Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Weekly Book Challenge #1: Finish, by Jon Acuff


This is a part of a weekly series of reviews I will post for some of the books I'll read this year. I am accepting suggestions for future books to be read - please send your suggestions to ricardo@iamprins.com.

This review was previously posted on Linkedin, on Jan 21st, 2020.


"I've never had a problem starting. I've started a million things, but I never finish them. Why can't I finish?"

If I am to choose something to be written in my tombstone, it will be: "HERE LIES RICARDO PRINS. HE LIVED AND DIED WITHOUT BELIEVING IN COINCIDENCES." This book is just another example in my life that adds to my belief in this truth.

Before I begin, let me clarify that this was not the first book I've read this year. So, I must explain why I chose it to begin my weekly report about my readings (and I will catch up with the articles, because I know that we are currently in Week #4). There is simply no better book to begin with if I want to express the idea of goals established vs. goals accomplished.

Jon Acuff is very successful in exposing some of the biggest traps of the motivated planners. He states in his introduction that he was chasing "the wrong ghost" by encouraging people to start the right way. So, this book is for those who are experts in starting things, but who fail miserably in concluding them. But what is so special about this book that has made me put it first in my list of books read this year (even though that was not chronologically accurate)?

This book is successful in so many ways: first, Acuff does a great job in writing in an easy and pleasant way. It is good to read this book! You laugh, you pause to think about it, you don't feel guilty when you identify in yourself some of the shortcomings he exposes brilliantly when talking about those who fail to conclude. And even though you may think about yourself as a very successful achiever, you probably can benefit from some of the tips given in this book.

The second positive point in my opinion is that he structures the book in such a way that in the end of each chapter he summarizes his ideas in the form of questions - short suggestions for personal reflection. And they work. I have gone through this book in less than two days, and I am still pondering about some of the suggestions/questions he poses. They stick to our heads...because they are true.

So, if you are looking for some good suggestions about how to effectively accomplish some of your goals in 2020 (or even on how to completely revamp your 2020 Resolutions), read this book. His eight chapters cover themes such as procrastination, goal setting, prioritizing tasks, data analysis and some other related topics that at least for me were very useful in order to effectively understand how can I become better at doing things.

(Amazon.com - Finish, by Jon Acuff)
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Ricardo Prins is a Software Engineer who thinks that technology is not the answer to all our problems.

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