Spartan Up! Summary

Spartan Up! SummaryA Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life

You read this title and probably asked yourself: what does an ancient state have to do with the modern world?

Well, the image of the strong, persistent and the motivated Spartan soldier can be used as an inspiration for us to get out of our comfort zones and create more than just mediocre lives!

How?

Read on to find out.

Who Should Read “Spartan Up!” and Why?

“Spartan Up!” shows you why you need to become stronger in order to lead a meaningful life.

It allows you to see that the purpose of your life depends solely on you and that you have to push yourself if you want to create meaning.

We recommend it to all young people whose lives are full of distractions, as well as to all the people that feel as if their lives have lost meaning and are looking for a sense of purpose.

About Joe de Sena

Joe de SenaJoe De Sena is a child of a family that lost all of the possessions in the market crash of the 80s and has worked from rock bottom all the way to the top.

He is a co-founder and CEO of Spartan race.

“Spartan Up! Summary”

You have heard about Sparta, right?

It has been the strongest military force, among all of the ancient Greek states, known for the mentality and strength of its soldiers.

What we want for you to achieve is to become a Spartan yourself in this modern world.

People need to become strong more than ever.

Life has never been as comfortable as it is nowadays, which makes our everyday predictable and boring.

The pressures to make a living make us work jobs we do not enjoy doing, and the fast lifestyle makes us forget about our passions and fill our heads with excuses why we cannot do what we really want to do.

To live a fulfilling life, you have to change something in your life!

You may say that you have tried but never did make the actual change.

Well, that is because whenever we decide to take control over our lives and change our habits for better ones, we feel an instant rush of motivation.

The problem is that this motivation lasts for only a few moments, a few days, and after that, it wears off.

An even bigger issue that “kills” the remaining of our motivation, is our need for immediate results.

If we do not see the results at the moment – we give up.

Also, we trade the results we want, but we need to wait for, for much smaller ones in the present.

However, you need to realize that instant gratification is a trap and should be avoided.

Avoiding it is a significant aspect of personal development and creating a strong and persistent mentality.

Next, you have to take the reigns of your own life.

You cannot control the external events and pressures which make life either easy or challenging, but you do control how fulfilling your life is.

Not only you control it – but fulfillment depends solely on you.

So, keep your dreams high, and prepare to achieve them.

On your road to your dreams, strengthen your endurance. You will need it!

The best way to persist in hard times is to prepare for them.

First, plan your goals and the steps you are going to take towards them. Also, create a worst case scenario which will help you put things into perspective, and shield you from disappointment.

When you start following your plan keep a journal of successes and failures, where you will record your achievements and applaud yourself, or where you will study your failures and see their roots.

So far we talked about goals and how you can achieve them, although “Spartan Up” focuses on achieving a strong physique.

However, the path you need to follow is the same.

Set a goal, plan for it and log in your successes and failures on the way.

Finally, do not worry about all the things you cannot control, and instead of wasting your time and energy on complaining, act in the areas you can change.

Key Lessons from “Spartan Up”

1.      Prove How Fit You Are
2.      Delay Gratification
3.      Find Your Own Happiness and Purpose

Prove How Fit You Are

The author of “Spartan Up!”, Joe de Sena has created the Spartan Race to challenge the participants of it and make them tough.

Through his own experience, he concluded that participating in such races makes him happier and healthier, and most importantly pushes him to delay gratification, which he considers very significant.

Delay Gratification

Maybe you have heard of the marshmallow experiment, which was first conducted by Walter Mischel.

She studied kids, their behaviors, and abilities to resist a marshmallow, and followed their lives later on.

The conclusion of the experiment, after all the kids have grown up, was that those who were able to delay gratification ended up living much better lives.

Find Your Own Happiness and Purpose

Life can either be easy or hard and many times that will not be something that depends on you.

However, how fulfilling your life is is solely your responsibility.

So make sure that you take up challenges and force yourself to do things that will enrich your life experience.

Do not complicate things, and make a simple plan that will yield big results.

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“Spartan Up” Quotes

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Our Critical Review

Although this book seems to promise a lot, it is more constructed as beginners manual for those who are just finding out that their lives need to have meaning, and that it is up to them to create it.

Although we have to note that it seems that the book is a way that the author promotes his races and business. However, that does not mean that the scientific facts he includes in it are untrue – it just means that for the more practical approach to changing your life, you will need to look elsewhere.

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Happier at Home Summary

Happier at Home SummaryKiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

Do you feel happy? If not, you probably think that you’re pretty far from feeling even an ounce of happiness.

Well, Gretchen Rubin says that you’re wrong. Because all you need is some small changes and no more than nine months to be “Happier at Home.”

Who Should Read “Happier at Home”? And Why?

There are two types of people: those who like adventures, and those who want peace. “Happier at Home” is for the latter: it claims that you don’t really need anything more than a nicely organized home and a loving family to be happy.

By the end of this book, even the adventurers may concur.

About Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen RubinGretchen Rubin is an American author and blogger, usually writing about the three h-s of happiness: human nature, home, and habits. And she writes with a lot of humor.

Her books have sold more than 3 million copies, and her personal website – https://gretchenrubin.com/ – has more than 700,000 subscribers and is one of the most popular of its kind.

She is the author of many books, among them “The Four Tendencies,” “The Happiness Project,” and “Better Than Before.”

“Happier at Home Summary”

By now, we’ve featured Gretchen Rubin quite about enough times so that you can remember her as the author of few books whose subtitles are longer than some of Hemingway’s short stories.

This one’s no exception: “Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life.”

OK. Now, do I really need to read the book? Or is this everything I need to do so as to be, as its title states, “happier at home”?

Of course you should – and of course it isn’t. But, it gives you a glimpse of what the book is all about. Namely, the small stuff. You know, the stuff which makes life world living.

Because that’s what the happier-at-home project is most interested in. It’s a nine-month program which, by the end of it, should make you feel happy about yourself, your home, and your everyday routines.

But, let’s not get carried away – if your home was as it was supposed to be, you wouldn’t need a nine-month project. So, before starting with it, let’s make a list of what is good and what is bad about it.

