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Worth reading 😎

A great idea which had a lot of potential, but was let down by poor editing.

Synopsis

This book about giving motivation during the Pandemic. Mentioning getting up and how to overcome stress, how health and family are important to oneself. How to train the brain for a growth mindset and emotional intelligence. It's an author memoir followed with personal experience to grow. This book can be considered as a business and entrepreneurial leadership.
By the end of this comprehensive and easy-to-follow self-help book, you will be able to:
✅ Understand The Importance Of A Healthy Lifestyle – Both Physically And Mentally and The Importance of A Family
✅ Nurture A Mindset Of Success, Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, And Self-Reliance
✅ Learn How To Set Short-Term Goals And Start Your 1,000-Mile Journey With Baby Steps
✅ Overcome Common Mistakes, Misconceptions, And Pitfalls That May Derail You
✅ Conquer Your Finances & Learn How To Make Long-Term Plans With Realistic Goals
✅ Keep Your Head Up, Appreciate What You Have In Life, And Help Others Who Are Not Fortunate

"I Have Read Many Self Help Books Before, Is This One Actually Going To Help Me?"
Yes! This book has real-life examples and practical advice so you can help yourself thrive, even when you believe you cannot do it!

I hope this isn’t the final version and further edits have been done since the author uploaded this, but as this is the only version I have read, it’s the only one I can write a review of.


I enjoyed the introduction, which showed the common experiences between the author and most people during the pandemic, who will have faced their own struggles when this began. However, as the book went on, I started to notice badly worded sentences, such as “your goal is to stay prepared for future unprecedented events to come in the future”. Or “but it might not always be a viable option always. There is no need for both uses of “future” and “always” in these two examples.


The idea behind the book is a good one. The suggestions offered to the readers are great ways of helping them cope with the changes that have happened this year. I had already tried some of these myself, but if they inspire others who haven’t, then great.


Unfortunately, the mistakes became more obvious as the book went on. The missing words and other errors continued throughout the book and distracted from the otherwise useful advice. This is just a typical example picked from many mistakes in the book. “I wrote entire book on eating healthy and about nutrition so don’t want repeat myself.”


I try to take my editor’s hat off when I read other author’s books, and will often let a few mistakes slide, because we’re all human and can miss things, but it felt like the author, or her editor didn’t even try. I also felt the part about meeting friends outside has the potential to become outdated quickly. In fact, here in the UK as I write this we have tiers in different areas. Some of those tiers don’t allow groups to meet in the way she suggests in the book. Just as the suggestion that spending time with family and loved ones can benefit your mental health, it isn’t always possible in certain places. Yes, I know this is an American author, but surely it would be better to target the book more broadly, to reach and connect with a larger audience?


I’m sorry if this review comes across an overly critical. I’m disappointed because this book has potential, but is let down by the poor editing. Hopefully, it’s not the published version, but the three stars I’ve awarded is the highest score I can give to the version I read. With editing, it would most likely be four stars.


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Amanda Steel is a multi-genre author who has just completed her Creative Writing MA. She regularly performs her work at open mic nights around Manchester (UK).
Some of her current projects include a book review podcast and a literary magazine.

Synopsis

This book about giving motivation during the Pandemic. Mentioning getting up and how to overcome stress, how health and family are important to oneself. How to train the brain for a growth mindset and emotional intelligence. It's an author memoir followed with personal experience to grow. This book can be considered as a business and entrepreneurial leadership.
By the end of this comprehensive and easy-to-follow self-help book, you will be able to:
✅ Understand The Importance Of A Healthy Lifestyle – Both Physically And Mentally and The Importance of A Family
✅ Nurture A Mindset Of Success, Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, And Self-Reliance
✅ Learn How To Set Short-Term Goals And Start Your 1,000-Mile Journey With Baby Steps
✅ Overcome Common Mistakes, Misconceptions, And Pitfalls That May Derail You
✅ Conquer Your Finances & Learn How To Make Long-Term Plans With Realistic Goals
✅ Keep Your Head Up, Appreciate What You Have In Life, And Help Others Who Are Not Fortunate

"I Have Read Many Self Help Books Before, Is This One Actually Going To Help Me?"
Yes! This book has real-life examples and practical advice so you can help yourself thrive, even when you believe you cannot do it!

Getting A Hobby

 

Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities—a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity—but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.”

– Steven Johnson


Personally, I love listening to podcasts. They are a great source of entertainment and knowledge. In the past, people used to listen to radio broadcasts—nowadays, the norm is podcasts. Basically, they are an episodic series of digital audio files that you can listen to through various streaming services, like Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Podbean to name a few. They have become incredibly popular in the last few years, and, it turns out, I have found myself hooked on them as well.

What makes podcasts fundamentally different from radio broadcasts, however, is that anyone can start their own podcast from their home with some easily accessible equipment. From there, setting up your podcast on a streaming service is simple and accessible.

There are a lot of great podcasts to listen to out there, and you can easily find a podcast on almost any subject or topic that you’d be interested in. Do you like food and want to listen to some good recipes and cooking tips? There are many cooking podcasts that you can find. Do you like listening to horror and paranormal stories? There are podcasts for them as well. Do you want to listen to people discussing the most popular TV shows? Guess what? You can find podcasts for that as well.

