- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: The Domino Project (Dec 30 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781936719310
- ISBN-13: 978-1936719310
- ASIN: 1936719312
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2 x 20.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What to Do When it's Your Turn: (And it's Always Your Turn) Paperback – Dec 30 2014
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Like many inspirational books, it can be vague in its philosophising. Those just beginning their journeys of improvement and recovery may either not know what the heck Godin is talking about, or get the impression the journey is easier than it is. This book is an overview. Similarly, as many inspirational books can be, this book can be a bit unrealistic. A constant theme is to dream and think big. There is far too little emphasis placed upon planning, and more dangerously, some readers may feel such realistic caution is a byword for settling for second best. It is not. Caution is responsible and mature. Lastly, the advice may not be readily applicable to all, especially those with more serious mental health challenges and those who aren't from the dominant North American culture.
However, this book is excellent in some ways. It is concise through a firm grasp of the subject. That subject is existentialism, and Godin provides the best explanation of the theory and its practical applications I've ever encountered. The logical flow is also excellent. It is a quick, lively read, probably best suited as a checklist to review periodically.
Reviews for self-improvement books are unreliable: they are either written in the euphoria experienced immediately after reading that someone has validated one's feelings; or in the disgust upon realising the book isn't relevant. I daresay most fans only enjoy momentary relief, and detractors could find help if they separated the wheat from the chaff. Self-help books can't be everything. It's up to travellers on their journeys of self-improvement to do their own due diligence. Even though you're paying for his guidance, Godin is only a guide. Put another way: he's a green grocer, not Walmart. He is good at what he does, and that is to inspire.
Truly an inspirational book that is also a work of art.
As a designer, the book is very visually appealing to me. The images are well-selected, thought-provoking and the overall layout of the book makes it easy to get lost in thought and emotion while looking at it, rather than continuously reading through the book.
I would recommend this book without a doubt. It's a true work of art for your bookshelf.
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