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Brilliant little book,
This review is from: What's Stopping You Being More Confident? (Paperback)
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I seem to collect self-help books - especially those geared to confidence, self-esteem, happiness and overcoming depression. The beauty of this book is that it aims to deal with the root cause of lack of confidence and find ways to deal with it. Many other books are referenced within but this, to me, just shows that the author realises that one book isn't likely to change your life and that this particular book will help you on your journey and point you in the right direction.
The book itself is fairly short in size compared to other books on the subject at only 238 pages long. Again, to me, this is a positive as it doesn't look or feel intimidating and therefore you're more likely to pick it up and start to read. There are five parts to the book as well as an introduction, some ending points and a comprehensive index. The five parts are: Explaining Poor Confidence, The Alchemy of Confidence, Achievement, Situations and Barriers. Each part is divided into 5 chapters that deal with specific situations or issues.
The best part of this book is, by far, its readability. The author has a great `voice' that shines through and makes a subject that could be quite flat, interesting and readable. I found myself aiming to read a chapter and then unable to put the book down. The other thing that was so fantastic about this book is that the author clearly understands that the best advice in the world can't be followed in all cases. For example, if you have to work with a difficult colleague, many books will tell you to tell your boss or avoid them. Robert Kelsey points out that, at times, the difficult person *is* your boss - putting a whole other spin on your problem. As he seems to understand that not all problems are the same, he comes up with ways to get past the issue. You might not be able to change other people but you can change the way that you deal with them - and that's the whole point of the book.
I really enjoyed this book. It was helpful, useful and written in a way that makes you want to read. Great author and after I've read this a few more times I think that I might seek out other books by this author. 5 stars.