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4.0 out of 5 stars If not now, when?, 25 July 2009
This review is from: Racing Towards Excellence (Paperback)
Over the last few years I've read a number of books by a number of much older and more experienced authors. It came as a welcome surprise to see a 20 something write a personal development book. I was keen to give it ago and see what was contained within.

The most interesting aspect of the book is the fact it is written from the perspective of a young person and also a more experienced person in a mentor/mentee relationship. The book outlines the stories of both authors lives up until the present before introducing a theoretical background and then applying it to the real world.

Each chapter is written incredibly clearly with visible signposts to ensure the reader does not get lost and the structure of the book helps the reader pinpoint key areas they may want to come back to at future dates. The theory aspect grounds most of the success attributed to both authors and how they've achieved outperformance in their lives to date. It comes as no real surprise then to see much older reviewers whose comments are at the back of the book talking about how this should be 'mandatory reading for those at university' or will 'recommend to my kids at the age of 17' etc and so forth.

The end of each chapter comes with a list of summary points titled 'takeaways' for the reader who may want to identify key points of the chapter easily. Therefore, making this a great book to, not only read from cover to cover but also dip in and out of at the readers own pace.

The major point the authors want to emphasis and it is clearly stated a numerous points throughout the book - READ ALOT and PROBE any areas of interest to yourself in greater detail. This encouraging advice avoids the usual 'telling people what to do' attitude evoked in other personal development books that can come across as preachy. At certain points the authors are aware of areas where they feel they may appear to be condescending but where their points are infact important to note as evident in the chapter on productive leisure. In fact, there are many points where the authors will admit when they've been wrong in the past and have managed to look at other perspectives, dropped previous habits and most importantly outline how you can to.

The 'can do' attitude expressed in this book is backed up with very simple ideas that can be executed. It all depends on the person reading and whether they can commit themselves to doing so.

This book would be best for those who are about to approach University and are ambitious but unsure about how to go about their goals, objectives etc but there is enough in here to for anyone of any age to take something positive away from this. No matter what the goal, dream, aim or vision, this book will help you think, debate and consider different approaches you may not have thought of before in order to achieve your goals. More importantly, it will force an ambitious reader to consider this - if not now, when?
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