The Art of the Good Life: Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life
#1 European bestseller: the indispensable new work from the author of the international and Sunday Times bestseller The Art of Thinking Clearly
Have you ever...
· Spent too long on a powerpoint presentation?
· Lost sight of what makes you happy?
· Failed to reach a long-term goal?
· Become infuriated by queuing, tax or parking tickets?
· Broken a promise you knew you'd
The book contains 52 pieces of advice. Each of them are written in a short, easy-to-read chapters. The author, Rolf Robelli, is an entrepreneur (co-founder of getAbstract), novelist and was an executive at a multi-national. He drew his ideas from three main sources: psy ...more
There are some useful ways of thinking about things (& life) presented in this book, but it is very skewed towards a certain set of person (affluent but feeling they aren't as happy as they ought to be) and I found too much of the book was based on financial underpinnings (ie. A good investor is Warren Buffett/Charlie Munger and they are thus also very good at life) as life advice....and that has serious limitations, from my perspective.
Fairly quick to read, short chapters, and some approache ...more
Often when we talk about what makes a good life - such philosophical pondering can be very vague but I personally enjoyed the author’s use of imageries and analogies to cement his points.
To give an example, a mental t ...more
"You should not be worried about volatility of Dow Jones as your assets won't be triggered too much in a long term". Congratulation to those who have a privilege to worry about their assets ...more
My reason for not rating this more highly is that it doesn't flow as a book should - the chapters don't build on each other, they don't lead to any conc ...more
I stopped reading because it seems like I am not part of the audience the book is targeted to. Repeatedly it felt like the book is directed towards middle aged wealthy men and the advice given isn't quite that what I needed or was made to believe I needed. I appreciate what this book is trying to do and some points are thought provoking and made me think, however other points I simply couldn't agree with or they're really far away from everyday life.
In general I thought this book might be mor ...more
Also seems to think all PAs are women. And that PA is the more politically correct way to call secretaries: "let's say you want to hire a secretary (sorry: a PA)". That was a weird moment. ...more
Note to sel ...more
I am not a fan of the average self-help book (and any I’ve read have come my way not because I bought them, but because I was gifted them—as was Dobelli’s book, which was part of a Hachette India swag bag). Far too many self-help books tend to be sanctimonious, self-righteous, or indulge in a simple case of talking down too much. I don’t like being talked down to. Others are too full of hot air—too much fluff, too little substance (Rho ...more
Firstly, it is an insightful book and thought-provoking book with a lot of practical advice that is an interesting mix of (view spoiler)[social and cognitive psychology, stoicism and... value investing advice. (hide spoiler)] I noticed some people either abhorred the short snippet format or enjoyed it—I belong to the latter camp. It's a nice little guide that doesn't necessarily require you to dedicat ...more
Perhaps this should be called the art of living a good life as a Stoic :) No sir, I believe in God and relying on that to live my purposeful life - but really appreciate your toolkits!
Note: short 52 chapters original for newspaper column, ...more
Although there are things I can't agree on with Dobelli, I consider him a wise man and his work worth the time.
I rated it 4 of 5 stars not because of the quality of the book contents but in some chapters, I don't agree with him and find his ideas some times offensive like in the envy chapter and sometimes passive and not motivational ideas like the illusion of cha ...more