What is #100books ?- I wanted to share the details of some really amazing books that I read but need not always be the typical bestsellers. I accidentally “discovered” most of them – some in airport stores of different countries, some in friends’ old hard disks and some are new releases. So, sharing the awesomeness. Check out my earlier review here.
Here we go with the second one….
I became a fan of the author Rolf Dobelli after reading his book “The Art of Thinking Clearly” last year. When I saw his latest book “The Art of the Good Life” on the stands, I wasn’t sure about picking up this book, given it’s cliched title. But I did anyways and this turned out to be one of the most to-the-point and impactful books I read in a while. Similar to his earlier book, this book is divided into multiple chapters (52), each contributing for the so called “good life”.
This is a “no rhetoric”, “straight to the point” book with summaries on topics like – modesty vs self importance, outer vs inner scorecards, being a specialist vs generalist. I read some interesting points of view & theories for the first time . Ex. (a) Sturgeon’s law – how 90% of everything is just bullshit and to be selective in our choices of people, information, etc, (b) “Secretary problem”- how to effectively choose from a given sample set, (c) “Decision Fatigue” – how increased choices are impacting our decision process.
It also addressed some of my long term dilemnas on reading efficiently, reacting to the world around us and role of volunteering, dealing with negative emotions like self-pity and envy, building a “mental fortress”, understanding and operating within our circle of control, dignity and competence in life, (non)importance of having opinions on various topics. I was surprised at the author’s take on most of the above topics.
He uses examples from history and his personal experiences to illustrate them better. He ends every chapter with a clear “call-to-action”. While reading, I found many of the topics personally relevant and above all, his ideas were “refreshing”.They are useful and actionable for bettering our personal and professional lives.