Think small – The surprisingly simple way to reach big goals

Keep it simple.

One of the first lines in the book that clicked with me was that sometimes we are a mystery to ourselves and we should apply common sense. Well, for me personally, that is so true. I over complicate the simplest of tasks and cause myself a lot of hard work. As the book suggests, I need to make better decisions.

A quote I heard from someone long ago kept popping into my head while I was reading this book and it is this: “You should run your life like you would expect to run a successful business”. I don’t know where I heard it but I remember that the person who said it to me had a very organised and uncomplicated life.

The book has lots of easy to remember references to common sense ideas and suggestions, all simple to remember. One of these is building a structure – as the authors say, a builder would not randomly scramble together the structure of a building.

Another part I found funny was a saying I have often heard and even used myself: “Kids don’t come with manuals”. As the two authors rightly pointed, neither do we!

Life is about how we approach things. We need to be realistic, setting realistic goals and making an effort to commit to specific targets and deadlines. Create an action plan and eventually turn the plan into habits.

There are too many points that I will remember and use in this book but one that is memorable is that I need to try and get little things right and not focus on the big things, if I first get the little things correct then achieving the bigger ones will be easier.

The book is co-written by two authors and they mention that two of the benefits for them in co-writing the book were not being selfish and helping to work with others. They both thank those who helped them, including their wives amongst many other people. A section at the back of the book provides references to the sources of facts that appear in the book.

I enjoyed reading this book and am very pleased that I bought it. For me it is more a reference book that I will go back to from time to time. It is a motivational / self help book with lots of very good information for anyone who over complicates things.


The authors of this book are Owain Service and Rory Gallagher

You can also see my review on Amazon.

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