I’m not a huge fan of nonfiction books. I will read them if I have to, however I thought I should read this one and I encourage everyone to do the same.
Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business includes eight methods to become more productive and accurate in life and business. While this is not the only reason I picked up this book, it is the major one. The other reason is that it is by Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, another book I’ve been meaning to read.
Part of my new year’s resolution was to vary my reading, including nonfiction, and more adult books. I’m so glad this was the first nonfiction book I have read because it’s making me want to read more of them.
This book was divided into eight chapters, each focusing on a way to improve yourself. Some were about gaining motivation, others were how creativity can come about. Within those chapters were stories about businesses or people that failed and those who succeeded.
Then Duhigg explains the theory and ends with the conclusion of the stories.
Because of the way these chapters were separated, it was so simple to read for 10 or 15 minutes, take a break and then pick it back up later. However, I found it was best to read an entire chapter in one sitting because it would go back to previous stories.
Duhigg began by explaining how he used to think productivity was constantly being busy and how he admired others productivity and he seeked out those people to learn how they became so successful.
The tips and methods Duhigg presented began as being very simple and easy to implement into life. An example would be giving yourself a choice between what to do.
As the book continued, it became less easy to implement the tips and methods Duhigg perscribed.
One such method was doing math to figure out the probability of multiple scenarios so that you can better determine what may happen if you decide to do something or not. I have found a pro-con list works just as well.
The stories Duhigg told were relevant to the lessons he was trying to convey, and I enjoyed having two stories because it made the lessons that much more universal.
I liked seeing these companies and people go through struggles and found myself rooting for all of them as I was reading. It helped that they were actual people telling the stories instead of made-up stories as well as there being real studies cited within the text.
Duhigg did his research, that much is obvious.
I felt myself wanting to read this book, and being annoyed when I had things I had to do instead. I immediately started searching for another book like this. It helped prove not all nonfiction books are boring.
“Smarter Faster Better” receives a firm eight lessons out of 10.
Arts & Entertainment Editor