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Not the 100 great ideas on how to Motivate, but just any old 100 ways.
on April 15, 2013
I edited my review in part because when Amazon put it on the web they ADDED, for some strange reason, the "five characters,(the and sign, the pound sign, the numerals 3 and 4, and the semicolon, that when I try to preview what I wrote only appear as quotation marks" over and over again, many times throughout my review! What is up with this?!?
I was frustrated by the author's writing style and choice of wording. He seemed to me to be de-powering ideas (that I had read before and that I knew had significant impact). His attempts to explain these ideas would lose me in his often awkward wording. He would draw some aspects out that had little value and leave out important aspects of the same technique. Often the same idea was restated in several entries.
My rating was between 2 and 3 stars, and I am giving it a 3 because I tend to feel bad when I give a negative review. I am doing the review in spite of not liking to say negative things, because I feel I was mislead by all the 5 stars his other books had gotten. I want to help even out the ratings.
Lately a lot of the reviews that I have used to pick my purchases have been way too enthusiastically positive, and so instead of being helpful to me, now make me worry that I can't trust the reviews.
I was looking for a boiled down list of the BEST suggestions on how to motivate myself. From all of the reviews, that is what this book seemed to be. I almost got them all, but then remembered all the duds I had gotten because of the glowing reviews, and decided to just try one by this author and see.
Good thing I waited. When I looked at the title again, it DIDN'T say BEST, just 100 ways. So I guess that is my fault. One of the authors ways to solve problems is to brainstorm, where he tells you to put down anything you can think of good or bad, helpful or not, realistic or not. It seems to me that is how he came up with HIS "ways".
I thought most of his suggestions were just so-so. Lots of: this is what happened to me...to my friends...to people I know... Even ideas that I knew were good from reading books by the authors he was citing, his rewording of the ideas, just made it slow, and a lot less powerful.
An example of a poor suggestion is "Get your stars out" which then for two pages basically says everybody has some greatness in them, instead of suppressing it, express it. Now, if he has just said that, it would have been an OK suggestion; but instead he took two pages to say it.
He is open about some his own personal problems in the book, and hints at others, which give some legitimacy to his purpose in writing the book. From what he says of his life he seems to have had an exciting and full one, and you begin to wonder just what did happen to him in his past that would make him so unhappy with such a important life.
It does get a tad old as he tells you all the important people he has met, talked to, worked with. I don't know why this bothered me; it has never bothered me when others do it, there just was a LOT of it. In fact his quotes from other authors are one of the better parts of his book, though there are not very many.
An example of a good suggestion, and I stretched to make the suggestions good... I outlined, I dissected, I picked and drew out the ideas to find some meat... Was #30 He said rituals were short-cuts to motivation. That is a novel idea, that is a good idea... He said doing something is what leads to doing to something;..yes, I can see him building on the idea..this makes me hope this will be a good suggestion. Then he dithers off into side tracks that really don't help his point and I begin to think oh no, another so so suggestion. BUT he picks up the ball again and writes essentially that rituals help you override your habitual hesitation by getting you going before you can think about starting or not starting. BINGO, a good suggestion.
Roughly, I would say about 10% of the ideas are fairly good, 10% fair, 60% so so, and the rest restatements or just poor.
I will say for the book, he has a put a bibliography in the back of the book; which I think is good, because I will look THOSE authors up and see if I can get more help from them. AND he has put an index at the end of the book, and does a good job of listing ideas and topics that were in the book.
I might buy (in an impulse buy) another 100 "suggestions" book, mainly because the "ways" are so short that they are the perfect amount of time to read something while you are in the bathroom.
May 2013 I am editing my review for the THIRD time! This is really bothering me that I can't let this review go. I feel guilty for not giving this book a better rating...and this is why. At the end of the book the author says if you say the suggestions are good but don't do anything for you, it is because you aren't doing anything for yourself. That you can't just read suggestions to motivate yourself, you HAVE to DO the suggestions, and once you do them long enough, and hard enough many things will actually help you. The book suggests that the real value of the book shows up after you have read it a few times or more...so perhaps I didn't read it enough. I did outline it, make notes in the margins, rewrite the headings... So now I am saying, that while I do think the book was just a 3, an OK; maybe on my third reading it might be a 4, and maybe it will be a 4 stars for you right off the bat. After all this guy had a ton of problems he says and he seems to feel he is much more centered and successful because of these techniques... NOW, will my conscience please shut up?