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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day Paperback – January 2, 2009
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I immediately downloaded it onto my kindle. It is a short book. I read it about an hour and a half, and I am a slow reader.
The author is British and the book was written in 1905. So by modern standards the advice it contains may seem a little harsh and paternalistic and the language somewhat stilted. But I really enjoyed the presentation compared to many modern politically correct but stylisticaly banal works. The humor is subtle but effective. The arguments are witty and thought-provoking and ultimately persuasive.
He begins with urging us to review our day and set aside time from outside our work hours, that we often waste by doing nothing, to do something truly worthwile. He recommends literature and the arts for building self and character but acknowledges that if one truly has no inclination towards these areas then they could do whatever else they enjoy that is interesting and mentally stimulating.
Besides the activity itself, though, he urges mental discipline and reflection. He stresses that the path to self-development is difficult and requires hard work and persistence. He warns against taking on too much to start with since that could result in failure and lowered self-esteem. He also cautions against going down the path only to become an insufferable prig looking down on everyone else.
While these are some of the bare-bones points he talks about, it is his language and style that makes the book such an enjoyable and inspiring read.
Bennett offers some solutions to the problem of making the most of your time. I unfortunately found I was doing most of his suggestions before having read this book, and yet I still cannot shake the uneasy feeling that my youth has been wasted and time is flying by.
So--relatable start, but no particularly helpful solutions.
In their hand, it is a classic for some reason, the way Bennet looks at certain things and explain how to fully Live your life is truly worth every word of this short book.. Also, it is quite amazing the way you get so much information from such a simple and short book.
How to live on 24 hours a day Is not about performing better with your time, even though he also talks about that, but how to LIVE on 24 hours a day, how to really live and not just watch your time passing through like a Ferrari in a highway.
If you want to have a sneak peak into a fresher way of living, or just remind you of what is really important, or just to read a extremely well written short book, this is for you.
I was instantly drawn in once I started reading. I didn't put the book down until I was done. How can such a powerful book be such a secret? I feel like this book should be at the top of the "Top 100 Free Books" list.
The book, while written in the early 1900s, relates to the modern reader. It address why most of us are dissatisfied with our day, our life. We forget that our time is limited, but even moreso, how to use our time wisely. We are each given 24 hours a day; there is no aristocracy, no bank of time, no borrowing, no lending. The rich and poor are both presented with time equally.
The reader is then provided with insightful wisdom in how to better use the time. In the routines the author presents, happiness can be found. Truly a book on "How to Live". Simple, easy to read, yet more powerful than you would imagine.
After reading this book, I went and bought an original hard cover edition in perfect condition (mind you, this is a book from the early 1900s, so it is the only book I have ever been willing to spend major money on for a hard cover).
I recommend this to all ages and demographics as a "must read".
The book is simply written and beyond expressive. Bennet understands the plight of the busy person and gives all readers valuable insight into practical ways at achieving.
They just don't write books like these anymore. Do yourself a favour and read this book!
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The author is brief and direct to the point.
And a pleasant mixture of humor makes it sweater. :)