I've listened to many books on the subject of mindfulness, and this one is the best. Clear and perfectly to the point. Author is fascinating.
There are a couple of worthwhile takeaways. The concepts aren't new, but if they're new to you, that's what matters. Enjoy the process of what you're doing and you're more likely to achieve. We live in a culture that asks us to strive for flawless-ness and perfection. Since we're judged in such static terms, we're unlikely to truly achieve the potential of ourselves and of the projects we take on.
The book itself is a meditation on the subject. The writing is a bit too informal for the book's mission: to get us to consider a healthier and happier way to think about everyday activities and challenges. The examples and language come off as a bit lazy, at times laughable (when does a blooming flower reach perfection? A blooming flower is always perfect). Because of the imprecision of the language, there's a loss of logic and overuse of hyperbolic language. The chapters swing this way, then that way. We talk about the movie The Natural, then worrying less about results and more about process, then how watching TV has little Return on Investment. Awkward.
The audible reading is robotic.
Great concepts to help to get out of your head, especially for those of us who over-think everything. Easy to understand...easy to listen to...easy to apply. Enjoyable.
Author identifies and helps you understand how some ways of thinking are prejudicial to bringing discipline and focus to life, thereby changing your perception towards the way we are normally inclined to do things and, in doing so, effecting change in a more efficient and meaningful way.
Book is short, easy to read and filled with interesting anecdotes that will help you better grasp what is being discussed. I have noticed significant improvements in my abilities to concentrate and focus since applying what was taught in the book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in improving their abilities.
I also got the audio version. You can listen to a chapter every night and finish in a week. Different methods work best for different people, this one worked best for me. I find that the information sinks in best this way.
I also highly recommend that you take some notes of the main points whilst listening/reading. Writing things down also helps you learn them, add to that the fact that you have a concise and neat summary by the time you finish.
Apply what you have learned! Buying and reading the book count for, at best, good intentions. You have to fully integrate the concepts into your life if you want to reap their true benefits.
The author read the book with all the meaning he meant and feelings he had when he wrote it. If someone else would have read the book it may not have had such a strong impact. The authors has rich life insights.
I heard this book on my way to and from work. Immediately I was able to use the insights Mr. Sterner gave. As a Merchandise manager, I get calls,emails and other things which push the limit of what I can concentrate on. Mr. Sterner's message of slow down and focus was needed.
I highly recommend this book and heard it twice. This is a real jem.
The ideas, while not revolutionary were a valuable perspective and one not always applied to the ideas of practice. In being of a growth mindset an essential methodology for thinking for success. Although the delivery was less than exciting the practices ring true for all aspects of life in business, personal skill and relationships. A unique perspective on how you can incorporate a practicing mind(set) into all you do for improved outcomes and enjoyment.
Just love books.
Insightful, practical, obtainable
His narration was excellent. He just exuded patience and calmness.
No, but i listened to it 3 times already.
Just buy it!
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I would listen again. This is because I just could not listen to the book continually during one sitting. I actually listened to two other books while trying to complete this book. Perhaps if I could read in sequence the information would make more sense and be a greater value.
Perhaps, if the narrator adjust reading style based on the material.
Struggling to finish. Lackluster audio performance is making the content feel boring. Some good points, but I can only listen for a short time before getting sick of hearing him talk.