Self Help (68)

  • 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.

  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You

    By: Cal Newport   

    Pages: 304

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 5 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Mar'18

    Brief review: Most of us believe that we should follow our passion. In this book, Newport debunks this belief. Rather, his advice is to be so good in your work that people can't ignore you. This comes from years and years of hard work. Apart from his own hypothesis, he uses examples of other researches like Anders Ericsson who coined the idea of 'deliberate practice' and Malcolm Gladwell who talks about the '10,000 hour rule'. It's a good read as a stand alone book but when I consider the alternatives, I would suggest you to give it a pass.

  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    By: Deepak Chopra   

    Pages: 96

    Philosophy, Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 19th Feb'17

    Brief review: In this short book, Deepak Chopra talks about seven laws which when practiced can give you lifelong success and happiness. Explained in simple language and sometimes hard hitting, you will find lots of wisdom in the book.  The book is a little philosophical too. Key learnings are - know self, practice meditation, cut ego, doing less can accomplish more, uncertainty is the real freedom and many more. It's kind of a pocket book. Do read.

  • Together is Better

    By: Simon Sinek   

    Pages: 140

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 15th Feb'18

    Brief review: It's not a story. It's a collection of quotes and life lessons in form of a fable. Every message is illustrated through an image which makes it even more powerful and absorbing. The presentation of the book is amazing. It a short read of about an hour. If you want some motivation, inspiration and wisdom, you can get you hands on this book.

  • Happy

    By: Derren Brown   

    Pages: 419

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 5 / 10

    Date read: 12th Feb'18

    Brief review: The book explores the meaning of 'happiness' through ancient times until today. It questions many of our beliefs and route to happiness. Some examples and stories shared in the book makes a good reading. However, the punch is missing. Mostly, the author is critical of ideas suggested by other books and philosophers and yet unable to give a straight and simple solution to find happiness. I could not connect the dots and lost my way reading this over 400 page book. It's good to miss this one.

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