- File Size: 890 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Publisher: The One Week Book (December 14, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 14, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006M9T8NI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ikigai Kindle Edition
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Massive re-read value; I thought the last section of the book (the email from his friend Brendon) was lofty, idealistic, and way too "out there" the first time I read it. I remember thinking "is this guy for real? Does he really talk and think like this?" I re-read the book to take more detailed notes recently, and that section actually began to make more sense.
Timeless writing --- when you go back every couple months or years, you'll find that you can use what he writes to gain perspective on recent events, over and over.
. It's scruffy, not-quite-edited and looks like he copy-and-pasted blog posts into an eBook, like other reviewers have mentioned. But for 7 bucks you get the best of his hundreds of articles, and the information that, for me, got me started down this path of improvement and wanting MORE out of life and myself, all wrapped up into a convenient package.
The most powerful part was the introductory story in Japan. If you're considering buying, use Amazon's "Sample at the Beginning" feature to read that story. If it hits you hard (as in: wow! someone else feels that way too), then you're the sort who can gain great value from the lessons that follow.
Because of this, I feel like this book is best for people already working on themselves, who've already realized that they don't fit the "mold" and looking for inspiration and advice on how to get to the next level. In addition, the book was written in one week, and it does show at times. However, the gems in the book are well worth the price.
More relevant to younger audiences.
The good part of the book is that it will force you to think strategically about getting the most from life. It will also give you the motivation to start doing stuff-- Sebastian appeals to the reality of death quite often. The book also contains a lot of practical advice, such as making sure to improve your credit rating.
On the negative side the book is poorly edited. Lots and lots of typos. It seems that the author wrote the book quickly without really looking over what he'd written at all. If you look at his blog a lot of the chapters are there as blog posts.
In terms of the content, I sometimes take issue with Sebastian's philosophical stance. My impression is that his life philosophy is geared towards making an impact in the world through beneficial charitable, artistic, and scientific projects. The value of projects like this is justified in a cursory manner. In effect Sebastian writes, "you're going to die, so why not make an impact?". I praise Sebastain's questioning of the big questions and his desire to make a difference, but nevertheless I think that goals more focused towards understanding our inner world our important too.
Overall, a good book that will make you think and challenge you. I'm glad I read it!