Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Little Book of Wisdom by Mark DeMoss
A short read on a variety of principles that will make for a better life. The author has divided the book into two sections: Wisdom For Your Professional Life and Wisdom For Your Personal Life. Overall, you certainly will get something useful - maybe a different perspective of how to handle situations or best seek out advice, but I was a bit disappointed in the book. For the most part, take what you like and leave the rest - and you will get a lot out of this book.
From topics like getting your priorities in order, finding and maintaining your focus on life, learning the importance of listening, to advice on little ways that flatter and positively influence people (such as the lost art of letter writing - not email) this book has bits of wisdom from all over the spectrum. Of course, topics you may expect like honesty and integrity are also covered.
Personally, I had issue with the his handling of the topic: "The Best Defense... Is a Good Defense: Why I Won't Ride Alone with Another Woman". It was certainly written from a man's perspective which makes me wonder who is the intended target audience of the book. Was it really written for men?
The book has good points, but much of it is really expounding on the art of common sense. I wasn't really impressed by the book, though I must admit the one topic mentioned above has soured my view of the book. I would somewhat recommend this book, yes, you can learn something from it. Women may want to skip his topic of Why I Won't Ride Alone with Another Woman. I intend on writing the author on what comes across as his negative and generalized view of women.
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