Top critical review
Some good insights, but could be even shorter and more structured
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 6 December 2018
The book has some really good insights. More than anything it made me reflect just how much I think about being better at work, and how little I think about being better at home. The biggest thing that the book did for me was highlight how the concepts I learn and use at my workplace everyday are equally relevant at home. For instance, as a Product Manager I constantly need to understand what my customers want rather than building what I think they want. Similarly, at home, it is important to ‘give’ people you love what they want, and not what you think they want. This is just one example of several that can make you better not just in your career but also in your personal life.
However, the book is almost written as disparate chapters. There is little, if any connection across them. This lack of structure makes it harder to follow the author’s thought process and to retain concepts or arrange them in a mind map. The book also suffers from the same pitfall that so many other self-help/business books suffer from - it’s much longer than necessary. The same concept is often repeated in multiple ways, multiple examples are provided where one would suffice. And this definitely does not contribute to the literary value of the book, it just adds pages.
All in all, it is a helpful book, but everything of value from the book could be summarized in a single blog post - I have attempted it here: