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WTF Just Happened?: How to Make Better Decisions by Asking Yourself Better Questions Paperback – 30 Jun 2016
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Everyone faces shock moments in their life when they are suddenly left asking themselves What the f... just happened? From political upsets like Brexit and Trump, to personal relationship trauma, to business catastrophes, these unexpected events can very easily leave us upset and unproductive. When you re starting out in business, however, your professional and personal life are inevitably intertwined, so it is more important than ever to have the resilience to bounce back from unfortunate surprises. This interesting book takes an irreverent and pragmatic look at the troubles that most people will experience at some point in their life, and aims to give you the tools to cope and respond well. It draws on scientific research into human behaviour, offering readers insights into the reasons why people often behave irrationally and providing suggestions as to how to avoid such behaviour themselves. Of course this book will not stop bad things happening to your business suppliers will go bust, markets will crash, regulations will change but it will help prevent you reacting badly if they do. --Start Your Business magazine
We all have moments in life where the rug is spectacularly pulled out from beneath us. You lose your job, you discover your child is ill or your partner leaves you - and most of us don t cope well. The author offers advice and tips for those pivotal WTF moments that happen and the strategies are interesting, funny and informative. Martin Goodyer spent 20 years as a psychologist and has also managed hotels - so he s seen a lot in his time. It s a great read - after all, you never know what might happen. --Natasha Harding, SFTW Books, The Sun newspaper
This is an interesting book. First up, it s a great cover, and that s not always a given, so good marks for that. Next is the question of if learning from other people s f@@kups is necessarily the best way to proceed. There are some useful insights, horror stories, and silly things that people did that messed up things for themselves. You can draw some useful insights from some of the things that people did, and aim to apply that wisdom to your own decisions. For some people this could be a really useful book. Personally the longer I read it, the more it felt like a slightly negative way of doing things. Goodyer does offer the caveat This is not a self-help book. The self-help bit is up to you. Here is why: self-help books are OK, but many are not great. They normally tell you to do this or that and then you ll be fine but real life isn t usually that simple and good advice is only useful if you can remember to use it. Stories, on the other hand, stick with you, and these cautionary tales could help you avoid your own WTF moments. Thing is, I begun to wonder if living by a series of don t do this or that lists might be a bit of a fearful and negative way to live. In some of the evaluations of the people who did WTF things, you did wonder if some scores were being settled in relation to the characters described too -> but maybe that s the privilege you get if you write the book! Goodyer might be right though, perhaps it takes a horror story to burn the lesson into your memory. We ve all encountered those rude, brash, horrible people too, so if this book helps to enable some of them to realise they are about to encounter their own WTF moment, then perhaps the book will have helped someone at the right time. --Simon Cocking, Irish Tech News
About the AuthorCurrently researching a PhD, psychologist Martin Goodyer has a fascinating and unique background. As well as managing international hotels, coaching executives in global boardrooms and writing books and papers on coaching, Martin has appeared on ITV s Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie, Channel 4 s The Fit Farm and BBC radio.
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It's a good read, well written and easy to engage with. The real life stories work well because unlike a lot of "self help" books it's actually a bit like reading a gripping short story with the moral of the story/advice delivered in an upbeat conversational tone. It never makes you feel like you're wading through some kind of mindfulness text book or that you're being preached at, it simply shines a light on something we all do and helps you manage it better.
It's a resfreshing approach & it has worked for me as a tool to help battle Stress & Depression. I'm now busy annoying my loved ones by telling them how to avoid their "WTF moments" too.
As it turned out, the arrival of the book was incredibly timely. I was in the middle of a very personal WTF moment. I had some time, the front cover was telling me it would help me make better decisions by asking myself better questions, so picked up the book.........I read about Tony and Gemma, then Helen and several others and very quickly began to make sense of where I was at. I could relate to having encountered nearly all of the scenarios at some point in my life. The advice which Martin gives in the book resonated and gave me clarity on the questions which I needed to ask myself to get the outcomes which I needed to move forward. The book was so easy to read that I went cover to cover in a single day. I strongly recommend this book to anyone, I guarantee that there will be situations contained within it that that you will relate to, if not today then at some point in the future. The advice and guidance may prevent you from ever asking the question "WTF Just Happened ?".
The next time I see Martin, I'll be able to tell him that not only did I buy his book, but that I also read it and I can thank him for the help it gave me in moving forward. I suspect that the outcome of that conversation will be significantly better than telling him I bought his book and let it gather dust.......
I shall be definitely referring to it in my moments of WTF!