It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I read this book by Paul Arden a few days back, and I’m still in an absolutely inspired mood. Paul, being an advertising legend, writes from experience and makes this book so much interesting.
There were a few new takeaways for me. And there were a lot of those well established wisdom such as: take risks, work hard, be curious, keep failing, make mistakes, yadda yadda. You know, right? The sort of wisdom that must be sent into our subconscious time and again to make them a habit.
In any case, it’s not that long a book, so a quick repeat wisdom wouldn’t hurt anybody, right?
The rest of the blog post is about those few reviews that really put me off.
I’m surprised by a few remarks about this book being repetitive. More specifically, people seem disappointed by the recurring nature of the advice in “these kind of books”.
And while I agree to that remark in particular, I strongly stand against their tone of disrespect toward the book and the author.
Honestly, what else do you expect? Most successful people share a similar characteristics and, one way or another, go on to face similar adversities which they overcome with similar sort of mentality and actions — no matter what their industry or field may be.
And, perhaps, we are forgetting the whole point of reading “these” books. We read them because they are insights into the mind of the authors. Authors who are legends of their respective field.
We read to understand their thinking process, their beliefs, their values.
The authors provide us ‘mentorship’ through these books.
And do you reject being mentored by great minds, the legends, just because you’ve heard their “advice” somewhere else?
And that’s all there is to my rant. Thank you for listening.