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Fiona Smallwood

Melbourne, Australia
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She did it again. So simple, so powerful.

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Reviewed: 23-04-2019

I can't tell whether the impact of Brene's writing is amplified by her voice and her story, or if it is just so real and authentic that it would hold up on it's own either way. However, no matter the answer, this book was another game changer for me. It inspired me, validated me, gave me perspective and became woven into my identity. It is nothing short of brilliant.
Brene has gifted the world with yet another gem that soothes your soul like a big sister. With her ability to relate and the ability to love herself despite her (self perceived) flaws, is so engaging. Listening to her tell this story is mesmerising but to listen and be able to simultaneously feel her pain/embarrassment/humour/emotion makes it so valuable. Yes, she is Brene Brown - gifted researcher, Author, speaker, mother, daughter, sister, neighbour and wife (plus much more I am sure) and yes, she is also batshit crazy with the BS she lets in to her head sometimes, just like the rest of us.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I wish every workplace person would read it and lay our vulnerability cards on the table for all to see.

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Practical, bitesized steps that make it easy.

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Reviewed: 23-04-2019

The introduction to the book was so engaging, I was already impressed by the author's ability to convey his story - although a touch sad. Using a story and backing that by engaging data, I new this would be an easy listen. A very simple format of what + why really makes the idea of creating habits more achievable. As well as being just the right amount of information to implement, there are some gems of wisdom offered up, that again, are hard to escape from once you are aware. An example of this is when the author speaks of the two possible scenarios for exercising when he comes in from work. Acknowledging that he does not always 'feel' like it, vs the alternative (and the alternative was EXACTLY what my alternative would be!) made this a very relatable scenario. A well written, researched and narrated book. I will come back to it for a second listen.

Changed the way I think about work.

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Reviewed: 25-02-2019

The best part about this book is that it is not a 'how to' guide. Seth Godin writes in a way that empowers individuals to draw their own conclusions but whilst he is doing this, he educates with very valid examples of why he makes his point. This book has not only gifted me with permission to create and become and artist, but it makes me embrace the passion I have to make my own path. The first time I tried to listen to this book, I did not quite get into it. It does take a good amount of time to get to 'part 2' - or the guts of the book, but, having listened to the whole book, part 1 gives the book more depth overall. I really enjoyed it.

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What you want when you are looking to learn

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Reviewed: 24-11-2018

A couple of reasons I purchased this book. Firstly, the length was appealing to listen to on the commute to a from work. It aligned with a lecture per trip. The fact that you are listening to lectures felt like it was more engaging. Less perfect in the narrative in that it was not the perfect 'narrator' voice, and that format made the content more real. Considering the topic of the book, it aligned really well with the subject matter. The second was that I like the idea that the book was a live recording of a University lecture (or set of lectures) and found this appealing. I think the idea that it was less about profit and more about content was comforting. For me, it conveyed a sense of authority.
There were a lot of references to studies done on the topic, so it was easy to validate the information. It is not a self help style of book, but more, real information presented in a way to educate and enable you to make your own conclusions. Since listening to this book I feel more confident in communication. Not just my own but understanding the greater scope of communication and enabling me to understand other people better.
I will be listening to it again shortly to allow the concepts to be ingrained further.

Another Margie Warrell gem

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Reviewed: 06-11-2016

Margie speaks as she writes. In this book she delivers calm yet inspirational advice that provides thought provoking inspiration for owning your life and stepping in to your integrity. It is simple and this makes it powerful. Spoken from a place of truth and experience, it resonates sincerity. I loved it and will keep coming back to it.

Beautiful, worthwhile investment

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Reviewed: 06-11-2016

Katie's reality is hard to argue with. This book is about acknowledging what IS. This may seem like a hard concept but it is harder to acknowledge what ISN'T once you understand 'the work '. It is simple, loving and effective. I will listen again and again.