This book subtiteld, 18 simple steps to silencing your inner critic, overpowering perfectionism and embracing your imperfect life, is another book waging a mental war against the mindset of perfectionism. The author, Damon Zahariades, confesses that he is a recovering perfectionist so this book is both a combination of his life experience and how he has learnt to overcome the perfectionist mindset.
The book is divided into three distinct parts but before that Damon tells us why perfectionism is a recipe for unhappiness and part of his story. He also describes the different types of perectionism which are:
Adaptive perfectionism: endeavouring to meet high standards, but recognising that true perfection is an unreasonable expectation. Adaptive perfectionists are driven by the satisfaction they experience when they apply extreme effort toward accomplishing their goals.
Maladaptive perfectionism: striving to meet unrealistic goals, and expecting to accomplish them every time. Maladaptive perfectionists aggressively maintain unreasonbly high standards and are highly critical of themselves when they fail to meet them. According to Damon, this type of perfectionism is universally considered unhealthy. All experts agree on this point. It is this type of harmful perfectionism that Damon deals with in this book.
About a week or so ago I posted a link to a video from Seth Godin titled, Find Your Who (you can access the post here). I’m posting another link titled ‘The Practice’ which is actually the titled of his latest book. After listening to the video I did buy the book and I am currently reading it. While I am not making a plug for the book, i want to say that if you are trying to build something and you are worried about people’s opinion about what you’re building, then I think you should read the book. Of course when I finish reading I will write about some of the lessons I got from the book here but please take the time to watch this video, you will learn something. Click on the image below to open the video on YouTube.
There are books you read that leave you with an indelible experience, for me this is one of those books. The book does not contain anything I have not read about before, but I’ve read this book at a time when I needed to take a hard look at the principles discussed by the author and think seriously about how to inculcate some of them into my own life. The Power of Less is a simple yet profound book that advices us on how to do less, yet achieve more. It is a book which encourages us to focus on the essentials while getting rid of the unnecessary. No doubt the author is writing from a personal experience and I even visited his blog to learn more about him and his philosophy. Leo Babauta centres the book around six core principles: set limitations, choose the essential, simplify, focus, create habits and start small.
These concepts are repeated over and over again throughout the book as the author deals with day to day issues such as time management, projects, e-mail, internet and filing. The book which has 18 short chapters is separated into two parts. In just 170 pages, this book packs a punch which can help us to make some life changes and so earns a 4.5 out of 5 rating from me. Following is a brief review of the book
Part 1 – The Principles: In this part of the book Babauta introduces the six principles that the book is based on. Following is a brief description of the six principles: Continue reading →
Seth Godin is one of the best people to learn about marketing from. He has a simple and straighforward way of explaining market that is difficult to get from anyone else. Click on the image below to learn more about how to define your niche or what he calls your ‘who‘.