I loved the title of this book and the cover is quite striking.
Firstly I'd like to congratulate the author on the presentation of the material. The chapters are micro and very easy to get through on a quick sitting. This presentation lends itself to busy people who don't want to have to re-read a 20 page chapter or more to find the salient points. These helpful books need to be more bite-sized.
By having lots of headings it makes it a lot easy to find things. I did get a physical copy of the book but I do prefer these types of book on kindle. Kindle now has 4 colour highlighters within the kindle reader making find one's notes and bookmarks really easily. So I would advise that with this book it would be better to get the kindle version if you're someone who doesn't like defacing their books!
We only have a finite amount of energy to really concentrate and focus. Understanding when to use that energy will help tremendously to get the projects done. But before one should plough blindly on, it's important to get a very clear and passionate understanding of what we are trying to achieve.
So this book is about finding some of those passions, removing older directions that perhaps weren't really thought out properly. A good example of this was when I lived in South Africa, Johannesburg, a computer Work Colleague could see I was an ideal guy to run a gym as I was so passionate about it. I didn't get on with Cobol(dross) programming and pretty much struggled most of my early career in Programming. He offered to buy a gym for me and I could run it. It was a bit of a dream for me but when I really picked it apart, I realised it wasn't what it seemed. I'd have to be there around 4.30am in the morning to open it up and leave at 10pm to close it up. I'd still be stuck indoors all day!! I'd be swapping much longer hours for an 'escape' from my current job. After I analysed that job top to toe I never returned to that so-called dream situation.
This book will help you with some laser focus into what you really want, or at the very least get you analysing every detail about what you are currently chasing. He mentions doctors a lot. Wanting to live the dream, lots of money etc. But as I can see clearly, most GPs I visit look overworked, tired and unhappy. As Isaiah says you commit so many years of your life to become a Doctor it's almost impossible to turn your back on those hours and years. This is just a sample profession, we'd be in dire trouble in the UK with our high population without our team of Doctors. But it troubles my heart to see that unhappiness. I did my time with programming from 20 to 43(now 53). I probably had about 6 years that was very exciting during the early Internet days, but then it was taken away from a lot of us and we went back to mind-numbing boringness.
There are a lot of very useful chapters in this book, presented very well. The book gets you thinking about your strategy, your goals, your energy for concentration and lots of little detailed things.
The author is very passionate. It's plain to see. I don't think everyone has this passion in abundance. But it certainly won't harm to have a self examination and direct a more structured and laser approach to making changes.
I like that mindfulness also gets a mention. I've worked with this for years. I find some new answers and so many times it's being mindful that's the key. We too often have our little routines that we jump into, our mindsets for lots of things, but it's not always useful to be too day-dreamy with how we run our lives. There is a time and place for spontaneous, but mindfully following a good strategy is very important too.
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] and Beginner Tai Chi Level 2[DVD