Designing Your Life

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Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life

by Bill Burnett & David Evans

February 2017

Designing Your Life was a short, sweet, excellent book that has given me a lot to think about. Parts were a little redundant, but overall the message came across clearly: you can design the life you want and not feel encumbered by making the “best” choice, simply because there is no “best.” I loved the look and feel of the book (it’s beautiful). Two points in particular stood out to me. The first is the concept of having more than one life. Throughout our life we have the opportunity to live multiple lives. We are not trapped in where we are at in any given moment, but can move onto a different “life” filled with different goals and activities. “There are multiple great lives (and plans) within me, and I get to choose which one to build my way forward to next.” And on top of that, if we’re unhappy in our life, we can design the life we want (and the book contains lots of exercises to guide you).

The second is the concept of choices and how there isn’t a best and worst. “There is no right choice — only good choosing.” You research your options, narrow them down, choose, and instead of worrying and agonizing about if it was the “best,” you let go and move on, accepting your choice and enjoying. I loved those two ideas and I have already started thinking about my life differently!

I really appreciated the conclusion as well. They sum up their points in a dysfunctional belief (what they’re rejecting) and a reframe (their new way of thinking). This is the last one in the book:

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Summing it up: I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it!

All the best, Abbey

The School of Greatness

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The School of Greatness

by Lewis Howes

January 2017

I picked up The School of Greatness because in between my novels I enjoy reading a good self-help book. This one was good overall. I did a fair amount of skimming because I felt a bunch of the content was redundant. However, I got a lot out of it and thought there was so much good content.

This book is essentially how to achieve greatness in what’s important to you and who you are. It details what to do in order to become great and includes a “workbook” section at the end of each chapter. It’s also filled with inspiring stories of different “great” individuals, all of whom conquered some kind of adversity.

One such inspiring person, Kyle Maynard, points out about adversity that ” . . .when we go and focus on these things we have no control over, it brings us nothing but unhappiness.” He goes on to say, “Our perspective is always our choice.” Howes elaborates, “he is echoing what the philosophers have always claimed –that there is no good or bad but only our perceptions.”

Another point Howes makes focuses on not giving up on your goals and dreams, no matter what. He says, “it is the idea and intention behind not giving up or dropping out on giving your best effort at all times.” He elaborates that it’s important to hustle and not get swayed or delayed. He says, “There is a popular saying in entrepreneurial circle that goes something like this: ‘Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.'”

I loved those quotes and the whole feel of the book. Anything is possible. It’s important to find your dream and fight for it no matter what. Adversity can be your fuel. You’re dreams are attainable. And greatness is possible.

Summing it up: this is an inspiring book and is very good. I definitely recommend it!

All the best, Abbey