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"This book can help anyone find what's important and begin to build a life around it." --Penelope Trunk, author of "Brazen Careerist "

"Sam Davidson . . . fulfills his mission to help you reflect on life's biggest questions, clear the clutter in your life, and make room for what really matters."--Jenny Blake, author of "Life After College"

"This book doesn't change your life--it helps you find it, reorganize it, and inspires you to begin living it!" --Matthew Paul Turner, author of "Churched" and "Hear No Evil"

About the Author

Sam Davidson co-founded Cool People Care in 2006. He currently serves as the company’s president, managing its rapid growth (Cool People Care has raised more than $100,000 for charities with its merchandise line). Sam has helped numerous nonprofit organizations design and launch new programs, including The Climate Project and Oasis Center. Having helped other organizations and companies develop messaging strategies aimed at the next generation, in 2010, he co-founded Proof, a company that specializes in branding and marketing services for nonprofits and entrepreneurs. In 2007, Sam wrote his first book, New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and conference leader, with recent speaking engagements that have included The YMCA of the USA’s General Assembly, The International Institute for Education’s Foreign Fulbright Program, The Center for Nonprofit Management, and The Young Nonprofit Professional Network. He also appears frequently on TV, in print, and on radio as a resource and expert when it comes to Generation Y, philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and community leadership. Recent interviews and appearances have included USA Today, Minnesota Public Radio, Ode Magazine, and Vocalo. In 2011, The Chronicle of Philanthropy named Davidson one of the Top 10 New Nonprofit Voices. Sam currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596528206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596528208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had incredibly high hopes for Simplify your Life by Sam Davidson. It feels like I work from when I wake up to when I go to bed. My house is full of clutter. My inbox is swamped. I absolutely needed help simplifying my life, and I looked forward to reading this book and getting advice.

First I had to wade through pages and pages of intro and thanks material before I got into the actual book. The book, while seeming fairly thick, seems to average only 9 words per line (using a quite large font) so the amount of content is minimal. There was quite a lot of history about the author and his biography before we get into how I can actually benefit from his knowledge.

But wait! Apparently he's written a book before. Did you know that? If you didn't, you'll be reminded of that fact - it seems - every ten pages or so. He'll be talking about a topic you actually want to know about, but he then tells you to go buy his other book to learn more. The first time or two it was sort of cute. By the tenth time I was getting fairly aggravated. I'm sitting here reading THIS book. I want the help NOW, not when I go drive out to my local bookstore and pay him again.

My main frustration here is that the key message of this book is NOT about simplifying your life. It's - if anything - about making it more complicated by reviewing everything you're doing, building lists of strengths and weaknesses, and revamping your life in a new direction. I want to make clear that this philosophy is one I believe in wholeheartedly. It's what BellaOnline, my company, is founded on, and it's what I preach daily. However I already *do* do what I love. I already adore my tasks. I already own countless books on the topic of setting goals and so on. That's not what I got this book for!
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Format: Paperback
This book takes that how-to-declutter-your-house kind of approach and applies it to how you live your life. It's about the things you do, rather than your stuff, and it begins with an evaluative process. Like all those clothes jammed in your closet, if you don't know what is important to you, you can't make good decisions about what to keep in your life and what to "throw away."

The book has 8 chapters:

1-what is simplicity
2-why does it matter
3-simplicity is a process
4-going from passion to action
5-creating your personal strategic plan
6-decluttering in order to focus on what matters
7-destressing to be happier
8-staying balanced

The book is really about the process of simplification with the author's own story, which is very good, thrown in. That process begins with some thought and planning and then moves to a concrete action plan. I think it is appropriate that the author doesn't try to be prescriptive because the number of "right" plans is far too diverse-that is an individual decision. The writing tone is conversational and very approachable. The author suggests using lists often to get priorities down on paper which seems deceptively simple, when actually trying to write things down, the things you assume that are clear in your head and less clear in the real world.

I like how the author encourages you to have the courage to follow your passion, but in a pragmatic way. Many people clutter their lives because they have a hard time saying no - so I love the part of this book where the author tells you how to say no in a respectful way.

Overall a great book for someone who is feeling overwhelmed in life and looking for an organized way to align their true passion with what they do every day without being swamped by taking on too much, and it shows you how to use your rational mind to help you successfully pursue your dreams!
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This is a terrific book with tremendous insight into truly simplifying your life. I think about this concept a lot, and picked up this book thinking it would be about clearing your life of clutter, as written about by some of my favorite organizing gurus like Peter Walsh.

Instead, the book was actually much more interesting and effective, as the author speaks to the concept of living a happier, more passionate and focused life by simplifying how you spend your TIME and determining whether or not you are effectively pursing your passions or just "cluttering" your life with actions and people that weigh you down. His view of a simplified life is one that is busy with elements that are exciting and meaningful. He does not mean ridding yourself of all possessions (minimalism, as he describes it) , or changing your life over a weekend by cleaning out a few closets. Instead, he writes about ridding yourself of ACTIVITIES that are not important to you. There is a roadmap about the process of taking Dreams to Action, simplifying your life by removing elements that are not meaningful and focusing on what inspires you and building your life around it.

Also, a very notable and interesting concept he writes about is not saying "yes" to too many things. it sounds easy, but its much easier to say yes than no, and the author goes into great detail about removing a false sense of obligation and not adding commitments and experiences that don't excite or mean anything to you. All in all, a very worthwhile book with many great tips to put into action for the near and long term.
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