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The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want Paperback – December 25, 2012
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I'm not a golfer, but but the metaphor that Vardy carries through the book works: from teeing off to finishing on the green and even how to deal with hazards. While some of the advice seems almost obvious, there is enough insight in this short book to generate some aHa moments, especially for those facing a bigger project that they are having trouble breaking down into its components.
While many people start fresh or start something new in January, Vardy argues you can get your start any time you want with just a little planning, practice, and follow through.
HOWEVER, the following has no connection to reality or golf, and distracts greatly from the central message of this book (that you can start your "year" -- make your changes -- any time you want. Oh, and holes 4-13 are TEN holes!):
"So, if you're going to play some golf with your friends and you are late, showing up by the time they reach the 4th hole, then your front nine are holes four through thirteen. And when the final scores are tallied, your scores will be based on the same amount of holes, but not on the exact same holes."
Vardy, Mike (2014-01-15). The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want (p. 6). Diversion Books. Kindle Edition.
What distinguishes THE FRONT NINE from other productivity books I've read is Vardy's approach to teaching productivity through foundational concepts of personal development and human psychology -- things like the practical, simple but oft-overlooked strategies behind confident decision-making and understanding personal priorities before pursuing meaningful goals.
True to form, THE FRONT NINE wishes to help its readers create meaningful work through productivity, and so the book continually speaks to the reader in meaningful ways. Throughout THE FRONT NINE, Vardy's voice and tone are refreshingly friendly and engaging, and I felt the author speaking to the reader like a friend instead of a productivity line. To me, that matters a lot. And if you enjoy reading great content that helps you create more meaningful work (in spite of our busy and noisy world), THE FRONT NINE will keep you "teeing up" hole after hole, no matter the weather.
Mike Vardy (of <a href="http://productivityist.com/">Productivityist</a>) splits up a project or a year's progress in to 3 stages mapped to a game of golf.</p>
The Drive is where you start your project. It's where you survey the landscape and the possible obstacles to make sure that your first shot puts you in the best position as you start out and head to The Fairway.</p>
This is where people spend most of their time, traveling towards the goal with obstacles (like rough grass, sand traps, water...) all around them.</p>
The goal is to make progress, avoid the obstacles and continue to make "strategic, efficient, and effective progress as you go."</p>
This is that last 10% of your year or project, which seems to take just as much time as the first 90% of the year/project.</p>
Not only do you need to finish strong here, but you need to stop and reflect on the strategies that got you here. What went well, what didn't? What will you do different next time?</p>
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only concept of setting up goals was useful. Lacking in a lot of details and science. Don't buy it...borrow from the library instead....Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mike has a great writing style. The Front Nine is more like having a conversation with a close friend than it is reading a self help book. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Cody W
Mike has written a great book. With this, you should be able to stop, reassess where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Erik Fisher
It's an interesting book, but it demands close reading. It helps that the pace of the book is very fast, and Mike has written it very well, really enjoyable and useful. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Arin Basu
I'm not big on reading self-help and motivational books, probably because I'm retired and I don't feel they have much to offer me. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by LarryMcJ
This book was recommended to me and having read it feel the need to read it again as I didn't get anything out of it. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Patrick Tuohy
A very quick read packed with great information that helped me reflect on the things I'm doing well (or not so well) at getting things done. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
After finishing reading Mike's book, I wrote the following review on my site as well. I hope you all find this helpful! Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Daniel Gold