08 Jan 2017
in Book Review
Tags: acceptable careers, advice, bold, book, books, cheeky, cheeky humour, chris leben, dearest peasants, fashionista, feminist, funny, gold logie nominee, humor, humour, Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life, Iced Beer and Other Tantalising Tips for Life, instructions for ordering pizza, irreverence, jokes, lee lin chin, light-hearted, manual, newsreader, prime chinster of australia, review, reviews, silly, strange, the feed, unique, unique charm
Iced Beer & Other Tantalising Tips for Life is a short book that is billed as a sort of advice manual by the self-proclaimed “Prime Chinster of Australia”, or Gold Logie nominee, newsreader, and inimitable fashionista known as Lee Lin Chin. This book is a confident look at the important things in Chin’s life and one in which she squarely puts the majority of people down (although to be fair, most of them were morons anyway). Chin is assisted here by The Feed’s Chris Leben, a man that Chin jokes cannot string a sentence together but who manages her social media accounts (because Chin hates technology).
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10 Mar 2016
in Book Review
Tags: advice, anecdotes, are you living your resume or your eulogy?, big questions, book, books, easy t follow, emotional resonance, epic shit, frank, honest, hope, inspirational, larger issues, manual, motivation, motivational book, positive psychology, possibility, potential, psychology, realise your potential, realize your potential, resonates, review, reviews, richard sauerman, self-help, shock people out of complacency, short stories, tales, the brand guy, think about achievements, vignettes, wake up tiger
Are You Living Your Resume Or Your Eulogy? is a little book that contains some big messages. It’s a motivational, self-help one from Richard Sauerman who is better known as “The Brand Guy”. The latter has made it his full-time job to challenge people and teams to do “epic shit” and this title offers just enough positive psychology to enable readers to do the same.
This volume is divided into seven parts and contains anecdotes and inspirational short stories as well as advice that is easy to follow. It is trying to shock people out of their humdrum complacency and make them think twice about their actions. One particularly striking story is about a busking concert violinist in Washington DC that is included in order to remind us about the many beautiful things we pass every day without even noticing.
The biggest message in this manual is to get people thinking about their achievements. It also asks them to question whether their life is being lived like a list of resume items or things they’d actually like to be mentioned in their eulogy. It’s frank and down-to-earth and should allow some people to step back and realise that they’re not living up to their full potential.
Are You Living Your Resume or Your Eulogy? is a hodgepodge of different vignettes, tales and advice, which should force readers to ask some big questions and confront some larger issues. It is ultimately an honest and inspirational chapter that should have a little something that resonates with everybody. In all, this is a small book that offers up some important food for thought.
***Please note: a free copy of this book was given to the writer through a Goodreads giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27919353-are-you-living-your-resume-or-your-eulogy
08 Mar 2015
in Book Review
Tags: advice, book, books, decision fatigue, decision making, e-book, ebook, good advice, habits, how to build self-discipline, how to build self-discipline: resist temptations and reach your long-term goals, human psyche, inspirational, instant gratification, long-term goals, martin meadows, mindful, motivation, motivational, personal growth, phenomena, practical, psychology, realistic, review, reviews, status quo, visualising, visualizing
How To Build Self-discipline is a book that does just as the label says. The e-book is by Martin Meadows, a man who uses a pen name and one that has dedicated his life to constantly reinventing himself through personal growth activities. This is someone who has walked the talk and here he offers readers some practical advice in an easy-to-read format that is nicely summarised at the end of each chapter and above all, is easy to follow.
Meadows does not spend a lot of time going into the dry, scientific studies that provide proof for a lot of the phenomena he describes. Instead, he uses lots of annotations and focuses on the “how”. He looks at why we are motivated by instant gratification and the status quo and how we can be overwhelmed by decision fatigue. He offers good advice on how to be more mindful about making decisions and how visualising and mediating on realistic, long-term goals and forming habits can achieve enduring results.
The book could use a little more elaboration at times and possibly some diagrams to really hit Meadows’ message home. But that said, the book does offer some helpful advice to people who want to change the way they think and act. How to Build Self-discipline is a great starting point and inspirational tool that will enable its readers to employ real and lasting changes in their lives.
***Please note: a free copy of this book was given to the writer through a Library Thing giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit: http://www.librarything.com/work/15753487/reviews