Book Review-On The Shortness of Life by Seneca

Seneca writes a great novel that is about exactly what it is titled: On The Shortness of Life. We always hear the term, “life is too short.” Actually, according to Seneca, it may be best to challenge that long-held belief. It is stated in the book, “life is long enough, as long as we know how to use it.” This is one of the most enlightening books I have ever read. This book started to make me think of how much I was wasting time each day and what would be better uses of my time. On The Shortness Of Life will also open realities of how we will embrace death when it comes.

Think about your occupation. Think about your social life, such as your significant other, friendships, family, and acquaintances. Think about your recreational activities. What do you do in your free time? Throughout this book, Seneca challenges us to think about all the elements of our life, and how they add up. Are all your life elements getting you to where you want to go? If not, why do you stay the course? Someone once told me that the worst thing you can do for yourself is to get good at the wrong thing. This very much applies the main concept of On The Shortness Of Life. Overindulging in luxurious activities that only bring temporary pleasure, such as wanderous activity and lust, provides for a short life. However, finding ways to make our life more enhancing and full of purpose will create a fulfillment that will last a long lifetime.

I really enjoyed On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca, because this was a very enlightening read that exposes the lies people tell us growing up. We are taught to be frugal with our money, but why not our time? That is not something we will ever get back. For example, let’s say you are not satisfied with your current relationship. Why do you stay with that person? Wouldn’t it be better to be alone for a little bit and search for something better? How about your occupation? Why not start the search for a new career today if your job provides you consistent dissatisfaction? I believe this is probably on the top 5 list of books people should read at least once in their lifetimes. I hope you buy this for your benefit. Happy reading!

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Book Review-The Purpose Driven Life by Dr. Rick Warren

The Purpose Driven Life by Dr. Rick Warren is a wonderful book for anyone who is interested in learning about God’s purpose for us on this Earth. Warren teaches us that it is not about our own fulfillment and pleasure, but about what we can do to serve our creator. According to The Purpose Driven Life, we will never understand life until we know that only God knows whats right for us.

Warren advocates that all of our possessions are not actually ours, but are property of God. Understanding this will help us grow closer to our creator. He reminds us that we are here to serve our creator and are created for his pleasure. Little things that drive us, (not survival tactics, like money) such as recreational activities, may be clues provided by our creator that lead us to our purpose. However, Dr. Warren shows us that it may take longer than we expect to get to where we need to go. This is most likely God’s test for how bad we want to actually make him happy.

The Purpose Driven Life shows us exactly how to do that in the mission of doing what we are supposed to do in this life, throughout this book. Many points made by Dr. Warren opened my eyes to new possibilities on ways to get where I want to go. I thought I would have been way further ahead in the game of life to this point. Do any of you reading this feel this way? The Purpose Driven Life shows us that this may be a possibility that God is leading us in a new direction. Happy reading!

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Book Review-The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard PhD

The New One Minute Manager really helped me understand more of how to lead people and produce more results in a short amount of time. Dr. Ken Blanchard produces a story of a man that everyone in the workplace looks up to, because he is widely respected. Employees understand his time is limited, but also feel that they can approach him and receive an honest answer to an important question or problem. I now know how to have my point come across that is motivating to someone I am trying to persuade, thanks to The One Minute Manager.

One day, the young man comes into the One Minute Manager’s office to ask for advice on how to increase his work productivity. He is shown how to help others better themselves, because we all enjoy working for ourselves and containing a feeling of having our own business. The New One Minute Manager provides 3 secrets to helping your team members solve problems for themselves: one minute goals, one minute praisings, and one minute re-directs. Dr. Blanchard shows us how to find to support and encourage someone, while at the same time getting them on track for success.

The New One Minute Manager really helped me understand how to handle people when they may be stressed out. My life has benefitted a lot from taking just less than an hour to read it. My biggest takeaways was to always end a re-direct in a supportive way, in order to keep people from becoming defensive. Praising people for good work right away will help build their confidence to where they will solve problems for themselves. I really believe this book will benefit anyone, and believe you should at least look into buying it for your benefit. Happy reading!

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