May 14, 2016 by Stephen Bentley
Saturday Review and Book Review 05/14/16
This is the week’s final article in the series of summaries of self development articles. You can view all the previous summaries in the series by clicking on this category link.
This week is a slight variation on the usual format. The reason for that is I have just completed a book review for the first time.
Although it doesn’t fall under the topic of self development articles, it is a book about self development. More of that (and the review) later.
Self Development Articles: Saturday Review
Today is Saturday,once more! I will take my usual glance back at the week with a fresh but brief overview of those summaries. It will be so brief that I will often confine it to picking the “quote of the week.” The Saturday review will also feature a story that illustrates the benefits of self improvement. That story may come from within these pages or somewhere else out there in this wide world of ours.
And, I will pick an inspirational quote for the week starting with the one below.
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On with the show!
Quote of the Week
The quote above was chosen by me randomly as a substitute for a lack of a suitable quote in one of this week’s summaries. The one about exercise. I love this Sotomayor quote and it deserves another airing.
Happy Moment of the Week
It has to be the Huff Post article about the teacher in England who told her kids to eat ice cream rather than study for an upcoming exam. Really, it’s true!
What a cool teacher!
See you Monday and have a great weekend. Oops! Thanks for reminding me about the book review 🙂
Book Review – Serendipity on a Shoestring
A “Go-To” Resource Guide to Personal Development, May 12, 2016
This is quite a remarkable book by author Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto. It is a short read (I read it in about 3 hours) but packed full of useful information. If you are new to the genre of personal development, self-development, self-improvement (call it what you will) then this is a go-to resource book.
The author tells her own story about her journey along the road to ridding herself of fears about money. That alone is an interesting and well told narrative. But the main point of the well-researched guide is to point you, the reader, toward sources of free or “nearly free” materials in the quest for personal growth.
It’s clear that Marilyn knows her stuff. I read her book and learned some new things. She is an advocate of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as “meridian tapping,” or just “tapping.” It sounds like a useful technique and it’s free!
Personally, I prefer the sound of the healing with Ho’oponopono technique. She tells the reader it is a kind of Hawaiian mantra.
What drives the author to share these free resources? It’s not money as there appear to be no affiliate links in the book. I believe that she has delved into this huge market for such a long time and spent her own money that she cares enough to want to share.
The author has conveniently placed a Quick Start Guide at the end of the book and she even suggests starting there. As she puts it, “There are still many free tools and resources to use in this book. It may be overwhelming at first, so at the very end of the book, I have provided a Quick Start Guide to immediately help you find a post, site or free item to access to feel better and get some traction on improving an issue, such as self-confidence, productivity, money mindset and more. It’s like a “911” page for immediate help. You may even want to go to that chapter first, then read the book from page one. This beats going to Google and putting “help!” in the search box.”
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Featured Image: Courtesy of the U.S. Army
This is a further post in what has become a series about self development. The idea is that I take an article or perhaps a video or an infographic and summarize what it really means. I have always been a believer in self development even before it became trendy!
Shucks I even write about self development in my About page! And if you need to know more then please check out my Personal Development page. Self development? Personal Development? C’est la même chose!
If you have a thirst for information like me then I can help. I believe I have found part of the solution through Blinkist. It is an app that if used properly can be a tremendous aid to self development.
One of the advantages of me going through many hurdles of trying to create and improve myself in my retirement is that I have discovered things that work. Things that aid productivity.
Self Development and Blinkist
One of those things that aid productivity is Blinkist.
The aim of this series is to summarize to you articles that I believe assist in self development. Damn it! More than that – help you achieve, be a better person. Blinkist does that too. It will give you a synopsis of excellent books written by experts in their respective fields.
It helps you work smarter and be smarter! It is an aid to self development.
Formal Education vs Self Development
Indeed, I am a great believer in self development. Formal education can only teach you so much. The rest is up to you. Learning is within the capacity of all. We do it as soon as we leave the womb and it should be a continuous process. You are never too old to learn.
Through my passage in life, I feel qualified to pass on my wisdom about self development. I feel so strongly about it that I intend to eventually offer one to one consultations to help anyone who is prepared to listen. Listening and learning are the easy bits. You as an individual have to implement those lessons. No one can do it except you!
You can be the most intelligent person on earth but without self- awareness and self development then you run the risk of stagnating. Even worse, you could go backwards.
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