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4.0 out of 5 stars A great idea and a great book, 18 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Personal Business Plan: A Blueprint for Running Your Life (Hardcover)
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I was very interested in this book as I enjoy organising things and am always on the lookout for new self improvement ideas or books.

It is a basic but interesting concept - treat your life like you would a business and plan. The fundamental fact, so says the author, is that once you know where you're going, it's fairly simple to get moving and get there. It's deciding where you want to go that is actually the difficult part.

There are exercises to go along with the book. They have pages at the back with the blank copies of the exercises or you can also download them by visiting the personal business plan website. I did this and it was an easy process and meant I didn't have to write in my book.

The book has 10 chapters in total. These are: 1. What is My Situation? 2. How Can I Thrive? 3. When Do I Perform at My Best? 4. What Energizes Me? 5. Where am I on My Personal Journey? 6. How Do I Become Happy? 7. How Do I Reinvent Myself? 8. How Do I Differentiate Myself from Others? 9. What is My Personal Business Plan? and 10. What Have I Learned?

At first I thought the writing style was a little businesslike but as soon as the introduction was over, the book really got going. Each chapter is broken into little sections and snippets using different colours, small graphics, lists, quotes and stories. It means that even leafing through the book, it doesn't look intimidating and it makes you want to dig in and read.

I also liked the fact that there is a list of the figures and tables contained in the book. It's nothing major but sometimes you just want to have a quick link to specific parts of the book and this gives you an easy reference guide.

I really liked the concept of the book, the execution and how it really does make you feel more positive about the challenges ahead. These kind of books aren't miracle workers, but if you've got the right attitude and you feel that the time is right but want some words of advice - I would recommend this book to you. 4 stars.
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