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Posted February 24, 2010
Better Than Good is better than most.
Looking at the title of this book from Zig you may think it is just of the multitude of Christian and secular books that tell you that all you need to do is think more positively to change your life. But think again. Yes, this book does include the importance of a positive outlook on life but is it much more than that. Instead of simply a motivational book it is much more like a roadmap for success.
In Better than Good, Zig tells his readers just how they can succeed in all areas of their life including their spiritual lives and their careers. In the introduction, Zig tells his readers that he is "convinced that 'Better than Good' can help motivate you to connect the dots in life little by little." This book does an excellent job of helping its readers connect those dots.
Zig begins this book with a few illustrations of people who overcame to odds and succeeded. The people in these stories share one thing, passion. Zig tells his readers that passion provides the drive to succeed against all odds. Success requires passion, it does not happen accidentally.
In Chapter 2 Zig explains that inspiration fuels our passion. Without continually being fueled by inspiration the fire of passion will die. Zig also clearly tells his readers that they alone are responsible for keeping the flame of passion alive. The three steps he gives his readers to develop inspiration are; invest, inquire, get involved and imagine. Like passion, inspiration does not often happen haphazardly.
In Chapter 3 Zig introduces the greatest enemy to passion, stress. Zig tells us that stress when allowed to run rampant can destroy everything we have ever worked for and even destroy our health. To combat stress Zig give his readers six practical steps which paraphrased as; 1. Don't worry until you have to, 2. Don't quit, 3. Practice integrity, 4. Avoid Debt, 5. Don't be afraid, and 6. Don't forget to laugh. Each of these steps is illustrated in detail in this chapter.
In the next few chapter of this book, Zig gives his readers several practical steps to improve their outlook, develop a life plan, set goals handle failure, and develop better habits. Zig doesn't simply extol the benefits of something to his readers, he gives them simple, practical steps they can take to improve in these areas.
The final chapters of this book delve into the spiritual aspects of a "Better than Good" life. The titles of these chapters; Redefining Success, What is the purpose of life, Discover your calling, People and Purpose, Change somebody's world, and Let love be your guide, give an accurate depiction of the last part of the book. Just as with the other chapters, Zig includes practical examples and steps in these chapters.
I have read many books on management, leadership and motivation. This book is very near the top of my list. I would recommend it very highly to anyone. I believe this book would be especially those who are struggling with finding their true calling in life or who need some help redirecting the focus of their lives.
Luther Maddy, ChristianManager.com
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Posted October 29, 2008
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