Ron’s Short Review: One of my clients used to say “Things are never as bad as they seem and never as good as they seem.” He was right. This book says, “the world is not as dramatic as it seems. Factfulness, like a healthy diet and regular exercise, can and should become part of your daily life. Start to practice it, and you will be able to replace your overdramatic worldview with a worldview based on facts. You will be able to get the world right without learning it by heart. You will make better decisions, stay alert to real dangers and possibilities, and avoid being constantly stressed about the wrong things.”
Ron’s Short Review: Deep, difficult book but with great power. Here is just one quote “Why do we remember the past and not the future? Do we exist in time, or does time exist in us? What does it really mean to say that time ‘passes’? What ties time to our nature as persons, to our subjectivity? What am I listening to when I listen to the passing of time?” Ready for some deep thinking? Jump in.
Ron’s Short Review: Because you are older doesn’t necessarily mean you’re wiser. But, research does find that many people who do cultivate wisdom, gather wisdom at every age. Daniel Pink in his book “Whole New Mind” noted that pattern recognition is the only cognative ability that correlates to success. Older people who have cultivated wisdom are much better at pattern recognition because of their longer experiences.
Ron’s Short Review: I found this a little difficult to read but the key point for me is that we put way too much emphasis on cause and effect when in fact they are random events that happen in the same time frame. Our human mind looks for shortcuts to understand the world around us and if it can attach a cause and effect to an event, it will do so in order to explain it quickly and easily. Take caution. We have to question more to better understand the world around us.
Ron’s Short Review: The key to top performance is focus! There a lot to this book but this line summarizes the key message: “Whenever they could, top performers carefully selected which priorities, tasks, collaborations, team meetings, committees, analyses, customers, new ideas, steps in a process, and interactions to undertake, and which to neglect or reject.” Easily said. Difficult to do. Especially for High Achievers. High Achievement is what got you here. Focus is what will get you to the next step.
Ron’s Short Review: Peterson has received a lot of criticism and created some controversy with this book but what I find interesting is that it seems to be purely common sense. This is stuff we’ve known or should have know but have lost track of. It’s interesting to me that the controversy seems to be happening simply because we’ve lost or rejected common sense. This will help reduce the chaos in your life which is goal enough to put it on your reading list.