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Quick read but in my opinion not the best
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2019
This review is written by me and all opinions expressed in this review is the opinion of the reviewer.
As my momma always told me, “you can always learn something if you keep an open mind”! So, it is with this book. I learned something, but the time invested in reading it was probably not a great return for the amount I learned from the book.
This book reminds me of “How to Make Friends and Influence People”, by Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie’s book was a quick and delightfully humorous read, but by the end the book I felt it was more on how to manipulate your feelings and other individuals to get what you wanted from them. It left the reader wanting to know how to really make a change in themselves and/or relationship with others that had meaningful and long-lasting difference.
The book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen Covey, did just that. This book was a harder read and took you down to the foundation of who you were and how you interact with other people. Most important part of this book was changing who “you” are. This book asked you to make foundational changes, not superficial changes as did Mr. Carnegie’s book.
I felt that this book, “Resilient”, was in line with Mr. Carnegie’s book, a quick read for individuals that wanted to find a “quick fix”. But I felt it lacked the perspective of getting to the “real” issues in yourself. What the “root cause” of your actions, reactions, and how to make changes in helping you deal with those “root causes”. This book, I felt, was about how to manipulate your feels and actions by which you would be building “resilience”. I did not feel like this book shared a lot of substance on how past experiences and biases had to be addressed and overcome before one can truly increase the reader’s resilience.
A book that I felt had a greater impact on me was “The Resilience Factor”. I felt that the authors took the time to build the case that resilience was not a “quick fix” but that it would take time. More, that building resilience was something that starts with “you”. To grow your resilience, you had to focus on what made you “tick” and what your “beliefs” are. This book challenges the reader to confront their past experiences, feelings, and biases, and how those impact the reader’s level of resilience. The authors stress the need of the reader to confront those issues before they can grow their level of resilience.
Overall, as I expressed at the beginning of this review, “you can learn anything from anything if you keep an open mind”. But the question is, was it worth the valuable time I have? My answer is “no”. I feel like I got a lot more value reading “The Resilience Factor”.