Friday, November 27, 2009

November Book Review

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is enjoying what hopefully turns out to be a great weekend. I am in for a long travel day, flying to Munich, meet back up with the bobsled team and driving another 7 hours to Torino, Italy, sight of the 2006 Olympics. The last few weeks have been hectic so haven't had as much time to read, but did manage do some light reading and finish AJ Jacobs, "The Guinne Pig Diaries." I really like Jacobs writing, it is fun and poignent. The premise of the book is that Jacobs does mini one month "life experiments" on himself and writes how it affects him and his view of the world. For instance, one chapter was devoted to outsourcing everything imaginable in his life to a virtual assistant in India. Another was he was forced to live by George Washingtons 110 rules for life. The big take home point throughout his book and that he realizes is this, Behavior shapes your thoughts. You want to change, force yourself to do the things first. In his month of absolutely no lying no matter what the circumstance, he found himself telling less white lies, exagerations ect. In a month where he was forced to buy his wife a gift a day, he found that the act of picking something out and up, reinforced his love for her. Behavior shapes your thoughts. It's a pretty powerful message in a really fun read.

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