Books are the best friends, they say. I have no doubts in this. Books are a perfect medium of learning from other experiences. Why doing mistakes, when you can learn from others’ mistakes?
I love books and people around call me a bookworm (not on my face, though). If I am not doing any billings, then I am reading books. Last weekend, a friend of mine referred a Robin Sharma’s book to me – Little Black Book For Stunning Success Tools For Action Mastery. At first, I thought, it is an updated version of The Little Black Book of Success -Laws of Leadership For Black Women By Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, and Rhonda Joy Mclean. However, I was wrong, it is a completely different book. So, today I am going to review Stunning Success by Robin Sharma.
What I really Liked About This Book
Delivery and Packing
I ordered this book from Amazon store.
As usual, it was nicely packed, no damage caused and delivered on time. Perfect transaction without any chaos.
Design and Layout
My first impression about the book was – righteously, a black book. Talking about its paperback and design, I have no troubles in giving full marks to this book known as Stunning Success by Robin Sharma.
It is nicely printed with beautiful color combinations. I really liked, the way branding is done.
Inside the book, content placement is remarkable. Unlike others, this book is free from all reading difficulties. A lot of white space and proper text alignments made my life easier.
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This is a 279 pages’ book. I am not counting the preface and other additional pages. Being a bookworm, I read a lot of books and I had read a few other leadership books. I must say, content placing is amazing.
Stunning Success by Robin Sharma is seriously no-nonsense stuff. Unlike other books, where editors fail at doing their work (keeping things to the point), this book is so nicely edited that you don’t feel like you are reading an endless and clueless storybook.
There are 70 chapters in Stunning Success by Robin Sharma. I was able to read them all in one go. It took me three hours. So, you can judge – nor it is going to bore you, neither you will want to put it back in the bag without finishing it.
Although every chapter is unique and awesome, yet I liked a few.
Chapter 5, Page 18
“Few human beings wake up in the morning and ask themselves, “What can I do today to mess up someone else’s day or undermine my credibility.”
Chapter 7, Page 25
“Yet, deep within, each one of knows that there will never be a better time to live our biggest life than now.”
Chapter 11, Page 41
Before you leave for work, give your spouse a kiss, like you mean it. And please, please, please, hug your kids.”
Chapter 15, Page 59
“When your heart is broken, it is most open. Be not discouraged. You are built to win.
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Chapter 28, Page 110
“Be with people greater than you and you will become a greater person.
Chapter 35, Page 137
“Business doesn’t need more copycats. Business needs more dreamers.”
Chapter 37, Page 147
“A dream without devotion is a fantasy, not reality.”
Chapter 41, Page 161
“Because anyone can take the first step. But only the remarkable ones stay on the path until they complete the 1000th one.”
Chapter 55, Page 217
Growth matters. It’s what ultimately makes us feel fulfilled. It energizes us. Makes us who we truly are.
Chapter 64, Page 254
“Five minutes of learning today is better than no minutes of learning today.”
In addition, I would also like to appreciate the life-changing quotes in this book; Stunning Success by Robin Sharma.
I have plans to have them on my office wall.
My Action Mastery Tool
I really liked this section. It is not a physical tool, but actually a space allocated for writing your experiences after reading a lesson.
Every chapter carries a page, where you are asked to punch your answer for three main questions:
- What I’M Grateful For Today
- Where I Will Pursue Mastery Today
- What I Learned Today
It is more likely a revision section that we used to have in school textbooks. This one page after every chapter really made me express my thoughts. For me, this one page is more likely a space for confessions.
Thanks, Robin. You made me confess many things and I did it from the bottom of my heart.
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Things I Disliked About This Book
Now, I would like to talk about things, I disliked in this book.
I didn’t like the paper quality. I think a book that is meant to be last for years should be printed on glossy paper, which is less likely to deteriorate over time.
However, when it is about a novel or fiction books, the owners are more concerned about how many copies are sold. We all know, the yellowish background is pulpier paper and it is less expensive than the white one.
At Points, It Makes You Feel Like Old Wine In New Bottle
Being a reader, I have read so many books, especially on leadership niche. Although the content was unique, however, at certain points, I felt like, I am reading some philosophies that I already know.
The reason is – this niche is already explored by many writers and more or less, they have the same idea. It is like, a group of blind people explaining an elephant using their own understanding.
But, the problem is – when it comes to the body parts, none of them have anything new to talk because there is nothing new.
Like his other books, the writing style is somewhat same. I know, it is not easy for a writer to change his writing style, but experimenting with some new adjectives cause no harm.
While reading Stunning Success by Robin Sharma, at points, I felt like I am hearing some sort of seminar. However, this is not the case, if you are a first-time reader.