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Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d share something a little different for the three people reading this who are actually working this week.

It’s a book review! Well, kinda.

My idea of a book review is to share my top 10 highlights (literally the top 10 lines in the book that I lit up with my bright yellow highlighter. I had a lot more than 10, by the way. Always do.). I figure this might be a good way for you to decide if you want to read it for yourself.

Do I think you should read it? Well, I did include it in my blog…

 

My Top 10 Highlights From Life Is Good, The Book by Bert & John Jacobs, founders of the Life is Good Company:

 

“It’s easier to knock something down than it is to build it up. But remember: The people who knock everything down never build anything.”

 

“If you choose to listen to the skeptics in your path, or let your natural self-doubts consume you, you’ll take the safe route every time. In doing so, you’ll pass up the chance to realize your full potential.”

 

“What if instead of harping on what’s wrong with the world, we could help people focus on what’s right with the world? If we really want to find solutions, why not create a rallying cry for optimists?”

 

“In business, if you bring a complex idea to market, you’ll reach hundreds. Simplify it and you’ll reach thousands. Simplify it to the point where the average person instantly understands it, and your reach becomes limitless.”

 

“Most people don’t think they can survive without email, but many can. What happens is that you are simply more selective about giving out your contact information. Before you say you could never do this, or you could never drop off Facebook or any other time-consuming social media, consider this question: What do you give it, and what does it give back to you?”

 

“Decide what and who is most important in your life, and say yes to them. Say no to everything else.”

 

“For most of us, the things that actually make us happy are the same things we loved as children: fresh air, laughter, and playing with family and friends.”

 

“Frustrated with a key relationship in your life? Stuck on a problem at work or home that seems insurmountable? The first key to creative solutions is admitting you don’t know the answer.”

 

“Dogs teach us so much if we’re willing to heed their wordless wisdom. Surely the greatest teacher in the “school of authenticity” is a slobbering ball chaser with a perpetually wagging tail. Always watchful, never judgmental, dogs love without reservation. And they’re just as comfortable with who they are, too. Wide-eyed wonder comes easy when your tastes are simple and your mind is open to the joy of the moment. Dogs don’t worry about the past or the future. Their focus is fixed on the present, and faults are forgiving faster than the flick of a Frisbee. They’re ways game to connect. Dogs not only accept what is, but they celebrate it wholeheartedly. They’re never too proud to ask for what they need, and they’re always at the ready when we need them.”

 

“When we are younger, everyone tells us we need more of everything. More education, more clothes, more money, more stuff. But as we get older, we all come to realize that the only thing we need more of is time. Time to do the things we love, and time to be with the people we love. Choose what you do with your time very carefully, and protect that time with your life, because it IS your life.”

 

Check out Life Is Good, The Book on Amazon

 

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Mark is the founder of sparkspace...the most inspirational business retreat center on the planet. His blog is read by thousands worldwide each week. Mark's passion is sharing ideas that help people live and lead a rockstar life.