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Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Details:    Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life Author: Clare Hudson Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation Publishing Date: December 19, 2016 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   My Thoughts:  30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just…

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine – A Review

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine – A Review

Book Details: Title: How to Be Your Own Genie Author: Radleigh Valentine Genre: Law of Attraction, New Age, Self-Help Publication Date: November 28th, 2017 Publisher: Hay House Welcome to my review of Law of Attraction Secrets: How To Be Your Own Genie by popular HayHouse…

Book Review: Hiding In The Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele

Book Review: Hiding In The Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele

Book Details:

Title: Hiding In The Bathroom

Author: Morra Aarons-Mele

Publisher: Harper-Collins

Publication Date: September 26th, 2017

Genre: Self-Help, Women & Business

My Thoughts:

I am an introvert – not one that is subjected to social phobias, but if you give me the choice between staying at home, and working on my dreams versus going out to hang out in large crowds, I would stay at home.

But as a business owner, it seems that being an extrovert is what is valued the most – at least that is what it looks like on the surface. Thankfully, Mora Aarons-Mele tackles this and many other misconceptions about being a business owner and successful in your career, are tackled and dissolved in an entertaining and thorough manner in Hiding In The Bathroom.

While I do not agree with everything in the book – I especially had a problem with how she tackled the subject of anxiety, and called to turn it into an asset (clinical anxiety, and anxiety that stems of PTSD and abuse, for example, are never an asset, no matter how you twist it or package it), but most of her points are solid and have a lot of merits.

I did, however, enjoy that the Author emphasizes on creating a work environment and style that fits the individual, rather than what we expect to behave like. Tailoring productivity in spurts, for example, works well for me personally, as I have fatigue and brain fog from my chronic illnesses, but if I move away from an 8-hour workday all in one chunk, and instead work in two-hour increments, I can actually focus better, therefore produce more. This flexibility is something we as business owners can embrace to it’s fullest, and this book showcases that technique.



Another strategy that I was able to resonate with talked about being empathetic. Introverts tend to have – according to the Author – more empathy for others and are more in touch with their emotional side, which in turn can be a true asset, and with that, I completely agree. As she points out – Empathy sells.

Overall, this book, written without much fluff – which I appreciated a lot – was an easy to read, a detailed non-fiction book about a subject that needs to be addressed more often. I don’t need to agree with the entire toolbox in order to find tricks and tips that are actually helpful and to find a book worth the read. Therefore, I can without a doubt recommend Hiding In The Bathroom to you, my dear readers. 

Favorite Quote:

You can learn and practice the skills you need to achieve a version of success, that is right for you.

Book Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary:

From the marketing guru and host of the popular podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, a breakthrough introverts’ guide that broadens the conversation sparked by Quiet and moves away from the “Lean In” approach, offering wisdom and practical tips to help readers build strong relationships and achieve their own definition of professional success.



Most ambitious people believe that reaching the peaks of success means being on 24/7—tirelessly networking, deal-making, and keynoting conferences. This is nonsense, says Morra Aarons-Mele. As an eminent entrepreneur with a flourishing business and a self-proclaimed introvert with lots of anxieties, Morra disagrees with the notion that there’s only one successful “type”: the intense, super social, sleep-deprived mover and shaker, the person who musters endless amounts of “grit.” Hiding in the Bathroom is her antidote for everyone who is fed up with feeling like they must always “lean in”—who prefer those moments of hiding in the bathroom to constantly climbing the ladder or working the room.

Morra knows what it takes to make your mark, and now, this entrepreneur who has boosted the online strategy of clients such as the Malala Fund, President Obama, the UN Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shares the insights, tricks, and knowledge she’s learned. Filled with advice, exercises to help readers evaluate their own work/life fit and manage anxiety, valuable tools, and stories of countless successful people—entrepreneurs, academics, and novices just beginning their careers—Hiding in the Bathroom empowers professionals of all ages and levels to take control and build their own versions of success. Thoughtful and practical, it is a must-have handbook for building a fantastic, prosperous career and a balanced, happy life—on your own terms.

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How To Be More Productive When Working From Home And More:  The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

How To Be More Productive When Working From Home And More: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Title: The Productivity Project Author: Chris Bailey Publisher: Random House Genre: Self-Help, Productivity Publication Date: January 5th, 2016   My Review: Ever wondered why some people seem to achieve so much, yet they have the same amount of time available to them – 24 hours…

Book Review: Going To The Mountain: Life Lessons From My Grandfather Nelson Mandela

Book Review: Going To The Mountain: Life Lessons From My Grandfather Nelson Mandela

Today (July 18th) is Nelson Mandela Day. The importance of this great and peaceful man is not to be dismissed, and will still resonate with for us a long time from now. I wanted to take the opportunity to touch upon a great book about…

Book review: 200 Ways to Make a Salad

Book review: 200 Ways to Make a Salad

Book details:

