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Only Read the Fine Print: and Other Things I Hope My Children Learn Sooner Than I Did Paperback – October 2, 2014
"... a valuable guide for dealing with reality. These really are lessons we all wish we had learned earlier." -Mensa Bulletin
About the Author
Thomas Briggs lives in Rhode Island with his three beautiful children, his wife, and her rabbit. For twenty years he has been a software developer and manager for start-up software companies. When not hacking software or leading engineering teams he enjoys hiking, martial arts, gardening, and writing.
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Only Read the Small Print is one of the lessons Thomas Briggs has learned and presented in the book. There are plenty of other lessons presented here. In contrast with many legal contracts, there is no small print and the book is a quick, easy and enjoyable read.
This book actually presents a valuable philosophy of life - starting with Chapter 1 - The Three Most Important Things. Mr. Briggs says the three most important things in life are: The whole point of life is to be happy; Be right here, right now, all the time (be fully present) and Have no regrets. Chapter 1 sets the stage or foundation for the balance of the book. There is a simple one page essay explaining the author's view on each of those topics.
From there, Mr. Briggs presents a handful of essays in support of Chapter 1. Then he provides insights into: Thoughts on Excellence, Money, Practical Advice, Perspectives on Reality and finishes with Words of Wisdom.
Words of Wisdom is a very short collection of the author's favorite quotes.
In my view the most important chapter is Money. Mr. Briggs gives a very short but insightful discussion of what money and the role it plays in our lives. Two essays that I really like in that chapter are: "Money is only a way to transfer power" and "If you don't control your money, your money will control you." You will gain a real appreciation of money and how our view of money impacts our lives in so many ways.
This book is very short, a quick read - probably an hour or so - but very insightful. There is a world of wisdom in this short book.
I really believe that anyone can gain valuable insights into living a better life - finding more happiness in life from reading this book. Keep it handy and refer to it often. It would also make an excellent gift for anyone struggling with life or to help a young person avoid many of life's struggles.
I was provided a review copy of this book.
This is not one of those dull self help books that preach to you. It is an intelligently written, candid look at the common mistakes we make in life and the simple ways we can begin changing them.
Many times while reading this handbook, I stopped and thought to myself...wow, that really makes sense. That little tidbit is really accurate about the way I live day to day, and if I change that I just might be a little happier with myself. This is advice that I can easily apply to my life with a little persistence and dedication. Very few individuals are completely at peace with themselves, I know I certainly am not. We can always use that extra bit of sage advice from an open mind.
"Only Read the Fine Print" made me laugh, but most importantly made me wonder. There are a few quotes and phrases that have really resonated with me, I hope to continue to apply them to my life in a positive way.
I would recommend this book for ages 12+
definitely recommend to others for a short, sweet and eye opening read!