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The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in Life Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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Leo, the owner of the wildly popular ZenHabits blog, has written one of those classics that apply to both our business and personal lives. In brief, The Power of Less is a treatise on the small steps (see my blog post on the Kaizen way) we can take to simplify our lives and in the doing find far more joy and success than all of our manic behavior could produce.
The book begins with Leo's own story of being an debt, overweight, smoking, workaholic who rarely saw his family. His life was chaotic and he never had time for the things and people he loves. (Sound familiar?) Then, he made the choice to simplify his life in small continuous ways; first he quit smoking by focusing all of his energy on that one goal.
Then, he attacked other goals, one at a time, like becoming a runner, eating healthier, starting a successful blog, and getting out of debt.
One by one the goals were met (and exceeded). Leo has run two marathons, has doubled his income, became a vegetarian, decluttered his home, lost 45 pounds, and spends quality time with his family. Today, Leo's blog is one of the top 50 blogs in the world, with more than two million readers a month. If that doesn't make you want to adopt his principles, nothing will!Read more ›
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I didn't like it in audio format, though, which I explain in my video review, so while the content deserves five stars, the robotic, slick narrator and the way the format of the book worked with being read aloud brought the star rating down.
One other minor quibble was that Leo mentioned "previous posts" and "later posts" in his book a lot. Some of the content was obviously written for a blog format and it wasn't edited vigorously enough to catch these mistakes.
Other than that, though, the content is exactly what I expected from reading Leo's blog and I enjoyed the book a lot. It's a good kick in the rear if you need help getting fired up to achieve your goals through simplicity.
The book is simple and direct with little fluff. It's aimed at everyone, not just the big-time business managers and the yuppie type. As a student and writer, I find that 7 Habits and Getting Things Done and the like, while they're great, just don't feel like they're aimed at me. The Power of Less is, though. And it's undiluted greatness. There's no New Age-y stuff in here, nothing really abstract. Just solid, practical approaches to the problems that everyone faces.
Here's the one catch, though: at least 85-90% of the content in this book is fundamentally equivalent to what's been posted on his blog, Zen Habits (zenhabits dot net). Leo's techniques rely on simplicity so much that there are really only so many ways you can spin it.
There are a lot of reasons to buy this book: it goes a little bit deeper in its explanations, it is a great summary and introduction to everything on Leo's site, it supports Leo after all of the hard work he has put in to helping your average Joe like me make his life and his world a little bit better, and it introduces his ideas in a logical order.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very easy and informative read. Several of the strategies for productivity and simplifying one's life I have already put into practice with great success. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony M. Smith
Nothing really groundbreaking, but I appreciated the breakdown of each step. It helps put the basics in perspective and seem more obtainable and sustainable.Published 3 months ago by Barry K Brown
Good book summarizing key concepts of living with less and achieving your goals. Is a simple book and easy to read.Published 4 months ago by JTG
This book has some great original ideas, but at least 1/3 of the material seems as though it was taken straight out of David Allen's "Getting Things Done," right down to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richie
The author does a masterful job of presenting reasons, methods and motivations to simplify your life and move toward a more satisfying and successful outcome. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Erlene P Anderson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Minimalism is awesome. Again I will attempt the minimalism lifestyle! This time I will succeed!!!Published 7 months ago by Leigh Alexandra:)
I pulled a line from the first few pages of the books that I have now framed. You can do the same. And the rest of the book is brilliant!Published 9 months ago by GravelGertie