In other words, ask yourself four fundamental questions:

1. What makes you feel good when you are at home?
2. What makes you feel bad when you are at home?
3. What do you need to do in order to feel more as in 1 than as in 2?
4. What do you need to do in order to continually grow even though staying at home?

Now that you know where you’re heading, it’s time for the essential spring-cleaning exercise. “A messy room equals a messy mind,” Marie Kondo wrote in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” And Gretchen Rubin did the experiment to find out it is true.

Decluttering your home from the stuff you don’t need will result in freeing your home for the stuff which makes you feel happy and satisfied. And the bonus is – that the same happens in your mind as well.

Now, you’re ready to fill it with the stuff that really matters: your family.

You see, Gandhi’s idea that you need to be the change you want to see in the world matters nowhere as definitely as in your house. You want to have an affectionate and caring partner who will rarely get stressed and nervous? Then – be one yourself. Until you inspire him or her to become one.

Because, you see, in families, people learn from each other. If you give up smoking, there are 67 percent chance that your partner will too. That means about 7 in 10 couples!

Now, if that doesn’t motivate you to become nicer and more thoughtful – nothing will!

Of course, being happy is related by definition to protecting yourself from unhappiness. Which, in other words, means at least three things.

First of all, avoiding unhappy people who drain your energy. Secondly, using different stimuli in the present to bring back past memories to get you up when you are down. And finally, resisting temptations which, turn you into an instant gratification monkey, i.e., someone who sacrifices his future more permanent happiness for a brief moment of satisfaction in the present.

Key Lessons from “Happier at Home”

1.      Declutter Your House, Declutter Your Mind
2.      Avoid the Unhappiness Leeches
3.      Remember the Pareto Principle – and Act Accordingly

Declutter Your House, Declutter Your Mind

Your brain is a mighty organ. So powerful, in fact, that it’s almost impossible to control it. In other words, it notices things at least few hundred milliseconds before you (yes, that’s quite about right). Free will? Nah – it may be just an illusion.

Anyway, if your brain is capable of noticing things all around you and react accordingly, you may help him at least at the place where you spend most of your day, i.e., your home.

Declutter it!

If there are some things which remind you of chaos or unfinished business – throw them away. Get some headspace. And fill your room – and your brain – with the things that matter the most.

Avoid the Unhappiness Leeches

Now, as hard as you try, there’s a high chance that all your effort will go down the drain the very minute you meet a person who seems immune to your cheerfulness and, in fact, tries to infect you with his dark energy.

There are three types of these unhappiness leeches, says Gretchen Rubin. The first kind is the slackers who feign helplessness in order to get your attention. The second ones are the gossipers who have no lives of their own, so they try to make laugh of the ones who do. And the third kind is the grouches, the needy and the pessimistic folks who counter your joy at seeing a rainbow with a “Meh, it’s just a natural phenomenon…”

Do we need to say more?

It’s pointless to spend time with people who make you unhappy.

Just avoid them.

Remember the Pareto Principle – and Act Accordingly

A positive attitude is the right attitude – no matter what the initial stimulus is. So says Dalai Lama. So says Gretchen Rubin as well. Because only 20 percent of your happiness is the result of the things which happen to you. The other 80 are decided by your reactions.

For example, once Rubin’s daughter spilled some nail polish on the floor. Gretchen could have raged all day about it – but that wouldn’t have changed anything. So, she just asked her nicely to quickly research the best ways they can deal with the stain. In the end, Gretchen’s daughter found a solution.

The results?

No stain, no anger, no remorse.

And a newly acquired skill. (Which, by the way, we should learn too).

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“Happier at Home” Quotes

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Our Critical Review

There are few things you can never get enough of. Happiness is certainly on the top of this list. And, consequently, books which help you be happier as well.

“Happier at Home” is one such book. It may not be the best one – but it is both wittily written and applicable. So – you can’t ask much more, can you?

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The Big Leap Summary

The Big Leap SummaryConquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level 

Everyone has dreams, but not everyone lives them.

We tell you why, and show you how you can go from being a dreamer to being a doer.

Who Should Read “The Big Leap” and Why?

“The Big Leap” is a book about dreams and fears, and how beating the fears and self-imposed limits can make all of those dreams come true.

We recommend this read to people who are trying to find the direction of their lives, or who are not satisfied with how life plays out so far, and want to transform their reality.

About Gay Hendricks

Gay HendricksGay Hendricks is a bestselling self-help author and a psychologist who specializes in couple’s therapy.

“The Big Leap Summary”

Our lives are determined by our behaviors, the challenges we take, and the excuses we make.

Sadly, we all have a dream which we never got to make real because of the excuses we constantly come up with.

We are driven and limited by fear of the unknown and fear of change.

To live a truly exceptional life you need to understand that no one ever promised you or told you that life is going to be easy.

The beauty of life is in fighting for what you want and the enjoyment you get after making a significant effort.

All of this time you are the one that is keeping away from a life of happiness.

Oddly, many humans resist happiness, self-imposing imaginary limits to how happy life should be.

And once they come close to their imaginary limit, they tend to sabotage themselves.

This is also connected to the fear of realizing your dreams and achieving your full potential, or what the author calls the upper limit mindset.

First, people tend to be afraid that when they become the best that they can be, there will run out of excuses to make their dreams come true.

Second, they think that once they realize their dreams, there will be nothing left to strive for.

If you want to truly experience success and be happy, you have to “cure” all of these unhealthy behaviors and beliefs.

And then, you have to take the big leap into the life of happiness.

This leap will not be easy to do – it requires a lot of confidence.

However, there are ways to overcome the fears and gain this confidence and finally, arrive at the place of bliss.

The first technique is breathing.

You have probably heard about the calming effects of breathing since it is used as a technique in meditation.

The breathing we are talking about is focused one, and lets you take control of your thoughts and fears and transform them into strengths.

Then, another problem is the upper limit mindset, which we already mentioned shortly above, which you can fix by not letting your guard down.

In fact, the problems arise only when you get the illusion that you have what you want, you let your guard down, and then become vulnerable to disappointments if things do not go as planned or wished.

