REVIEWS & SUMMARIES

On this page you’ll find summaries and reviews of selected resources taken from my “Favorites” page. My hope is that these entries will help you decide what you’d like to read based on your personal needs and interests. Sometimes a book title isn’t enough to give you a feel for what it offers, but a quick summary or review is more informative and can help you decide if it’s worth your time. I’ll be posting a new review once a month, so check back often and feel free to email me if there is a specific resource you’d like me to check out or review.

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits by James Clear

My favorite non-fiction read of 2019 was Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear. If you haven’t read it yet, go get it today in whatever your favorite mode of reading may be, and read it! I chose Kindle which is mine, and scarfed it up!

Let’s start with 3 ideas that are included in the first several chapters:

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Essentialism

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

I recently had the pleasure of reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Actually the full title with subtitle is Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

McKeown’s premise is that we can’t do it all, and the idea that we can is simply false and leads us down the rabbit hole in a maze of diversionary paths that keep us from doing anything well.

By saying yes to everyone, taking on everything, trying to please all parties, and kidding ourselves that we can always add just one more thing, we end up not doing those things that are most important to us. Instead we diffuse our energy, our will power, and even our interest.

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