I’ve heard about this book for years but didn’t have a chance to read it until recently, when I found it as an audiobook in our online library system. This is a very useful book. If you’re wanting to up your game or make some sort of progress in your life, this book could be just the thing you need. For a long time, I’ve set goals and then wallowed in uncertainty as to how to actually achieve them…but in this book, Clear gives repeatable, simple advice for how to start, how to motivate yourself, and how to make definite progress. The techniques taught in this book apply across a vast swath of our everyday lives, not just in the business world. Simple, systematic, and straightforward, this book doesn’t take too long to read, but it’s one that many would find beneficial.
There were some elements of the book that I didn’t appreciate so much—assumptions around our evolutionary ancestors, almost an “if it’s good for you, it’s good” attitude, some thoughts along the lines of “you can be whoever you want to be”, a few somewhat crude references—but leaving those aside, I appreciated the bulk of the book, and wouldn’t be surprised if I end up rereading it eventually.
Since reading the book, I’ve put some of his techniques into practice, and I’m seeing a marked improvement already. Whether what I’m doing right now is sustainable long-term or not is another question, but I feel like I’ve been given a few tools that I’ll be able to use over and over in life, and for that, I’m grateful this book was published.
Recommended for readers aged 18 on up.