Not a Life Coach: Are You Ready to Change Your Life? From the Sunday Times No.1 Bestselling Author
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It’s rich telling people that being a millionaire isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when you are a millionaire. I had a look of some of them after reading it and I really felt that it wasn't properly read or interpreted. James Smith is back to challenge everything you thought you knew about the path to fulfilment and happiness. It was finished within a couple days and I love what he has to say as far as making a life for oneself vs making a living. It reads more conversationally than I personally like from a non fiction book but I can see how this would be helpful for people who don’t normally read non fiction.
It came out at the right time for me personally and Not a Life a coach has absolutely nailed it’s timing too. Not everyone can understand the laws of physics, martial arts and mathematics, all 3 hobbies that Smith definitely shares a lot of knowledge about and I percieve it he is passionate about all subjects too. Reality is he had a privileged upbringing, back packed around the world for a while and quickly became very successful and very wealthy. I agree with him on most basic fitness related issues such as obesity and how individuals should take ownership of their health and their life.Good general guidlines to living life in a different manner and not following a script that makes you unhappy. My favourite parts of this book are the amazing quotes that are so perfectly put into place and the little tasks throughout the chapters. ISBN: 9780008467029 Author: Smith, James Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers Publication Date: 2nd September 2021 Imprint: HarperCollinsPublishers Cover: Paperback Dewey: 158. Fantastic book if you’re looking for a kick up the arse or reassurance that you should do that thing you’re scared to do. Personally I’ve read a lot of self development books and I know James’s story so I don’t feel I gained as much value from this book as someone who is reading self development for the first time.
Personal trainer James Smith’s new book, Not a Diet Book, offers frank advice on getting in shape and busts some major diet myths. From his Facebook Lives with Brian the bird in Bondi to a brief stint as a JSA member during the first Bali competition where I learned all I need to know to maintain and improve my fitness level. This book was recommended by a sober group I am a member of, probably because the author is into health and fitness, and understands the psychology of behaviour and behaviour change. As for the target audience, through reading the book I percieved it to be aimed towards young adult men in their early 20ies. All in all an incredibly bland listen from a stereotypical personal trainer, providing absolutely no original thoughts or highlights.
He’s not totally the same as all the other self made wizards who’ve cracked the trick to life, but he’s not really worth the hype I’m sorry to say. Since reading that, it has made an impact on me and I've even realised what was feeding my negative thoughts.
Would recommend to anyone who wants to change their life, whether minor or majorly, but is sitting in the fence/living in fear. All I saw were people saying that he was talking about social media and just packing a bag and travelling. Giving it a very generous 2/5 stars here when really it only deserves a one, subjectively speaking of course, objectively I would say this book is good for those who aren't self-aware enough to understand themselves and their own values. It felt a bit self-centered a lot of the time, but I understand his point, just not something that I found particularly useful. With the utmost respect, to even see the people who reviewed this take it literally and stop reading his book because of it made me feel like they may have missed the point.This book would have been better titled “Not a Life Coach - Ramblings of a Privileged Middleclass White Man” I am astonished this book got as far as being published. Now this, Not A Life Coach, at a time when pondering significant changes in my life, perfectly guiding my thoughts to what matter to ME, not anyone else. That said, there are still some good stuff here, like the part about brain plasticity and growth mentality (ok, one good thing).
For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. It’s a really easy read - it’s over 250 pages but actually there’s a huge amount of white space, the font is relatively large and you could easily read it in a day or two. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook).The truth is James Smith has no real grasp on what he actually believes or at least he is uncomfortable trying to sell you his actual beliefs, this leads to a scattered and incoherent listen. Since cutting it out, I've been a little better and also tells you how even though things may be against you now, the "future you" will have your back because it would know how to deal with it so there are some great bits of information to take from reading this.