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Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur's Journey Toward Authentic Joy Kindle Edition
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I can't believe I've gotten myself into this mess. Why am I going to all this effort if I'm getting nothing from it? Why'd Camino have to pick me, of all the people at the game, to sit by that day? I was fine. Just fine. I was successful, had a place I felt at home, even though it was at Tony's bar and ironically, not at home. I was a good father---I mean, I provided for my kids and I didn't demand a lot from my wife.
The twinge of guilt was like an arrow to my heart, from out of nowhere, as I remembered my son's reaction last night when I tried Camino's suggestion to "shoot the breeze" with him. Did I really only want to talk to him when I was pointing out something he was doing wrong?
And my wife thought I came home "early" last night, even though it was a good two hours after I left the office. Okay, so maybe I'm not going to get Father of the Year or the Husband Achievement Award, but my kids get pretty much everything they want and my wife can go shopping anytime.
I was just thinking about that at the game the other day. I've got it pretty good. I mean, things could always improve, right? What was it I was daydreaming about that day? Before Camino pushed his way into my life? Oh yeah, I was thinking about the trip I'd cancelled with my son. Again. Ah yes, there's that familiar feeling of failure now. I wasn't even watching the game, and suddenly I'd felt a presence.
A shadow fell over me, blocking the sun. As I wasn't seated within peanut-throwing distance of anyone else, naturally I looked up to see who could be blocking my sun. The tall stranger didn't say a word. Just took a seat (c'mon man!) right next to me.
Okay, just ignore him. Don't let anybody spoil this time. It's me time! C'mon, Cleve. Back to the smell of the grass, the taste of the cold beer in your hand. This is the life! Am I right? I'm free to do this--that's the American dream, right?
Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed he was watching me out of the corner of his. Dang it, Cleve. You know the first rule is NEVER MAKE EYE CONTACT. I nodded. He nodded back. Well, this is just going swimmingly. Can I just ignore him now? Sighing, I leaned forward, hoping to avoid any conversation.
Apparently, he felt the same way, because he leaned forward too, as though to really grasp the situation on the diamond. I relaxed a bit. Maybe I really could get through this.
"So, what do you think?" The question came out of nowhere. I glanced at him again.
"Excuse me?" I was trying my best not to be rude, but man, he sat right next to me in a section full of empty seats. This was "me" time and it was sacred. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
Scaling up a business not only takes its toll on the owner, it tends to spill over onto the family and other personal relationships, often ending in tragic messes. But it doesn’t need to be this way. We like to say that “routine sets you free,” and Doug’s book brilliantly highlights those routines that will set you free, bringing joy to both your life and those around you. It just requires the same skills needed to grow a successful business: focus and discipline. --- Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles and author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)
Original and entertaining, Rethink Happy offers down-to-earth self-discovery lessons through a lighthearted, purposeful story. --- Mary Leonida, president and CEO, Polaris Cos. and Track Consulting
Prepare to be inspired! Yes, each one of us is called to live a more authentic and meaningful life. --- John S. Archer, president and CEO, Concepts for Business --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01BBYXECY
- Publisher : Morgan James Publishing (March 17, 2016)
- Publication date : March 17, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 542 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 214 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,615,243 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3,147 in Motivational Business Management
- #3,315 in Business Motivation & Self-Improvement (Kindle Store)
- #7,015 in Happiness
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Cleve is a successful businessman and has everything a person would want in life, right up until he loses it all. Camino becomes his life coach and directs him towards a journey that he has never taken before. Camino’s approach comes with three fundamental principles quoted from the author “Old school philosophy and new school science towards understanding the secrets of living with authentic joy.”
This book is very uplifting and joyful to read. By the end of the tale, the message is clear, and it does make you wonder about your own life and have you think through the way you are currently living. Time, love, peace and sacrifice are all key to succeeding in this path of fulfillment. In addition, there are some spiritual and religious references included, in hopes of achieving happiness. Many concepts are discussed in this book the tale has a very realistic approach on triumphing setbacks in life.
Struggling is what we do when we cannot find the right path to take and since living in the 21st century comes along with many ups and down, I believe that having this book on your bookshelf will definitely work in your favor especially when times are tough.
Written by Jeyran Main
Seriously, that’s the moral of this story.
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t as vulgar as that, but that’s pretty much the gist of this 214 pages of tedium. For me, “Rethink Happy” was a great endorsement for ghostwriting; here we have a non-writer who had a good idea, but no clue how to execute it in an interesting way. Does it make a difference that this is categorized as being geared towards those in a business management position? I really don’t think it should, but maybe it does? I’m a self-employed freelancer in the literary world and I (usuall) adore self-help books, but this still didn’t speak to me even a little.
There are a lot of adjectives I could use to describe Cleve and none of them are positive or flattering. He was the most clueless, delusional, unlikable, poor-me-I’m-such-a-victim character I’ve ever come across. Perhaps this was deliberate on the part of the author, but if so, it was a heavy-handed, overdone tactic that quickly got old. For me at least, Cleve would have been more relatable if he’d displayed SOME level of autonomous insight instead of having everything spoon-fed to him by Camino. “Rethink Happy” was 60-something chapters (I’ll get to that in a minute) long and even as late as Chapter 40, Cleve was still whining about how hard he worked and how Camino had lost him with the current concept. He doesn’t want to continue the lessons he’d supposedly learned because they’re hard, he’s busy, blah blah blah. Combine that with all the “you know?” and “I mean” and the picture of a whining, lazy, self-indulgent teenager was utterly complete. Camino, at least, was more interesting and I liked him quite a bit even if we do seem to have a difference of opinion on the whole prayer thing. I felt his drawing a distinction between “happiness” and “joy” to be spot on. However, I am still firm on my stance that “everything happens for a reason” is a crock. It does nothing but give people an out on responsibility or taking action…but I digress.
“Rethink Happy” was something of a turn off from a stylistic standpoint as well. I didn’t, and still don’t, see the point of so many, annoyingly short chapters unless it was to give those with a nonexistent attention span frequent places to take a break. Mr. Kisgen tended to start a new chapter when a new paragraph would probably have been more appropriate. It might also have eliminated the numerous chapters that began with dialogue that lacked opening quotation marks. That was the most prevalent typo I noticed, but there were a handful of others. Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I’m a stickler for good editing.
Bottom line: I suppose if you need the concept of being a decent person spoon-fed to you, then “Rethink Happy” will be right up your alley. On the bright side, Camino did provide some good, concrete examples of putting the concept into action, so there’s that to redeem this book.