To cure this mindset it is also important to recognize it, and you can do it by catching yourself when you start worrying.

So, the next time you feel worried, stop for a second and question the source that fuels these worries.

Finding the source will help you find the solution.

There are two types of worries you may have: the ones connected to issues you have control over, and the ones relating to issues you do not have control over.

If you are worried about something you can change, then stop worrying and start acting.

However, most of the times when you start questioning your worries, you will realize that they are not connected to something that depends on your actions, some of them are about issues and situations that have not yet arrived, and may never happen, and most of them are not even actual problems.

When you realize it is that kind of worry that is burdening you, accept that you cannot do anything to change it, and promise yourself to resolve the problem when it actually happens (if it does).

Life is too short to spend it worrying, wishing and questioning.

Instead of doing that, why don’t you just live it?

Key Lessons from “The Big Leap”

1.      We Are Imposing the Limits to Our Own Happiness
2.      Do not Become a Victim of Fear and Self-Sabotage
3.      Strive to Get to the Zone of Genius

We Are Imposing the Limits to Our Own Happiness

Our possibilities are limited only by our minds.

Everything that we are doing nowadays was once believed to be impossible.

The same goes for happiness: believing that happy moments are rare and short will lead you to live a life lacking happiness.

Changing your mindset is the most crucial step in changing your reality.

Do not Become a Victim of Fear and Self-Sabotage

Many people sabotage themselves because of their fear of either failure or success.

We all have a belief of how much we deserve, and if we think we may get more than that, we tend to sabotage ourselves.

Why?

Because we believe that things that seem too good to be “true” certainly are.

This is called the upper limit mindset, which makes us complicate our lives and create unnecessary problems.

Strive to Get to the Zone of Genius

Four zones of work exist zone of incompetence, zone of competence, a zone of excellence and zone of genius. Of course, you should strive to work in the last one.

Do not think that being the best in what you do is something impossible – just remember the first lesson!

Challenge yourself and watch how your life transforms.

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Fear is excitement without the breath. Here’s what this intriguing statement means: the very same mechanisms that produce excitement also produce fear, and any fear can be transformed into excitement by breathing fully with it. Click To Tweet Letting yourself savor natural good feelings is a direct way to transcend your Upper Limit Problem. By extending your ability to feel positive feelings, you expand your tolerance for things going well in your life. Click To Tweet In my life, I’ve discovered that if I cling to the notion that something’s not possible, I’m arguing in favor of limitation. And if I argue for my limitations, I get to keep them. Click To Tweet Criticism and blame are addictions. They are costly addictions because they are the number-one destroyer of intimacy in close relationships. Click To Tweet I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“The Big Leap” is a book about taking chances in life and finally making relevant decisions, instead of just wishing for things to change.

It is a book which is highly motivational but sadly lacks practical advice, although there are some exercises which you can do.

In any case, if you do not feel motivated, we recommend you start here.

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The Art of Nonconformity Summary

The Art of Nonconformity SummarySet Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

The world can be yours – you just have to gather enough courage to grab it.

Who Should Read “The Art of Nonconformity” and Why?

You are the one that is in charge of your present and future. So, start acting like it.

The best way to play the game of life is to set your own rules and walk your own path. Be authentic and use your unique set of skills to leave a mark on this world.

We recommend “The Art of Nonconformity” for all people who are not afraid to take the alternate path to fulfilling their dreams.

About Chris Guillebeau

Chris GuillebeauChris Guillebeau is a bestselling author, a regular contributor to Business Week, CNN.com, and the Huffington Post, and an expert on international travel and creative self-employment.

He recently managed to accomplish his dream of visiting every country on the planet.

“The Art of Nonconformity Summary”

We all would like living a fulfilling life (or so we say).

However, we often stay at the point of wishing for changes and dreaming of a better reality, without ever getting close to accomplishing it.

We are too reluctant to make changes, or even worse, we get lost not knowing what we want from life and what is our purpose.

Without knowing what are the things you want you cannot accomplish anything by average, or below average results: having a mediocre life in which you are just doing what is done by everyone else, without ever questioning its purpose.

Do you really want to spend your best years working behind a desk for 40 hours a week, trying to earn money for your mortgage which you will finally pay off in 20-30 years?

It does not sound that attractive doesn’t it?

Then, why do so many people end up living that way?

Because most people want to play it safe – to walk the road they already know the end of.

However, that will drain the excitement of your life.

That is why we urge you to decide what you want from your life, without following what has always been done in your environment.

Do not worry; it is entirely normal to fear the unknown and to be afraid of change.

But, without making a change or taking a leap forward, you will always hear your inner voice asking if the mundane every day are all there is to life.

So, face that fear, and beat it!

To do so, you must first acknowledge its existence and to understand its roots.

After you do that, mentally prepare yourself. You can do this by either by thinking about the worse possible scenarios or by connecting your achievements to “carrots” or rewards.

Fear is always the strongest before you hit the wall of change, trying to push you back to your comfort zone.

Once you get past that point, you will feel liberated and empowered, as well as strong enough to challenge yourself and achieve greatness.

Of course, it is not your inner limits that are the only ones that keep you from achieving extraordinary results.

There are also external factors which imprison you in your comfort zone as well.

Such are the gatekeepers, who are authority figures that limit your choices.

They will show you the number of choices you have, creating an illusion of freedom, while at the same time keeping you away from what really matters and is valuable to you.

It is true that gatekeepers are powerful and have high authority, but if you feel that such restrictions make you unhappy, you can challenge them.

First, you need to understand them and study if the rules they impose are truly democratic.

Next, you can change the rules of the game by looking for alternative approaches.

To do all of this you will also have to create your “army” which will help you achieve your goals.

Your army is the people that your success depends upon, such as fans, customers, or patrons.

To find and recruit your army, you need to look at things from their perspective and find a way to satisfy their needs through what you are doing.

In other words, you need to help your army, for it to assist you in return.

Lastly, apart from finding a way to make a living by following your passion, you need also to become a conscious spender.

Do not spend your money without a clear purpose. Happiness and money are not correlated as you may think.

