This is a very well written book that outlines how it's not just the individual who creates his/her own success, but how success is dependent on a number of factors that are completely outside of his/her control. He emphasizes the need for hard work - 10,000 hours - a message I believe we don't spend enough time advocating to our children today and he raises what I would consider some valid concerns about our public school system that seems to validate what is also advocated by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat. What we need now is a book that provides some concrete recommendations that can balance the need to better educate ALL children while still allowing them to have "free time" to think, as is urged by professionals like Ned Hallowell, to avoid being "Crazy Busy". The narrator/author has a voice you want to listen to and his personal story at the end should make him more real to you.
The other reviewers are accurate in that the author doesn't cut you any slack nor allow you to be a victim - I am all for that, but even I found the author to be a bit judgemental. If you are already hard core about being self accountable, then this book has some good ideas and things to consider. If you have your feelings easily hurt, I suggest something from the Oprah Book Club.
This is was an excellent read for someone who is not trained in brain science but interested in understanding how the brain works. If you have children and are interested in helping them learn, you will find this one interesting - that's why I chose it. It has changed how I am with my boys, trying to slow down and let them be explorers.
I see my boys struggling to be successful at school and have found this book to be very helpful by providing a framework for giving them what they need to feel good about themselves and feel good about life in general. Raising children isn't just having them, feeding them and making sure they get to school - it's a full time commitment if you want them to have rich lives and be happy with the expectations society and our Creator has for them and for the human race to thrive in general. If you believe this and are looking to understand what is needed to develop your son to fulfill his role in life, then this is a book for you.
This is an excellent book and for those of us with Crazy Busy lifes, being able to listen on the go is extremely helpful. The narrator does an excellent job and the book has a number of good ideas that even the best of us may not have thought of yet. The only challenge, as it would be with any self help book, is when the book gives you charts or lists of activities to do. For those of us with such crazy busy lives, the time to go back and manually recreate the charts and lists of actvities may never come.
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