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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Better Decisions for a Balanced Life, March 15, 2014
This review is from: Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life (Hardcover)
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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