Publisher: Dover Publishing
Publishing Date: Originally published in 1914
My thoughts
My first impression of  200 Ways To Make A Salad was that it had an interesting and promising title I was interested to see if it is as good as I think it could be. Then when holding it in my hands, I realized that this book is a  simple republication of a 1914 book called The Book of Salads: The Art of Salad Dressing – nothing more.
Immediately my expectations went down the drain, considering I expected to get an original book. Still, I decided to give it a chance and see if it contained some gems.  After all, it could have been updated, or had some annotations that would make it worthwhile right? Wrong!
The first thing that turns me off about this book is the fact that it didn’t have any pictures, drawings or images at all.  In a cookbook images are incredibly important, they are a part of the presentation, the part of what makes people hungry for cooking. Without it, it is simply a collection of written recipes, nothing special. Sure, the original would not have contained any images, but I don’t see what kept the publishing company from adding images now? It seemed like a cheap copy and paste job, rather than a revamping of a classic.
Names such as Vegetable Salad Ala Princess also showcased how outdated this book is,  with a lot of names of the salads turned into French, or giving a French flair, which was meant to make them special. Yet there was nothing special about them – at all – at least not by the standards of our time, and after all, that is who this book is targeting now. There was nothing added, no updates, the publisher simply copied the original text, and wants us to purchase it now – which is such a lazy way of doing things, and in my opinion dishonest. I am saying that, because the book (due to its age), is no longer protected under copyright law, and therefore available for free on the internet. Unless you are crazy enough to actually pay for it. No worries, I was not. I got the book sent to me from the publisher, in exchange for a review.
Do not waste your time and money purchasing this book instead get the free version or go to Amazon and find one of the many up-to-date visually appealing, well-written cookbooks that are out there on the market at the moment.
Book rating
 1 out of 5 stars
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Book Review Show What You Are Made Of by Marie Frappier – A Honest, and Insightful Look Into Personal Transformation

Book Review Show What You Are Made Of by Marie Frappier – A Honest, and Insightful Look Into Personal Transformation

Book Details: Title: Show What You Are Made Of – Live The Life You Deserve Author: Marie Frappier Publication Date: December 6th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help My Thoughts Show What You Are Made Of is incredibly personal and insightful, something that is rare to see. The honest…

Book Review: Happiness, Health & Humility: How to Erase Stress and Delete Distress for Good

Book Review: Happiness, Health & Humility: How to Erase Stress and Delete Distress for Good

Book Details Title: Happiness, Health & Humility: How to Erase Stress and Delete Distress for Good. Author: Nantaa Masham Publication date: December 20th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help My thoughts Happiness, Health, And Humility is filled with personal experiences and anecdotes that describe the authors intent of…

Book Review: Passive Income by David J. Green

Book Review: Passive Income by David J. Green

Book Detail:

Book Title: Passive Income

Author: David J. Green

Genre: Business, Web-Marketing, E-Commerce

Publication Date: August 27th, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

As a book blogger, I am quite aware of the concept of passive income, and the basics of some passive income strategies, but I am by far not an expert, which is why I wanted to learn more about them.

This book – Passive Income – has taught me quite a bit in that regard, and opened my eyes to avenues in that field, I had never considered. Take working as a research assistant as an example.

David J. Green wrote a surprisingly detailed insight view into this particular area, and many other potential passive income paths – ranging from ghostwriting to 3D Animation and much more – not only covering well-known avenues you may have been already aware of, like blogging and affiliate marketing, but also some of those who are a lot lesser known to many.

I do hope that the Author decides to write more in-depth books on the individual passive income paths, as I truly enjoyed his passionate, detailed and easy-to-read presentation.

If you are new to the concept of passive income but are not sure which path to choose, start with Passive Income, to get an overview of what is possible.

Available on Amazon now!

 

Book Summary:

Are you tired of the 9 to 5 hectic lifestyle? This book gives you the best ideas and instructions to launch your online business and turn it into Passive Income!

Get ready to discover the online marketplace. You will be astonished to learn that thousands of people are making a full-time income online

Here is a Sneak Peek of What you will Learn:

 

  • How to make money through Blogging
  • How to Launch your own Digital Course
  • How to Create your Ecommerce Store
  • How to Leverage Dropshipping
  • How to Generate Income through Affiliate Marketing
  • How to Make Money through Ebook Publishing
  • And much, much, more

 

Some of the other Ideas include:

Graphic Designing, Videography, Forex Trading, CryptoCurrency investing, Domain Flipping, Virtual Assistant Work, Website Flipping and Making your own Online Subscription Service

If you are ready to take action and change your life for the better, this book will definitely guide you in the right direction!

 

 

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Book Review: One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand

Book Review: One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand

Book Details: Title: The One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Hooks and Sells Author: Meera Kothand Genre: Writing, Content Creation, Business Publisher: Amazon Digital Publishing Publication Date: August 14th,…