I was surprised by this book's entire approach. This author is really philosophical with lots of specific tips. She's not trying to promote ways to reach higher levels of achievement and out-compete others. She doesn't use motivational slogans. Emmett delivers ideas about the meaning of life relating to what is important to us and contrasts them with what we actually do each day. I just can't imagine her on the motivational speech circuit unless managers want to help employees avoid perfectionism.
There were many interesting ideas that form Emmett's philosophy. One is that boredom itself is just as stressful as being stuck in traffic and the like. She makes a very convincing case that our ancestors had constant stress due to uncertainties related to survival. Of course, the stress in our time of constant communications availability and information overload causes us to lack sleep and choose lifestyles that we know are unhealthy. Over time, we can end up losing ourselves while trying to meet the needs of others until we're finally rendered less capable of helping others. Another common trap is that we can come up with unrealistic expectations for ourselves and live a life of stress as a result.
Therefore, Emmett's work is thoughtful and goes much deeper than a typical motivational book. The ideas presented along with tips that make it real can help us improve the quality of our lives. In the process, we might become happier and healthier and end up more successful at work. Thus, the direction of Emmett's philosophy is not to increase the quality of our lives in order to boost one's career. It is the reverse. We are to align what is important to us in life with what we do, and this will help us be happier, healthier and more focused on what is really important. All this might result in more career success or it might not, but at least we are to protect ourselves from letting our work ruin the quality of our lives.
I recommend this book because it is a breath of fresh air. The author is sincere and has suffered herself in life and reached a level of maturity and wisdom. Finally, I think she's correct.