This is my first “official” book review, and it’s taken me a little longer than I had wanted to get it written and posted. The book I’m reviewing, had I read it prior to this review, would have encouraged me not to procrastinate. But alas, that was not to be.
The book, “*Batteries Not Included: 66 Tips to Energize Your Career” is authored by nationally recognized professional speaker Thom Singer. It is a part of New Year Publishing’s “Airplane Book Series,” meaning it “is designed to be read in a coffee shop or airplane.” However, I think it is much more than just a book to read while on a flight to your next destination and then never considered again.
Each of the passages in the book make you think. And if you want to get the most out of the book, that’s exactly what you’ll do as you read it—think about how what Thom writes about is impacting your life and how his advice can help to change that impact into a positive. That’s what is really great about this book. It looks at normal, every day situations that come up, both at and outside the office, and puts a positive spin on them. That is, I think, Thom’s underlying goal in this book, to demonstrate to the reader that as life runs your batteries down, there are simple, positive ways to recharge them and get the most out of life.
There are so many good passages in the book that exemplify and underline this point that it is hard to pick just one to talk about. However, tip #25 “Make an Impact” is a prime example that really speaks to how Thom communicates a message of positive action to his readers.
The tip begins with a very powerful statement: “You have the ability to impact the world around you.” Simple. To the point. But not always something we hear and acknowledge about ourselves and our place in this world. Each and every one of us has the ability to impact this world we live in, some how, some way.
Making an impact in this world. Think about that for a minute. It’s a big thing to tackle, right? Well, not really. Keep reading tip #25 and you see that Thom lays out a very simple way to break down the big into the small in order to then build up the big again.
Here’s what I mean. He writes: “Decide today that you are going to do more with your everyday life. Start small. Look at your current daily activities and find was to put a little something extra into how you tackle the little tasks. Become that person who is known for having that extra spring in their step, regardless of what they are doing. Leave the whining and complaining to someone else.”
In other words, take control of your actions, embrace the tasks you have, and always be bold.
In life, we often wonder why things don’t always go our way. Maybe what we should do when those thoughts enter our minds is to realize that we need to recharge our batteries so that we can tackle the things that are challenging us. Thom Singer’s book is the charger. Read it and your batteries will be charged and you’ll be ready to take on anything that is thrown at you.