Instead, what you do with the money makes you happy or not.

So, realize what your values are, and create your budget according to that.

You can always find money, as well as time, for the things you always wanted to do.

All it requires is some time management and life planning.

Key Lessons from “The Art of Nonconformity”

1.      The Best Job Security You Have Are Your Skills and Competence
2.      Challenge the Gatekeepers
3.      Leave a Mark Behind

The Best Job Security You Have Are Your Skills and Competence

Job security does not depend on external factors like the company you work in, but on the competencies and skills, you have that keep you competitive on the market.

Do not put your career and security in other people’s hands – it is not theirs to handle.

Challenge the Gatekeepers

Some authorities will give you a set of choices and create the illusion that you are free but actually limit your path.

These authorities are called gatekeepers.

However, even though gatekeepers have a lot of power, you can always challenge them or change the rules of the game you play.

Leave a Mark Behind

People do not live forever, but what they do just might.

The secret to leading a fulfilling life is to use your skills and talents for doing work that matters and leaves an impact on the world.

So, find what you can contribute to, and do it.

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Unreasonable, unrealistic, and impractical are all words used to marginalize a person or idea that fails to conform with conventionally expected standards. Click To Tweet When we really get serious about our insecurities, we usually find that three specific fears emerge: the fear of failure, the fear of success, and the fear of change. Click To Tweet What if you save for 40 years, putting off all kinds of opportunities, then get hit by a bus the day before retirement? Better to plan for the future while also living in the present. Click To Tweet People say that what we’re seeking is a meaning for life,” he began before clarifying, “I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. What we seek is an experience of being alive. Click To Tweet The concept of deferred gratification, or sacrificing now to save for the future, can be helpful in setting aside money in a retirement account for old age. It can also serve as an effective rationalization for life avoidance. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“The Art of Nonconformity” is one of those books suitable for everyone. It is highly motivational and shows you how you can master the art of nonconformity in any area of your life, regardless of your life choices and personal background.

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Out of Our Minds Summary

Out of Our Minds SummaryThe Power of Being Creative

Are you creative?

Did you have to think twice? Did you say no?

You are mistaken!

You are creative. You just have to find out how to wake up that part of yourself.

Who Should Read “Out of Our Minds” and Why?

“Out of Our Minds” is a book that will teach readers why creativity is more important than ever, and show them the way that they should transform their mindset and perspective on the topic, in order to prosper in the modern business world.

We recommend it to everyone who wants to keep up with changing times, and preparing for the future, in which creativity will surely be the companies’ competitive edge.

About Sir Ken Robinson

Ken RobinsonSir Ken Robinson is an author, a speaker, consultant, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Warwick and a renowned leader in the field of creative development.

“Out of Our Minds Summary”

If we ask you if you are creative, what will you say?

Most people would get embarrassed, and say a few words about lacking any artistic skills.

Those people misunderstand creativity.

They believe that it is a gift, a talent which is reserved only for the lucky few who have been born with overflowing talent to paint, write, or compose music.

As you may already guess, that is not the case.

Look around you.

The phone you are holding, the device you are reading this summary on, they are all products of creative people.

The medicine you use when you are sick, the bed you sleep on, and every single thing that surrounds you is such a product as well.

Everything in this world has once been invented, and once created has been continuously improved.

For such advancements, creativity is essential.

Everyone can be creative since creativity can be taught. Creativity is a potential which everyone can choose to use.

Sadly, our education does not teach us to be creative, but only feeds are facts we need to memorize.

However, as the world is changing drastically, creativity is not only needed but an essential business skill to learn.

The competitive edge will soon become so strong, that it will only matter which company has the best creative ideas.

Also, people will have to get used to changing jobs, since having just one vocation over the course of an entire working career, will be something impossible.

Adaptability and flexibility will be the traits that will decide who survives in the contemporary market.

To be able to change the working environment, the world needs first to change the educational system we already mentioned.

In the traditional educational system, each stage of education builds upon the previous one.

Successful students are those who have successfully progressed through all logical stages, as imagined. Schools emphasize mathematics and pay less attention to humanities, and the least attention to art.

However, the world has changed so much that this system is no longer as useful as it once was.

What we see nowadays are huge numbers of graduates, who are not actually ready for the real requirements that come with a job and a transformed market.

So, the change has to happen, especially in the field of creativity.

Self-expression, and the ability to think creatively are crucial for the workers of the future.

Just think about it. What is the difference between humans and other animals?

Is it the ability produce sounds, or the ability to walk on two feet?

No, it is not.

What sets us apart is our brain and most of all the scope of our imagination.

Humans use imagination to see way beyond the present moment and circumstances.

People can travel in the past through their memories, understand the present by considering different perspectives, and anticipate the future by creating different possible scenarios.

Creativity is imagination at work.

It enables people to see more than just a piece of wood in front of them: they can see a table, a chair, or something else that can make life easier and more comfortable.

That is the same with every material, with every sound and every little detail that surrounds us.

When people put their creative ideas into practice, innovation happens.

This world is built on innovative practices.

So, forget about filling up your mind with endless lists of facts. Facts are important, but only if you can use them to come up with something new.

Instead of thinking that factual knowledge will make you a better worker, start understanding that only creativity can make you truly valuable.

In the end, anyone can learn how to do the job in the way it was always done – but only creative and exceptional people will think of ways to do it better.

Key Lessons from “Out of Our Minds”

1.      The Steps of a Creative Process
2.      Misconceptions About Innovation
3.      Creativity is the Competitive Edge of Modern Companies

The Steps of a Creative Process

Each creative process consists of two steps.

The first one is generating new ideas, and the second one is evaluating the generated ideas.

Not all ideas can and should be accepted. Most of them need to be refined, while some of them need to be rejected as well.

Misconceptions About Innovation

Many managers act in the wrong way when they are trying to promote innovation in their companies.

They constantly fear that if they do decide to do it, they alone will have to carry the burden of coming up with creative ideas.

However, managers and business leaders need to understand that a leader is someone who creates an environment which enables and motivates others to be creative.

