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Could Be More Helpful
on September 1, 2013
This is a short book with the small pages, lots of white space, and larger font; it is probably an afternoon's read even for the slower reader. What information is provided in the book is good, but I think Mr. Mooz could have explored the factors that impact our decision making in greater detail. For example, while he mentions things like peer pressure, he doesn't explain how to deal with it.
He discusses properly framing a decision, but doesn't give any ideas for how that is to be done. The decision to buy a new car is used frequently since this is easy to understand and one that many people make. Mr. Mooz suggests reframing the decision to make it a transportation question, rather than simply a car purchase. That makes sense, but then he does not follow through with alternatives that go beyond simply buying a new car. He doesn't address the importance of expanding the number of good choices available before making a decision.
Rightly so, he suggests that teenagers should be taught good decision making skills. Teenagers often make poor decisions that impact the rest of their lives. Yet the decision models and examples he presents are not likely to be used by a teenager who is trying to decide whether to have unprotected sex or go to a wild party. I wish he would provide some tips that people can use on the fly to improve their decision making. Furthermore, since decision making is a skill that is learned with practice, he might offer some ways to practice developing those skills before we are placed in a critical life altering situation.
After the first 20 pages of the book, I was prepared to send a copy to a teenage niece. By the time I got done with the book, I came to the conclusion that it wouldn't change her decision making process, unless perhaps she had to make a major purchase. I got some good ideas from the book, but I feel like I ordered a meal in restaurant, only to find out that it was just an appetizer.