easy way to make you start thinking about a few things either work, rest or play!
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on 5 November 2014
Omg! What a fantastic read. Was inspired to buy this after watching a short video at a recent meeting. Principles are so simple but help deliver a big impact! Fish principles work equally well at home and in work. Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
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on 10 October 2014
This book is poorly written and over hyped by people in the USA who have probably not read much. There is much better stuff out there:

Steven Covey - 7 Habits
Monk who sold his Ferrari series
Awaken the Giant within
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on 5 November 2014
Take a life transforming attitude check. All about your mood and how to create it rather than be a victim of it. Equally applicable to work and home.
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on 27 June 2011
This book is inspirational! it is a fantastic read - the theories are so simple you will wonder why you havent been doing it all along!
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on 29 August 2011
Very thought provoking and how to self improve to others in a working environment, great follow up to the video
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on 18 July 2014
I've loved all the Fish books - great little books to pick up & read on a train journey. Highly recommend them.
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