Creativity is the Competitive Edge of Modern Companies

It is no longer important just to be well educated, but to also know how to think creatively.

Rules change fast in the modern world, and only flexible people that know how to transform as fast as their environment and think of ways to satisfy the emerging needs of the customers can make it.

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If all you had was academic ability, you wouldn't have been able to get out of bed this morning. Click To Tweet What we become as our lives evolve depends on the quality of our experiences here and now. Click To Tweet The task of education is not to teach subjects: it is to teach students. Click To Tweet Being in your element is not only about aptitude, it’s about passion: it is about loving what you do. Click To Tweet Our ideas can enslave or liberate us. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“Out of Our Minds” explains why creativity is important, what is the fault at the educational system, and what society can do about creating creative generations that can prosper in the turbulent market.

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Stumbling on Happiness Summary | FREE PDF |

Stumbling on Happiness PDFDon’t let your fears stop you from taking chances.

Read on and get motivated to act.

Who Should Read “Stumbling on Happiness” and Why?

“Stumbling on Happiness” discusses bad decisions and the impact they have on our lives.

However, the book focuses on not doing anything as the worst decision of all, so we recommend this book to all readers who are afraid to take action afraid of the consequences.

About Daniel Gilbert

Daniel GilbertDaniel Gilbert is an award-winning researcher, author and a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

Apart from books, his writing has appeared in a handful of publications like TIME and the New York Times.

“Stumbling on Happiness PDF Summary”

The brain works interestingly.

Did you know that our visions have a blind spot, an angle which the eye does not catch and cannot see images?

However, whenever you look at a surrounding or a picture, you do not notice your blind spot – what you see is a whole image.

How does that happen?

Well, your brain has the ability to fill up the details by scanning the area around your blind spot.

And you are not even aware of it.

Why are we telling you this?

Because it is essential for you to understand the power of our brains.

Similarly, as with pictures and vision, our mind can also fill up the missing details of reality. In other words, what we see is not a reflection of the world, but partly an image created by our mind.

Our brain also plays a big part in the details we add to our memories.

Whenever you think of a past event, it is impossible that you remember everything that has happened to detail, since your life is filled with too many information to store.

However, your brain picks up key emotions and details of events and uses them to recreate the memory when you “need it.”

This means that even past events that we are confident that occurred are not entirely facts, but are a mixture of reality and our brain’s fictive imaging.

Also, our brain is wired in a way that it stores more information about the unusual than about the common and mundane.

Now, the problem arises when the brain uses the same kind of power for creating images of our future.

How many times has it happened to you that you only know that you will do one thing for a fact, but you already have a scenario in had of how that thing is going to play out?

The brain may know just one information – for example, that you have a date tonight, and create a whole story around that one piece of information.

What is the problem then?

Well, once you create an image of a future event, you cannot imagine it playing out another way.

In other words, you create an expectation.

And we all know how disappointing it is when your expectations do not get met.

But disappointment is not the danger here. Belief in predictions about the future is.

Sometimes we mistake our own mental images with facts about the future, which can affect our behavior and decisions.

You need to remember that your current emotions have a large impact on the image you create about the future.

However, we are not saying that you should not take chances.

Most of the time you will regret all the things that you did not try to do than those you did and made a mistake.

The truth is, mistakes can be great teachers, while idleness will bring you nothing.

However, accept that there are and there always will be unpleasant events and situations and life and prepare to face them.

Interestingly enough, our brains are made in such a way that we distress more about small and trivial misfortunes than about significant matters.

How come?

Well, our brains protect us from big and really stressful events.

When it comes to minor shocks, on the other hand, they leave the ball in our court.

But our brains also allow us to induce positive worldview.

The only thing you need to do to become more positive is to surround yourself with people and information that backs up your perspective.

In other words, you need to control the information that you are letting get to you and limit it just to information that is positive.

Yes, it is time you look at the direction of happiness and ignore everything else!

Key Lessons from “Stumbling on Happiness”

1.      Your Brain Creates Whole Images Out of Pieces of Information
2.      Compare Products Based on Their Value
3.      Take Chances

Your Brain Creates Whole Images Out of Pieces of Information

Our brains are capable of creating a whole image out of a few, or sometimes even out of just one piece of information.

Often, when it does that, it is wrong.

This means that your memories are not completely factual, and that indulging in predicting the future can prove destructive to the choices you make, since what you think of as predicting based on facts, is actually daydreaming.

Compare Products Based on Their Value

Whenever you compare products, do not compare them based on their past princes.

Prices will go up, and if you allow yourself to think like this, you will always get frustrated.

Instead, compare products based on their value. Just think about what else you can get for the price you are paying.

Take Chances

It is essential you take chances, make choices, and simply act.

Do not get worried about making mistakes, since you are more likely to regret chances you did not take.

Accept that bad experiences are part of life, and take action.

Plus, adverse times can be great teachers.

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“Stumbling on Happiness” Quotes

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Our Critical Review

“Stumbling on Happiness” explores bad decisions and why we make wrong choices.

Having in mind that the consequences of a wrong step can be quite big. However, at times, this book underestimates these consequences, by giving them the power to change our worldview in a way that we are able to see the good in bad situations.

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Rewire Summary

Rewire SummaryChange Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior

Have you tried multiple times to change a bad habit but never succeeded? Do you sometimes overreach and behave in ways that are self-destructive and only hurt you?

Do not worry; it no longer has to be that way.

Read our summary of “Rewire” and find out how you can finally change your life.

Who Should Read “Rewire” and Why?

All of us are in the same boat: we all have some bad habits that we would like to get rid of.

We all had instances when we acted in a way that was not beneficial to our overall happiness.

That is why we believe that everyone can benefit from reading “Rewire.”

It is a book which will help you understand yourself better, and find a way to improve.

About Richard O’Connor

Richard O’Connor is an author, a psychotherapist and has formerly been an executive director of the Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health in Connecticut, USA.

“Rewire Summary”

At times, we do things that hurt us.

Then, we wish we could go back in time and take back whatever we did or said.

Not rarely we enter a chain of self-destructive behavior which does not enrich our lives in any way.

