A succinct, accessible and humorous collection of wisdom across a range of everyday topics. It's the perfect book to give someone who is open to pondeA succinct, accessible and humorous collection of wisdom across a range of everyday topics. It's the perfect book to give someone who is open to pondering the meaning of life, who appreciates practical wisdom and has a sense of humour....more
This refreshing take on professional and personal life is well worth a read. It’s authors Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval have moved their advertiThis refreshing take on professional and personal life is well worth a read. It’s authors Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval have moved their advertising agency to the top of the industry by following a simple but powerful philosophy: it pays to be nice. Through their own experiences and those of other people and businesses they demonstrate why contrary to conventional wisdom nice people finish first. Initially they seem to be tempting you to go straight for the reward: nice people live longer are healthier and make more money. But reading further one discovers they are simply recommending it because it makes you and those around you happier regardless of the success of particular strategies. Each chapter finishes with inspirational resolution starters which can transform how you live and work. The countless real-life ‘nice’ stories they include are amazing in their scope and inspiring in their practicality....more
A complex work of great scope that I will need to read a few more times. Chesterton uses metaphors to explain the meaning of his theses, and the read A complex work of great scope that I will need to read a few more times. Chesterton uses metaphors to explain the meaning of his theses, and the reader must work to comprehend what they signify on different levels. I find it amazing that this was first published in 1908. Its ideas refer to - but are so independent from - the philosophies of that time, as though it were written today looking back on them rather than their contemporary.
I'll not write a comprehensive review, but just wish to list some of the things that particularly impressed me on first reading. Chesterton asserts that the only fitting way for us to consider the world is with a sense of wonder. Thus the world of fairy-tales with its magic and mystery is closer to reality than the most naturalistic world described by science. I agree! I need to think about this some more.
Then rather than focusing on the limitations placed on us in the world, we should consider the greatness of the world that has been given to us - with this whole world at our disposal, is it not natural that there should be a limit, the very boundaries of which ensure that we can 'dance and play on the top of the hill without the worry of falling off the cliff' - boundaries which allow us to live most fully and without fear?
On another theme he asserts that the problem with contemporary literature is that it is often centred around extraordinary, strange protagonists who do even more strange things, and so the reader finds them uninteresting because they cannot relate to them. The classics, he counters, wrote about ordinary people who did extraordinary things, and so they are interesting and the reader can relate. The same thought had occurred to me when bored with a contemporary novel, why does the protagonist have to be so strange? And the contemporary stories I love I now realise are often based on an ordinary character who has the courage to do something extraordinary. This would be worth exploring further, an article perhaps.
And I loved the last chapters when he writes with wonder of the person of Jesus shown in the Gospels, a God who is not afraid to let his tears be seen, and sometimes his anger, and yet who has a certain shyness and reserve that gives him an intriguing, attractive depth. I've often thought the same.
And so many more ideas that I'll need to consider slowly......more
This book was a good read, the very dramatic changes that took place in these people's lives (usually shown in large donations to charity) makes themThis book was a good read, the very dramatic changes that took place in these people's lives (usually shown in large donations to charity) makes them worthy of our admiration, though their extraordinary stories are probably not something most of us could relate to....more
What a fantastic book! A combination of history and adventure advice with tips and tricks so you can try exploring yourself. It looks at explorers inWhat a fantastic book! A combination of history and adventure advice with tips and tricks so you can try exploring yourself. It looks at explorers in Australia's history, signposting expeditions, finding food and water, collecting plants and animals, keeping journals and notebooks, dealing with disasters, coping with weather, making tents, measuring distance, mapping, navigating by the stars... and then gives a run down on contemporary explorers. As much as I loved The Dangerous Book for Boys and the The Daring Book for Girls, this takes it to a whole new level!...more