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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
One of the problems with our educational system is that students are taught a lot information but they are not taught how to apply that information in the proper context of life. Therefore we have a large percentage of adults that do not know how to make decisions which will help them live a balanced life.

Dr. Sanjay Jain, author of Optimal Living 360, has written a comprehensive book that teaches the techniques for making better decisions and then goes on to illustrate how to apply those techniques in the most important areas of our lives.

Dr. Jain writes from a unique perspective. First he is a medical doctor. After a few years of medical practice, he realized that his business skills were lacking, so he went back to school to acquire an MBA.

If we hope to achieve a state of optimal living, we must know how to take care of our health. In addition, since we live in a materialistic world, we must know how to manage our finances. Dr. Jain covers both these areas in detail.

He uses the acronym ASPIRES to represent the topics he covers in the book. ASPIRES stands for Assets, Safety, Physical, Intellectual, Relationships, Economic and Spiritual. He uses another acronym CAPS to teach how to protect our assets. CAPS stands for Core Assets Protection Strategies.

Dr. Jain starts by teaching proper methods for making sound decisions. The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our choices - decisions. If we are not skilled in making good decisions, we will not have the quality of life we desire.

Then he walks the reader through each of the assets, starting with Safety and going through Spiritual. He gives very good, sound, easy to implement advice on how to protect our core assets.

Dr. Jain writes in a very conversational style. Even though he is a medical doctor and an MBA, his writing style is easy to understand. The book is a quick, easy read with lots of good tips on how to live a better, more balanced life.

In my opinion, the section on nutrition and dieting do not reflect the latest research information. What he says is better than what most people do, but I think this is probably the weakest section of the book. For example he talks about a calorie as if all calories were equal. If you want more current research on dieting, I would suggest taking a look at The Calorie Myth.

This is an excellent book and covers a wide range of topics ranging from health, to continuous life-long learning, to income and asset protection. I think we could all learn from the "Learning to Listen" section.

If you are looking for a book that covers living from a .360 degree standpoint and does it in an excellent manner, this would be a great choice.

I was provided a review copy of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 27, 2014
This is a fantastic book that covers a lot of different areas to work on in order to achieve a balanced life. I was surprised to see it covered health issues as well as financial and intellectual ones, though after reading it I realize how intertwined our health and physical condition is with everything else in our lives.

The book teaches how to make the best decisions instead of the easiest ones, in every aspect of our day to day existence. Only by making good decisions will we have the quality of life we really want. I also appreciated the discussion on stress and how to deal with it in a positive manner. My favorite part, as always, was the personal stories. They were so sincere and helped me connect to the author and his important message of achieving balance in my life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
I've bought self-help books in the past on specific areas - how to improve health or my finances - but it's been slim pickings finding a book that ties everything together. I was impressed at how well this book does that. This book encourages you take a step back and look at life from a big picture perspective. The author succinctly covers each important life area (health, finance, etc.) and outlines how to maximize your 'ROI' by providing his own personal experiences and offering tips and decision making frameworks. Overall, I'm smarter after reading this book than I would be if I didn't, which is basically how I evaluate self-help books. To summarize:
- Comprehensive, succinct, and easy-to-read (Took me less than a week to read)
- Provides good tips and can be used a reference guide
- Credible author (Practicing doctor with an MBA to go along with personal experiences to support advice)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Wow, they say life doesn't come with an instruction manual, but this book sure is close. Optimal Living 360 is a great all-around resource for building a sound life and taking care of yourself. It covers so much information it's almost like getting five books in one. What's great is the author shares a lot of personal stories and he really comes from the heart. This is a great resource book that anyone would benefit from. I'll always have it nearby!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
Based on insights gained from his own experience, Dr. Jain offers guidelines on how to make sound decisions that honor one's core values in just about every area of life. Included is a general overview of how to use one's physical, mental and emotional assets so they contribute to the reader's overall health and happiness. The sections on diet and exercise will prove helpful for many readers. The strongest part, which is not surprising, has to do with maintaining physical health. The reader may find his comments regarding different ways to invest, and also his description of various charities, of special interest. I particularly liked his analysis of stress and how to meet it constructively.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
This is truly the most comprehensive guide for living your best life in so many ways. It is easy to get out of balance in life and this book is really a gem to help me live My Most Optimal Life!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2014
Pros:
- Formalization of decision making process (far better foundation for making decisions)
- Relatively wide range of topics - if you need basics, it's okay.
- Balanced and scientific (no FADs, hype diets, etc.)

Cons:
- On page 199 there is serious fallacy - author doesn't understand how to handle simple Pascal's wager (this puts author's ability in doubt) and makes fear-based decision.
- Amount of personal/anecdotal experience (I really don't care)
- In my opinion too few MBA applications for real life
- Too much focus on health (my opinion: create one book for how to manage health only and reference it. Most of what is written is common knowledge and I really don't need to read about echinacea in MBA book)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2014
This book was recommended by a friend of mine. As I read through the chapters I was quiet impressed how Dr. Jain brings forth ideas to balance your busy life. It's like simple solutions to the mysteries of a complex life. This book influenced me in the way I go about my life every day. It's definitely worth reading. Especially for people with a busy lifestyle looking for a good balance between professional and social life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2014
I bought this book at a reduced price ($2). it was a waste of money. For anyone w half a brain the stuff in here is pathetic. Examples: quit smoking, get fit, exercise. The real genius of this author is that he convinced me to shell out money for this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
When "Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life" first came to my attention I wondered if it really had any words of wisdom or truly a insightful and practical guide to a balanced life... and I was happy to have that skepticism blown right out of the water. This book is something I wish I had when I was younger and made unwise decision that left me so much farther from my life goals than I had originally been.

It's a smart and practical book that guides you through Dr. Jain's thoughtful and insightful approach to life and decision making that really helps to center your thoughts, goal and actions in life. It's a well-written book with a straightforward and easy to understand writing style, making it easy to glean every ounce of insight and help from the author's experience and skills to truly make the most of life and go into every decision making process with more confidence and more streamlined decision making.

Overall, I found the book to be incredibly thought-provoking and useful in making me feel ready and able to approach life smarter, with more balance in mind.
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