The other day, I was listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast, and he was having an interview with Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and a few other companies. Elon was there as a guest, and this was right after the birth of his child, X Æ A-12. In the interview, Elon said that too many smart people were working in the fields of law and finance, and that more people should be making new things. Now, for me, this was one of those statements that completely changed my perspective on life. Especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I was working at See’s Candies as a consultant, while I listened to the podcast. I do love their chocolate – as do many other people, from what I have seen. After I returned home that day, I decided to start doing more with my life. I wanted to start making things as well. Soon after, staying back at home because of the pandemic, I had nothing better to do as well, so I thought I’d start a hobby. With the availability of the internet, I started taking online classes in a variety of subjects that I had always been interested in, but either never had the time or the motivation to pursue.

I started going through popular sites that offered such resources, such as Udemy, Coursera, etc. Over time, I had completed close to 200 online courses on various subjects that interested me, like aromatherapy, face care, and even some technical courses like SQL and computer coding courses. What I found the most interesting, however, was cosmetics formulation.

With the pandemic raging on, I thought this was a skill that would serve me well too. I found sites like the Skin Institute and Organic Skincare Formulation that specialized in providing courses related to that topic, and I completed courses on them. The latter even had a Facebook support group that had a very helpful and inspirational environment that I used to remain engaged with the subject and learn how other people had applied their knowledge in the field.

Subsequently, I began experimenting. I started producing my own cosmetic items such as soaps, candles, face creams, face serums, hair serums, massage oils, bath bombs, household cleaners, etc., all by myself. With such items disappearing from the store shelves at an incredible rate, we found ourselves not having to face a lot of those inconveniences that the pandemic had brought on. For an added benefit, you can make these products with your children. Remember, all of these social distancing and isolating requirements have been harder on kids because they don’t even fully grasp the situation. They simply can’t understand why they aren’t able to go out and see their friends. Instead, they’ve been forced to remain at home, where they likely spend more time on their electronic devices – and this is something that every parent should try to limit. While keeping them busy during the day with fun online classes in things like Rubik’s cube solving, chess, sewing, STEM, you can engage with them later on during the day with a fun hobby.

Additionally, because I would make these products on my own, I knew that there were no harmful chemicals added into them, unlike many of the branded products that are sold in stores. With a baby in the house, it was a great step in my opinion, and worth all the effort that I had put into my learning experience. Once you go chemical free in your household, it becomes an obsession, and having a baby in the house makes huge difference as well. We don’t want our little one crawling on a floor cleaned by chemicals, or worse, a floor that wasn’t properly washed.

For me, this has definitely become a great hobby, as I am personally quite captivated my interest in it as well, making your own cosmetic products is not something that is interesting to you, I’m sure that there is something else you can enjoy equally. A hobby is really important to have because it allows you to spend time working towards something that you are really passionate about without having to care too much about getting immediate results. A hobby is supposed to be an activity that gives you pleasure, not because you are going to get paid for it or receive any special recognition for it. Since you are doing it at your own pace, for your own enjoyment, it is important that you find something you would really enjoy. Also, you don’t have to pick something that is already closely related with the kind of work you do. If you work with numbers every other day of the week, you could try making creative designs on paper.

You can find yourself getting a hobby such as planting, baking, sewing, reading, doing yoga, or meditation, just to name a few. While putting so much effort into a hobby may sound like a luxury, it will keep your mind focused on positivity and keep you and your loved ones busy.

A good hobby keeps your creative mind active and provides you with a sense of satisfaction when you find yourself being productive at something other than your regular job. Most importantly, it will keep you busy through those bouts of boredom and isolation. Staying idle in times like these can be very detrimental to your physical and mental health. Without doing anything, your body becomes sedentary and your mind starts harboring negative thoughts that you will find no use of. Anything that engages your body and your mind in being productive and manages to help you relax at the same time will be a great fit. Why I keep emphasizing on getting a hobby is because it has the ability to keep your mind on positivity and keep you and your loved ones busy.

In case you haven’t already found a hobby for yourself, start by writing out a long list of things that interest you, even slightly. Start from the top of the list and experiment with them one-by-one. Look out for the ones that really play to your strengths and natural inclinations. Also, consider how challenging and how stressful engaging in that activity could be. Evaluate each of the hobbies on your list against these factors until you find one that you really like and decide to stick with it until you have found one that you really like and decide to stick with it.

A hobby is really important to have because it allows you to spend time working towards something that you are really passionate about without having to care too much about getting immediate results.

A hobby also has the ability to build your confidence. This is because in taking on a new hobby, you are challenging yourself to learn something new and an increase in knowledge has always been a great confidence booster. During times when you feel overwhelmed with the negativity that abounds in the world and your immediate surroundings, working on your new hobby will help you redirect your focus to your present surroundings and be so immersed in completing one task that you gradually begin to forget all your worries. There have also been situations where people turn their new-found hobbies into new career paths. Several people discover how good they have become in what they used to regard as a hobby and decide to monetize it, thereby creating another stream of income. And an extra stream of income is always a great idea especially with the kind of economy and unemployment rate the pandemic left behind.


About the author

Education:"Nutrition and Health" Program at Stanford University, "The Science of Well-Being" at Yale University, MBA in Finance at Golden Gate University. Experience: Goldman Sachs backed IT company, secondary market for private equity, Ministry of Finance, World Bank. view profile

Published on November 20, 2020

30000 words

Genre: Self-help & Self-improvement

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