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by Robert Ashton

10 Things You Need to Know About Everything That Matters

Want to make your life better? More successful, more productive, more healthy, more fulfilling? Start right here, with the book that gives you 700 ways to change your life, one small step at a time!

The Life Guide is for anyone who wants to get more out of life...more health, more wealth, a better career, more love...more of what you want (and less of what you don’t). Here are practical, doable, bite-size tips for having more fun...getting in shape...deepening your relationships and friendships...preparing for retirement...every part of your life. Each section is packed with small steps designed to get you moving in the right direction fast. Start anywhere and dive in...or read this book cover-to-cover for hundreds of great new ideas! Discover what success in life really means to you...set priorities...find time...gain confidence and overcome doubts...and, above all, stop talking about it and take action to live a happier, better life.

Self-improvement that’s actually fun -- and free Easy, small steps you’ll enjoy a book you’ll enjoy reading 10 questions to ask yourself The fastest way to figure out what really matters to you 50 ways to reduce life stress ... ...and use the stress that remains to your advantage Better friendships, better relationships Find new friends, improve your marriage, be a better parent (and a better child, too)
Download The Life Guide: 10 Things You Need to Know About Everything That Matters epub
ISBN: 0137135556
ISBN13: 978-0137135554
Category: Business
Subcategory: Job Hunting & Careers
Author: Robert Ashton
Language: English
Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2008)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1905 kb
FB2 size: 1272 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 712
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A good reference guide that deals with most of life's (YOUR) daily problems, like parents,relationships,stress, and all the way into retirement. This book just takes your common sense approach of dealing with problems and puts it into written text.. Common sense is not something they give PHD's for, so some people need to read it to beleive it.
Subtitled "10 Things You Need to Know About Everything That Matters," Ashton's pragmatic book takes on, well, everything. Lists seem to be required on every magazine cover these days: "10 ways to take off those pounds," "15 ways to keep your man," and so on. This book carries on that tradition, and encapsulates every self-help topic under the sun into lists of 10 items. I'm sure everyone who picks up the book thinks the same thing: what if there are really only 6 or 7 "ways to get better sleep" or "pitfalls that might await you"? What if there are really 15, not just 10, good things "that make everyone happy" or "can help you stay healthy"? Ashton seems determined to squeeze or expand everything into lists of 10.

If you like books of lists in general, and don't have the patience to read chapters of prose, then this book is for you. Ashton is anything but verbose in these lists--most are only about a page and a half long.

Readers might not at first notice that the book does have a flow--the lists do build on one another. For example, he starts with very general goals like "Success" and narrows down the topic with other lists that aim to center the reader on a solution. Besides success, he tackles how to manage time, how to create and manage change, dealing with health and fitness, stress, work, leisure, parents, children, money, relationships, and retirement. As I said, he covers "everything."

The problem with all self-help books is that they may or may not connect with the vastly different people who read them. Some of Ashton's lists are so general ("10 Questions to Ask Yourself") that they could apply to anyone. Others, like "10 Questions That Will Get Your Parents Talking More Openly," are not for everyone. But this is not a book to be read from cover to cover--it's to be read in whatever bits and pieces that might pique the reader's interest. Some items on the lists are obvious, but others might cause the reader to think, "why didn't I think of that?"

Like those lists on the covers of magazines, they cause you to pick the book and check it out, but how much influence they have depends entirely on the needs of the reader.
I like this book primarily for one reason: It is about taking a moment to stop and think or reflect.

First of all, its a book, which is ideal for self paced reflection. It starts out with your traditional motivational drivel about success in life and how to achieve it. Yes, I mean drivel. You have heard all of the material at the front of this book before, many times. Then the book quickly jumps into the meat of things, which give it its value and leads us back to why I like this book. It begins a series of "Top 10s" that serve the purpose of reflection. You may find that some suggestions are useful, while others are not. One that puts a smile on my face is "If your party is going to disturb the neighbors, invite them to join in the fun." It is this kind of common sense suggestion that you will find in this book. This book has elements of the Dale Carnegie course on Human Relations. I recently attended a Dale Carnegie training course because my company "suggested" it.

Topics covered include "Top 10s" on the following: Success, Health and Fitness, Stress, Work, Leisure, Releationships, Children, Parents, Money, Home and Retirement.

Here's another: "Drink Milk - It contains and amino acid that calms the brain." Have you ever heard someone say that you should drink a glass of warm milk to help you sleep? Well, according to this book, it is true.

In my opinion, this book is inexpensive enough that if just one suggestion changes your life or allows you to tackle a problem from a different angle, then it was worth it.
"The Life Guide: 10 Things You Need to Know About Everything That Matters" is a unique book for people in various stages in their life. To encourage critical thinking about their hopes, dreams, values, aspirations, and possibilities, the author, Robert Ashton, devises a series of lists.

Examples of these lists include "10 Ways to Define Your Own Personal Success," "10 Simple Ways to Make Each Day Seem Longer," "10 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Children," and "10 Ways to Make a Smooth Transition [into Retirement]". The lists are far too numerous to list here and cover a wide variety of topics.

The chapters cover Success; Priorities; Making Changes; Heath and Fitness; Stress; Career; Leisure Time; Relationships; Children; Parents; Money; Home; and Retirement.

While some of the lists tend to re-hash conventional wisdom ("10 Ways to Get Healthier" or "10 Ways to Get Out of Debt"), none of the lists are silly or trite. Ashton does an excellent job in creating subjects for lists ("10 Ways to Become More Confident" or "10 Ways to Involve Other People") and is creative in creating exactly 10 points for each list (in some cases, you can tell he's stretching, in others, he's working to cut down a longer list); and he earns my compliments for his efforts.

It's been said that the most difficult works for a writer to produce are works of short fiction as they force the verbose writer eliminate all the extraneous material, yet keep the story interesting and well-crafted. The same can be said for this brief book of lists. While the quantity of pages and words are low, the quality of quite high. Ashton doesn't solve all the reader's self-differentiation issues, but he does go about helping the reader expand his imagination, explore himself, and build resolve to improve his lot.

Highly recommended.