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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings - and Life by [Vanderkam, Laura]
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About the Author

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, All The Money In The World, 168 Hours, and Grindhopping. She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company's website, and a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader's Digest, Prevention and other publications. She lives with her husband and three children outside Philadelphia.

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  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (January 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AWFEATU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kimberly Reece on June 20, 2012
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I think I misunderstood what this book was going to do for me. I was expecting ideas and tips and what I got was almost an autobiography. I learned more about the author and her family than I did about reversing my late night/late morning habits.

It was well written and I have no real complaints other than the title being misleading. It wasn't a guide at all. It was humorous but not very instructive.

Also it led me to inadvertent irony in action - I stayed up late reading this book and ended up oversleeping the next day.
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I enjoyed reading this book but be aware of what you're buying. It's very short and probably a bit overpriced for the length. It doesn't provide any real insights either - the entire book can really be reduced to: get up early and use that time to work on things that you consider meaningful ('important but not urgent' tasks).
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I feel shortchanged. This "book" is not as advertized, so check the subtitle before you buy it. It is a short, with the emphasis on short, guide to making over your mornings. It is a quick read with a few good ideas, but there is not enough there for it to make the leap from pamphlet or extended magazine article, to book.

There isn't enough new - I'm familiar with the time management strategy of "do the important things first, to make sure they get done."
There isn't enough substance - I had burned through 60 percent of this "book" in about an hour.
There isn't enough background - how and why did the successful people referenced in the book develop their morning routines? Tell me more about who they are?

The good thing is I got this review done before breakfast. Maybe I'll write a pamphlet next, and call it a book.
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The book was an easy read, which I finished in a couple days. The information was average there were not any real new concepts in the book. Mostly information you probably already know. That being said I will try to be more productive in the mornings and implement some of the tips from the book. To be honest there were some things that were a bit redundant you get the point early on. I would say go ahead and buy the book. However, the current price as of this post is 2.99 its more of 99 cent kindle read. If the price goes higher than a few bucks, you might feel disappointed.
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By Eric on December 20, 2012
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If you sat down and started writing about success one weekend, just based on whatever came to mind, you would be able to compete with this book.
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The book is very short and was a quick, easy read. The book basically was saying that you can exercise in the mornings or make breakfast time the family time instead of dinner and other random stuff. It also said that mornings are the best time to get stuff done rather than later in the day because there are no interruptions, but hey, there are no interruptions later in the night too. Also if you are getting up early, what about sleep? Should we cut down in it? This was not discussed and it merely said go to bed earlier. Now we all know that is not possible in several households. So yeah, the book didn't help me at all. I paid the kindle price which is $4, and even at that price it did not seem worth it.
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I read the "sample" of this book on my Kindle and thought the rest of the book would have more insights on the morning habits of well-known professionals in business, government, education, science, etc. I purchased & read the full version and found it had fewer specifics on people than I was anticipating and describes more broadly the habits some people follow to improve the effectiveness of their days. That being said, it was worth the quick read (it is a long essay), and I'll consider how to integrate some of its principles into my life.
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So many books today outline great ideas about how to make our lives better. And so few of them offer real, concrete, actionable behaviors that help you get you there. Not so here. In this accessible, intelligent and readable book, Laura Vanderkam puts forth an old idea in a very modern light. Basically, that getting up early--and putting those hours to good, productive, enriching use--is a key driver of success for many people. Moreover, she provides compelling evidence for why this is and outlines doable things we all can apply if we want to experience this in the real world.
Now, let me share my own proclivities: I am not and never have been a "morning person." I tend to be more of a night owl and do some of my best work in the evening hours. Vanderkam references the differences inherent in what she calls night owls (a camp she identifies with) and larks (those who more naturally rise before dawn). But she also points out that most of fall in between these two dichotomies. My own morning routines tend to revolve around rising so that I have just enough time to do what I HAVE to do: coffee, hygiene, coffee, kids, transportation, coffee, get to meetings/work. Reading this book revealed thoughts about not only how others have found success through rising earlier (not news) but why this is so and specifically how we might apply some of these disciplines to our own lives. I found this level of detail refreshing, and liked her honest approach to habit formation (clue: it is NOT just a matter of willpower).
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and, more importantly, have started to actively apply many of its recommendations and precepts into my daily life. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to make time for the important, not just urgent, things in their lives.
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