How do you identify personally with this book?

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Re: How do you identify personally with this book?

Post by Paul78 » 26 Jan 2018, 04:06

uyky wrote:
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I can't identify with it at all. To me author is kind of spoiled and sees the world as something that is there only for him, without much regard for others. It's on point if you want money and power, but I do believe being a good person is more important.
If you look at the beginning of the book, you will see his auntie passing the best gifts before her demise. Through his actions in the stores, he is forced to join the teaching career. That is a positive moment that one can identify with.
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Post by pinklover » 26 Jan 2018, 05:29

If you can relate to the story, it is very easy for you to identify with this book. His life is also a lesson and a living testimony to those who are hopeless. His life is a common story, yet he stand.
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Post by cshaffer17 » 26 Jan 2018, 12:47

I definitely identified with this book. I think everyone, in some sense or another feels like they are being judged for who they are. I know I have, and still do sometimes. I especially liked the first part of the book because it talked about old fashioned values that we as a society need to be reminded about. Hard work pays off. You don't get something from nothing. Generations today seem to be missing this concept. I also enjoyed that it showed his struggle to find himself, even all the way up until 70. This is encouraging for someone who is 30, and still hasn't found their calling or success to speak of.

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Post by SPasciuti » 26 Jan 2018, 15:55

cshaffer17 wrote:
26 Jan 2018, 12:47
I definitely identified with this book. I think everyone, in some sense or another feels like they are being judged for who they are. I know I have, and still do sometimes. I especially liked the first part of the book because it talked about old fashioned values that we as a society need to be reminded about. Hard work pays off. You don't get something from nothing. Generations today seem to be missing this concept. I also enjoyed that it showed his struggle to find himself, even all the way up until 70. This is encouraging for someone who is 30, and still hasn't found their calling or success to speak of.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I feel like part of the reason that younger generations have a hard time with believing that hard work pays off is because there are a lot of instances where that’s not true. White was exceptionally fortunate in the fact that he met someone who was willing not only to teach him, but also to more or less hand over his business to White when he retired. That’s not the sort of opportunity a lot of people get these days. And there are people who work hard their whole lives and rarely (if ever) find it paying off in the way it did for White.

Now, I’m definitely not saying hard work isn’t important or that there arent people out there who write it off, but I definitely think there was more than just hard work at play for White. There was hard work, motivation, the willingness to go for what he wanted, the ability to overcome insecurities and fears, and also luck.

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Post by HOSEANYATU » 26 Jan 2018, 16:07

life is not how you succeed only but also how you struggle and help the community to get solution

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Post by Maggie G » 26 Jan 2018, 20:20

I identified with the idea that life is nonlinear and the idea that there is always some learning opportunity in every experience.

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Post by psychopathycathy » 27 Jan 2018, 01:21

As a college student who's still not quite sure what she wants to do with her life, it's easy to fall into a pit of never-ending anxiety about what the future will hold, especially since I took a pretty impractical approach and aim to major in art.

But this book really reminded me of all the advice my mom always gives me - that there is no correct step-by-step guideline to life, and that you can always learn more and always achieve more if you really set your mind to it, no matter what stage you are in your life, an every time you make a decision, you're one step closer to where you want to be.

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Post by pinklover » 27 Jan 2018, 02:13

psychopathycathy wrote:
27 Jan 2018, 01:21
As a college student who's still not quite sure what she wants to do with her life, it's easy to fall into a pit of never-ending anxiety about what the future will hold, especially since I took a pretty impractical approach and aim to major in art.

But this book really reminded me of all the advice my mom always gives me - that there is no correct step-by-step guideline to life, and that you can always learn more and always achieve more if you really set your mind to it, no matter what stage you are in your life, an every time you make a decision, you're one step closer to where you want to be.
yeah, your idea reminds me of my mother, too. We are still young and there many things in life we will go through ahead. It is very hard to achieve things without mind-setting our mind. What the mind conceives, the body can achieve.
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Post by Robyn Lea » 27 Jan 2018, 12:32

So far I've read the first few chapters and they are a good reminder of those people from our childhood who played such an important role in our lives and development. It made me remember people I hadn't thought about in some time. They could be neighbors, teachers, coaches, relatives, and others.

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Without any doubt, the one about not thinking about the black cat.

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Post by KFree_Reads » 29 Jan 2018, 12:03

Like Rob White, I have met many people throughout my life who have intentionally and inadvertently taught me valuable life lessons. I did not necessarily have "myths" but definitely misconceptions that were clarified with experience and over time. And Then I Met Margaret definitely reminded me that life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life. Reading White's stories made me reflect on my own journey and appreciate the mistakes as well as the successes because both are equally valuable in character building.

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Post by KFree_Reads » 29 Jan 2018, 12:03

Like Rob White, I have met many people throughout my life who have intentionally and inadvertently taught me valuable life lessons. I did not necessarily have "myths" but definitely misconceptions that were clarified with experience and over time. And Then I Met Margaret definitely reminded me that life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life. Reading White's stories made me reflect on my own journey and appreciate the mistakes as well as the successes because both are equally valuable in character building.

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Post by Christina Rose » 29 Jan 2018, 23:04

KFree_Reads wrote:
29 Jan 2018, 12:03
Like Rob White, I have met many people throughout my life who have intentionally and inadvertently taught me valuable life lessons. I did not necessarily have "myths" but definitely misconceptions that were clarified with experience and over time. And Then I Met Margaret definitely reminded me that life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life. Reading White's stories made me reflect on my own journey and appreciate the mistakes as well as the successes because both are equally valuable in character building.
I agree that both are valuable in character building. I’m glad you could identify so well with the book.

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Post by pinklover » 30 Jan 2018, 01:50

KFree_Reads wrote:
29 Jan 2018, 12:03
Like Rob White, I have met many people throughout my life who have intentionally and inadvertently taught me valuable life lessons. I did not necessarily have "myths" but definitely misconceptions that were clarified with experience and over time. And Then I Met Margaret definitely reminded me that life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life. Reading White's stories made me reflect on my own journey and appreciate the mistakes as well as the successes because both are equally valuable in character building.
wOW, NICE REFLECTION of the story. I like this idea of yours "life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life". I learned from your idea. Thanks for that. :lol: :idea:
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Post by KFree_Reads » 30 Jan 2018, 09:58

pinklover wrote:
30 Jan 2018, 01:50
KFree_Reads wrote:
29 Jan 2018, 12:03
Like Rob White, I have met many people throughout my life who have intentionally and inadvertently taught me valuable life lessons. I did not necessarily have "myths" but definitely misconceptions that were clarified with experience and over time. And Then I Met Margaret definitely reminded me that life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life. Reading White's stories made me reflect on my own journey and appreciate the mistakes as well as the successes because both are equally valuable in character building.
wOW, NICE REFLECTION of the story. I like this idea of yours "life is a journey filled with experiences that can change your whole life". I learned from your idea. Thanks for that. :lol: :idea:
You're most welcome! Happy someone can learn from me :)

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