But, this thought and behavior patterns are common for everyone and are part of us being human.

However, knowing that you are not the only person who makes mistakes, does not mean that you should just keep living the old way.

Instead, we propose another thing: understand yourself, and then take a step forward and “Rewire” your brain.

How?

Do not worry; we will cover this as well.

First, let us explain why we make wrong choices, even in instances when we know we will regret them later.

All of us have two selves: an automatic and a conscious self both of which affect our decisions.

The automatic self, just like its name proposes, acts without us exercising control over it – it is mindless.

The conscious self, on the other hand, uses reasoning and rationality.

Can you guess which part is responsible for the decisions you regret?

That is right: the automatic self.

This means that if you want to change your destructive habits, you have to try to act consciously most of the time or keep your automatic self in control.

Although having a more dominant conscious self is great, not many people achieve it.

However, it is, as we already said, possible (and even more effective) to train your automatic self in a way that positively affects your conduct.

Biologically speaking, it is known that our brains are continuously building new cells and links among them.

Hence, when you do something often, your brain will create more connections between those brain selves.

As you do the action again and again, and as the connections between nerves grow, it will become a habit.

There are two types of habits you can have: good habits and bad habits.

You cannot change a bad habit just by fighting it. Instead, you need to replace it with a good habit.

There are also some habits that we think are good, but are actually self-destructive.

These are called self-serving biases, which distort our worldview: we feel like we are responsible for our good traits, but the world is to blame for all the bad ones.

The bad news is that we have many habits, especially in our automatic self, and it is not easy to replace or “unlearn” them.

However, it is far from impossible.

There are two types of people in this world: those who fight their thoughts and those that don’t.

The people that do not fight with their emotions either do it because they never thought about making some kind of change, or because they have tried and failed numerous times to fix themselves.

The second kind of people should avoid making too big expectations, to avoid getting disappointed.

But is there a way to completely get rid of bad habits?

Of course, there is.

But it requires dedication and practice, and it is called mindfulness.

Mindfulness can have immense benefits on the quality of your life, since it is an objective observation of yourself, without judgment and sense of unworthiness.

Mindfulness can help you see what you do, and why you do it, and finally find a more conscious way to act.

Key Lessons from “Rewire”

1.      Work on Your Two Selves
2.      Do not Repress Your Emotions
3.      The Key to Change Lies in Mindfulness

Work on Your Two Selves

Each person has two selves that influence their behavior: an automatic one and a conscious one.

The automatic one is the one who is responsible for bad decisions, which people have no time to process.

To change their behavior people can either try to be more conscious most of the time or work on controlling their automatic self, which may prove more effective.

Do not Repress Your Emotions

Repressed emotions are causes of many destructive patterns.

Always try to express your emotions, since they will not disappear if you keep them inside yourself. Instead, they will just pile up and eventually burst and create an unwanted situation.

So accept your emotions, since they are never and can never be right or wrong, learn how to communicate them, and always do.

The Key to Change Lies in Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the key to change. It will not be an easy road to walk, but it is worth it.

Be mindful of what is going on in your head and heart. Do not judge, just observe, and start to objectively pick what you think and feel.

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There is a lot of research to suggest that we feel better overall as we are progressing toward our goals; we have a sense of purposeful involvement, we give ourselves mental pats on the back for being so good and industrious, our… Click To Tweet Keep a journal of disappointments, failures, and self-destructive actions. It’s important to write this down because these are the kinds of things your self-serving bias will want to forget or minimize. Click To Tweet Avoid triggers. If you’re an alcoholic, stay out of bars. If you’re a depressed or impulsive shopper, don’t go shopping. When you have to, go in with a list, rush in, and rush out. If you watch too much television, don’t sit in your… Click To Tweet Avoid enablers. These are people who make it easy for you to perform your self-destructive behavior. People you go on a smoking break with. People who encourage you to take risks. Click To Tweet It seems like the value you attribute to something, more than its inherent value, influences your expectations, and your expectations, to a great extent, influence the life you live. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

“Rewire” is a great book packed with a lot of information.

It shows you that we all have bad habits and that we all can gain some control over them.

It also explains the roots of unwanted behavior, which is important because knowing the reasons can help you find the right way to “heal.”

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The End of Average Summary

The End of Average SummaryHow We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness 

Are you frustrated because you do not fit the average?

Don’t worry, none of us do!

Read on to find out more about averages and why you should stop thinking of them as relevant.

Who Should Read “The End of Average” and Why?

“The End of Average” explains where averaging comes from, and all the problems related to it.

It shows the way this world must change, in order to become a better place to live to all individuals out there.

We recommend it to all graduates who are looking for that job that would really look good in their resume, for the women who want to fit the average weight, and for everyone who just compares him or herself to some image imposed by society, that squeezes out his or her individualism.

Stop trying to fit in. Instead, shine.

About Todd Rose

Todd Rose

Todd Rose is a high school dropout that eventually became a Harvard Graduate.

He is an author and is the director of Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Education Program.

“The End of Average Summary”

Every day we are fed different kinds of statistical data about the “average” opinion, character, body, skills, or conduct.

You probably spent school trying to get grades above average, you look at your love life, and base it on the average, et cetera.

Every day we get compared to this average, and based on in we feel like we fit in or not.

It has become so usual that we do not even question the meaning and value of these statements anymore.

However, it is time to change it!

Coming up with averages undermines what most humans fight for: individuality.

But if humans want individuality, why and how did this system start?

Averages began with astronomer Adolphe Quetelet, who in the nineteenth century tried to use averages to explain different human characteristics.

He did it because averages were quite useful when measuring astronomical characteristics, so he tried to apply it to human beings as well.

So, what did he do?

He gathered a large group of people and measured their psychological and physical characteristics, trying to find what he considered the “Average Man.”

However, averages cannot be successfully applied to people.

Most people possess different characteristics than the average, so the whole system is flawed.

Take for example human size.

We use multiple measurements to show it: we measure weight, hight as well as the size of all the different parts of the body.

If we average them, we will find that not many human beings fit into the average, since someone’s weight is not relevant to someone’s hight et cetera.

