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Life is Short And So Is This Book: Brief Thoughts On Making The Most Of Your Life Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Peter Atkins is the managing director of Permian Partners, an investment fund he founded in 2001 amidst the Internet bust. Permian approaches buying stock the same way it would evaluate the purchase of an entire business.

Prior to Permian, Peter was a General Manager at Microsoft, where over the course of six years he helped to start, manage and, later, invest in various early consumer Internet businesses, including Sidewalk.com. Earlier in his career, Peter worked at Time Inc. in New York City.

Peter has a BA degree from Skidmore College, an MBA degree from Cornell University and did graduate work at Harvard University.

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  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Publisher: PA2C (March 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R9QIO2
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Harrison Miller on March 21, 2011
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For most of us, the difference between a fulfilling life well lived and its opposite is not the lack of some revelation that we have never considered before. It is the consistency with which we align our time and our effort and our habits to those values we hold most dear.

Unlike most authors of "self-help" and inspirational books (or business books for that matter), Atkins is not concerned with filling enough pages to justify a book deal, nor it seems is he trying to launch a career on the speaking circuit. This frees him from the tendency in these genres to find six ways to make the same point, or to claim some "breakthrough" approach to happiness. In refreshingly clear and concise terms, he "just" does what we all would do for ourselves, if we had the focus and self-discipline to do it: makes a thoughtful list of the main tenets and practices that lead to a happy life, with just enough explanation of each to make it useful. The result is not a guru's tome to be pondered over many nights until it is left half unread on the bedside table. It is a clear, compelling, and dead-on accurate field guide to good living, which we can keep in our pocket in the great walk of life.

As the author says, it only takes an hour to read the book. I for one will re-invest that hour every 6 months or so, and I'm sure it will be worthwhile each time.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joe on March 18, 2011
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I once asked my grandfather why human actions are so frequently disconnected from common sense. He said, "Common sense is so obvious that most people miss it, the way they miss a beautiful sunset."

This book is full of the common sense that many of the people whom I've observed in Life have missed. For example, "Persistent curiosity, combined with susained focus on reasonable goals, will change your life."

As a life-long fan both of common sense and of the few writers who can communicate it concisely and precisely, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My one criticism is that it should be much longer.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By cerebralauthor on August 19, 2013
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This book is a compilation of most generic wisdom bits -- common truths expressed in bland language, neither engaging nor very actionable. The author is just chatting away contentedly, a spoonful of this, a little bit of that - like an elder sharing his tried and true advice for the umpteenth time. And then it is over.

We live in an epoch when the publishing industry is highly differentiated and very clever - every book you read nowadays has some sort of "personality," is written from some specific "angle," it has a "hook," so to say. This one doesn't. The author doesn't have a "method" from which he is approaching his subject (or rather, his many subjects). It is just common regurgitated wisdom that every adult could dispense, like: "Try Not to Worry", "Laugh", or "Build Character and Make Friends" (these were actually chapter headings). Or passages like: "Habits form when we are young, and solidify before we know it. So forming the right habits early is critical, whether that means eating well, exercising, saving money or being honest". or: "The people with whom we associate can have a huge impact on the development of our personalities, particularly when we're young." I guarantee you already know everything in this book. It focuses or nothing in particular, it talks about everything in general. I am delighted that it is as short as it is - this would be an angry review otherwise.

The ONLY use I can see for this book is as a gift for teens and young people. They probably will find said truths more fresh. But even they are so sharp nowadays, they might have heard those things already from a rectitudinous grandma or some other gab-tongued goody-goody.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By April Roseman on August 14, 2011
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This book is a must read for people of various ages. It offers life lessons for those young adults starting out on life and it is equally valuable to people throughout their lives who struggle with choices and dilemmas. It is a roadmap for finding and keeping to one's path.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Maki on August 5, 2011
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Full disclosure, I know Mr. Atkins and I can say from personal experience that he writes the way he talks -- concise, pragmatic, heart felt and to the point. He doesn't waste his own time or yours. Nothing you will read in his book is new--we all know the contents to be true but so easy to forget when external pressures and concerns act to push us off track. As Atkins reminds us, we typically only see the end results of other people's effort, rarely are we exposed to the hard work, sweat and focus required behind personal achievement. If you've forgotten or are feeling discouraged that it seems to be taking you more work, instructive failures or effort than the next man or woman, take the time to read this book and be reminded that you're exactly where you ought to be or can soon be back on your way. A life well lived is a creative act and this book is an excellent and simple set of observations and reminders to help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian on June 3, 2011
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Life is Short is a great read that I would recommend to just about anyone. As promised by the author, it is a very quick, enjoyable read, full of common sense ideas that its just too easy to forget in our day-to-day lives. I expect I will read it again from time to time, and I will definitely encourage my children to read it as well.
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