Self Help (72)

  • Chasing Daylight

    By: Eugene O' Kelly   

    Pages: 201

    Inspiration, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'19

    Brief review: Eugene O'Kelly was the CEO of KPMG when all of a sudden he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He was given just 3 months to live. He was just 53 years of age. Between his diagnosis and death, he wrote this inspirational memoir reflecting upon his life and forthcoming death. The most profound statement he makes in the book is, 'I worked hard and planned all my life for a happy retirement life which never came'.  He coins the word 'unwinding' from relatives, friends and colleagues before he leaves the world. A good read to reflect upon our own lives.

  • The Go-Giver Influencer

    By: Bob Burg & John David Mann   

    Pages: 176

    Sales, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 8th Jan'2019

    Brief review: It's the 4th book of the Go-Giver series. It's about how to create genuine influence during negotiations and problem solving. The key message in the book is to master your emotions, step into the other person's shoes, show genuine empathy and let go of having to be right. While the story lacks depth (The first book in the series - The Go - Giver still remains the best), readers will definitely get an idea or two from the book which is worth learning and implementing.

  • Thinking Straight: Change your thoughts. Change your life.

    By: Darius Foroux   

    Pages: 92

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 29th Dec'2018

    Brief review: We all think all the time. Research says 99% of of it useless. The author suggests that our mind is the most powerful tool on earth and we can change our life by changing the we way we think. What I liked most about this book is that it is short (just around an hour of reading) and to the point.

  • The 5AM Club

    By: Robin Sharma   

    Pages: 314

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 26th Dec'18

    Brief review: The book is all about waking up at 5 AM to make the most of your day and life. It's written in a fictional story format of a self made billionaire who coaches a couple of highly potential but struggling entrepreneur and artist. Robin persuades readers to own your mornings giving examples of some of the most successful and celebrated individuals of the modern world. The key concept is the 20/20/20 rule, suggesting that the first hour of the morning should be used for exercising, planning and reading. The concept is really good, though the author took 300 pages to explain something which could have been done in 3 paragraphs. I guess, the message could have been delivered in  a much simpler and effective manner. 

  • Atomic Habits

    By: James Clear   

    Pages: 271

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 29th Nov'18

    Brief review: James Clear is an habits expert. He disciplined habit of writing two articles a week got him over 5,00,000 email subscribers within a few years. Not only this, he has transformed his life by developing positive habits which he talks about in the book. Over time he has become a habit coach to thousands of people. He suggests that a small change on a regular basis brings in big results over time. He urges his readers to focus on systems rather than goals. He explains his concepts through various diagrams and charts which are easy to understand. Reading this book can help you take a closer look at your own routine, follow good habits and quit bad ones. Though the book has several examples, it also has a lot of unwarranted theory which I didn't find interesting and skimmed through. Overall, a good book to read.

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