A person’s body has too many variables. And so does a human character.

However, the mind has also undergone the study of averages, and as a result, gives people an idea about the traits that are related to intelligence.

Needless to say that this idea is a wrong one, and is a source of many prejudices about people like: “nerds are not pretty” or “nerds are not sporty.”

However, the characteristics we have physically, have nothing to do with our mental ones.

Also, the speed of learning has nothing to do with intelligence and knowledge.

Furthermore, people have come up with different “best practices” to facilitate learning.

According to society, there is just one right way: start early, and proceed through a number of stages to reach a good knowledge level.

However, the deviation from this path is possible and may be done without any consequences.

In reality, there are many different ways to come to a certain outcome, and the success of these ways depends on the individual characteristics of each person.

The problem lies in the fact that anything that is not average is thought of abnormal.

Trying to fit in people have developed various fixed character traits that they show according to the context they are in.

However, that is not the way to shine.

Instead, everyone should just pay attention to and develop what he or she is good at, and try to strengthen their individuality.

Companies need to open up as well.

By searching for employees with strict characteristics that fit their company on paper, they re missing out on valuable talent with unique abilities.

But, if the education is not the best way to evaluate a person’s capability, then what is?

Well, companies need to look closer, and look for their employees’ individuality and not “intelligence.”

Changing the practice of averages can change the world and make it a better place where everyone will feel like he or she knows their place.

This world needs to embrace individualism, and start offering education in specific skills, and not in broadly designed majors.

This would shorten the educational process and would make people more skilled in one area, giving them all the knowledge they would need when they start working the job they have chosen.

The fact is that averages keep us from reaching our full potential.

So, forget about statistics for a while and don’t worry if you do not fit the standard. Instead, allow yourself to shine.

Key Lessons from “The End of Average”

1.      The Average Human Body is a Myth
2.      There is Not Only One Path to Learning
3.      Accept Your Individualism

The Average Human Body is a Myth

Representing anatomic characteristics with just one word is impossible.

Instead, when we describe more features, we must use different measurements and evaluations.

Just by knowing someone’s weight we do not know his or her height et cetera.

So, do not try to get to fit the average body standard: it does not exist.

There is Not Only One Path to Learning

Although we have grown in a society which believes that the only way to learning is starting the education from a young age, studies have shown that that is not true.

Even children that did not go through the “average” learning process have developed normally.

This takes us to the conclusion that there is no right age and right way to learn.

It all depends on the individual.

Accept Your Individualism

You have to start accepting your individualism, and companies should do as well.

People’s behavior changes constantly affected by the experiences they have as they live, as well as the context in which they function.

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Our Critical Review

“The End of Average” offers a fresh way to look at things, and at our society ruled by averages.

It is a great book that will open your eyes to all the stereotypes we believe in. Take a look at this book and find the path toward your own individuality.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck Summary

 The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck SummaryHow to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do

What stops you from being happy and free?

Often, people have a tendency to accuse others, the environment or the superiors for their anxiety.

Our book summary gives you a test of reality and presents an opportunity to change your mind.

Who Should Read “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck”? And Why?

It all comes down to one simple question – How do you feel? – Money, status, and family would mean absolutely nothing if you sacrifice your peace for the sake of it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck” is an out-of-box book that doesn’t feel sorry for you or your well-being. As such, it promotes a new healthy attitude towards life; thereby it’s suitable for all sorts of people.

About Sarah Knight

Sarah KnightSarah Knight has obtained her college degree from Harvard University. She is currently a freelance author and an editor.

“The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck Summary”

In truth, the “letting go” process can be a lot harder than expected. Nevertheless, in essence, it requires only mental resilience in order to get the technique right. A lot of people claim that they are not attached to meaningless things, but, it seems like an almost impossible task to shake them loose.

The “The Not Sorry Method” is one of the assets that can help you in this endeavor.

On the spur of the moment, one can leverage two possibilities, to fully apply the method:

  • The first one manifest the ability of not giving a fuck about a particular thing or issue.
  • The second is a bit different, and it literally promotes the “not giving a fuck” attitude towards most things and the lack of interest to solve problems.

However, there is a handful of “stuff” that mustn’t be neglected. Being attached to someone or something is not a sign of strength and wisdom, but quite the opposite. One thing is for sure, living the life of your dreams must be complementary to your easy-going and loose behavior.

Experts agree that most people overestimate opinions, and we should zoom in on innate sensations and phenomena. Unless you favor the title “Asshole,” it’s perfectly logical to take into consideration other people’s feelings.  

In this book, you’ll have the taste of “spring cleaning” as a process of essential value to the idea of “not giving a fuck.” Famous YouTube comedian – Jon Lajoie in a hilarious way expresses the power of adopting such attitude by identifying all the things that cause emotional instability:

Think of it this way: Your mind is a trash can, which absorbs all the garbage. Unless you empty it, all the “smelly” things will continue to pile up. If you have strong determination to unveil these meaningless questions and ideas that float in your head, you’ll be able to “let go” on all levels!

Once you put all the concepts on a piece of paper, you can then decide what is worthy of sticking around, and what needs to be eliminated. For example, worrying about getting married, can cause trouble in all other spheres of influence.

How can you master the “Not Sorry Method”?

Coming close to perfection to exploit this methodology fully, is a skill of the highest order. There’s always that little voice in our heads that is telling us to beware of other opinions, which hinders the opportunity to beat the system.

Becoming proficient to effortlessly and painlessly take care of your closest ones is perhaps the harder trick in the book an individual should master. It’s relatively easier with strangers and acquaintances.

For instance, if you sit on a table where opinions differ, you should avoid topics that cause quarrels. The best strategy would be to evade answering questions related to “things” that most people have their own personal agenda.

Steering clear of such arguments will grant you the edge in your efforts of becoming a real “care-free” lord. Once you understand the burden of “giving a fuck,” you can slowly progress towards the next level.

Overall, there are dozens of things that can get us bummed out; these situations can be accommodated into various categories. Once you make it clear which concept belongs to which category – you can begin the process planning your next move, regarding the “not giving a fuck” adventure.

Every day, the society imposes many new concepts; one can either embrace or disregard them. The reality of “giving a fuck” about everything is undergoing a global expansion. Out of politeness, we tend to fulfill the desires of other people, and totally neglecting our preferences.

The only real formula for solving this problem is to apply the Not Sorry Method.

Key Lessons from “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

1.      The value of staying true to what you believe is right.
2.      Start with small “f*cks”
3.      Don’t take part in everything that seems trendy

The value of staying true to what you believe is right.

Don’t become enslaved by the Internet. Understand the destructive, marketing power of these platforms and take little part in this “Social Madness.”

In the similar fashion, you can handle the e-mail list and all the other features that are causing distraction and tiredness.

Start with small “f*cks”

Sarah advises that it’s most natural to start with “fucks” that you can quickly get rid of.

This step involves discarding concepts that do not affect the well-being of other people, making them ideal candidates for eradication.

In the process, you’ll be free from extra worries such as being polite and respectful.

Don’t take part in everything that seems trendy

For example, the social media or the Kardashian Klan can really get us upset, or in worst case angry.

Instead of fighting it, you are given a choice to unfollow them, or simply don’t read/watch such ridiculous articles/videos.

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The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is all about prioritizing. Joy over annoy. Click To Tweet As someone who grew up in a household full of guilt, I think it’s important for our kids to know that they can make decisions about what to care about, and that they don’t need to pay attention to the approval or condescension of other… Click To Tweet You may not realize it, but the number of fucks you personally have to give is a finite and precious commodity. Click To Tweet The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is all about prioritizing. Joy over annoy. Choice over obligation. Opinions vs. feelings. Click To Tweet You may not realize it, but the number of fucks you personally have to give is a finite and precious commodity. Click To Tweet

Our Critical Review

In all honesty, we were a bit skeptical about the “practical” side of this book.

Sarah convinced us about the magic of adopting a care-free attitude and why it’s worth embracing on all scales.

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Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t Summary

Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t SummaryWhy That Is And What You Can Do About It

Is your dream to be a writer?

Well, guess what: so is mine.

And, if you do not know already, we share this dream with millions of other people all around the world.

However, your dream remains just a dream, since it seems that “Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t.” And so does mine.

So, what can we do? Are we doomed?

Don’t worry; this is all about to change.

Who Should Read “Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t” and Why?

Do you want to be a writer?

You know, writing is much more than just finishing your manuscript.

“Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t” explains all variables in a great story, whether it is a story told in a book, a screenplay or an advertisement.

We recommend it to all aspiring writers who finally want to get their big break.

About Steven Pressfield

Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction.

He has worked both in advertising and screenwriting and is the owner of his popular writing advice blog stevenpressfield.com.

“Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t Summary”

The writing world is hard to penetrate to.

Let’s say you just finished your novel. You have spent hours and hours “bleeding” words onto the paper, and you finally saw your creation done.

You are probably excited – for the fun starts now! You cannot wait to see how people will react. What will they say? Will they love it? Will they hate it?

Stop.

Stop asking those questions.

Chances are, you will never get the answer since nobody wants to read what you have written.

People avoid commercials, unknown books, and unknown writers.

But, your writing group thinks you are brilliant!

No one cares. Those people there are forced to read your writing. The real audience, however, has many other things they would prefer doing.

Does this mean that you are doomed? That you have wasted your time dreaming of becoming an author?

No, don’t worry, not all hopes are lost. The only thing that this means is that your writing needs to be exceptional.

And, by exceptional or if you prefer “good”, we do not mean that you can write clever, and nice sounding sentences.

Good writing is the one that will hold your reader’s attention and make him or her thirsty for more.

Good writing is easy to understand. And most significantly of all, it is never boring.

Thankfully, you can easily avoid being boring by making your work scary, tragic or suspenseful.

And let’s not forget the other thing that you absolutely have to do: get out of your own head.

Yes, we know that you have been taught to write what you know, but you need to stop rumbling about the things you find fascinating and start focusing on your audience.

You have to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work hard before you get any recognition whatsoever.

And the best way to learn the craft is to become someone’s apprentice.

Also, read stories like those which you want to write, and try to develop your unique voice and style.

If you are using too many phony phrases, pretend you are writing a letter to a friend or your family, since when we write to people, we know we sound more like ourselves.

In the end, you have to tell a great story.

And to be able to tell a great story – you need a great concept. The concept revolves around the problem your protagonist faces and how he resolves it.

After you think of the concept, think about a theme you would like to convey: is your story a story of envy, survival, or revenge?

Or is it about something else?

You will notice that in most movies and books, the structure is the same. Usually, it is a three-act structure which has remained the same ever since the ancient times.

First you introduce the problem and create interest, then you show the protagonist’s fight with the problem, and present many other conflicts, and finally, you finish with a resolution.

These three acts need to be balanced – give them enough time to develop.

Also, develop your characters. No story will be good enough without three dimensional, deep and developed characters.

Make them memorable so that readers can connect with them.

Lastly, be patient. Writing is just like any other skill – you have to keep at it in order to develop it.

Read a lot and write a lot. Accept critiques and revise.

Do it again.

And one day, your authorial voice will be heard.

Key Lessons from “Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t”

1.      Start with a Concept
2.      Become a Problem Solver
3.      Follow the Three-Act Structure

Start with a Concept

Without a concept, your story is nothing.

Do not start without a direction. Those who wander in writing – are lost.

Become a Problem Solver

Writers are problem solvers.

Writer’s blocks do not exist!

If you hit a wall, just think hard about the problem that creates the situation, how that problem can be further complicated, and finally how it can be solved.

Follow the Three-Act Structure

No matter the genre, most stories follow the three-act structure.

It has to be something that works since it has survived since ancient times to today!

So, stop trying to be clever, and do like the grand masters do: tell a story in three acts.

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“Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t” Quotes

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Our Critical Review

If you are serious about your writing career, you absolutely must get this book!

In it you will find all the core concepts of telling a story.

If you have already read extensively on the subject, you may not find anything new, but still, it is good to be reminded of the things that matter from time to time.

You can never know at what point something will resonate with you.

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