What did you learn from “And Then I Met Margaret”?

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Post by samuelnjenga35 » 08 Jan 2018, 08:41

year its a nice book .We don't know what is ahead of time. We don't know the future. I just believe that his life is also unique as well as ours. Some will get rich but others will not even if how hard they work for it. It is only By the Hands of God.

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Post by Roggyrus » 08 Jan 2018, 10:07

I might say, the book wants to impart the idea that what we strive to make of ourselves will ultimately be what we will be. The transformation that Rob envisioned of himself, he really worked hard towards its realization. And he really succeeded, against all the odds. And hence, his rags-to-riches story he has lived up to.

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Post by Yaone » 08 Jan 2018, 11:12

I have learnt that every experience in my life is for a purpose, whether good or bad. And also never to give up on may life despite the obstacles that may come along.
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Post by Rosemary Wright » 09 Jan 2018, 06:51

I learned that there is gain in being good to others. Kindness offered, comes back to you.

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Post by SPasciuti » 09 Jan 2018, 07:15

I think the biggest takeaway I have from this book in terms of something it taught me is to come up with creative ways to address adverse situations throughout life. For example, not arguing with others when they believe they’re right, but calmly finding a way to address their mistake without specifically calling them out on it. I feel like it kind of offers the opportunity for people to deal with conflict that doesn’t upset anyone too much and gets them rethinking things.

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 09 Jan 2018, 09:58

Happy new year too!
What I learnt the most is to be courageous to choose something that is out of norm or ordinary. For example, Rob White's friends chose to work at the factory mill, whilst he is the only one who opted for college. During his time, the route for college was more reserved for the rich family. I can relate to the author when he mentioned that he felt offsite when his friends shared the inside joke of the factory. Furthermore, my understanding was widened when he continuously reinvent his life. It opened my understanding that there is no age limit to change i.e. he left his profession as a school teacher and get involved in the real estate business in his forties.
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Post by Eva Darrington » 09 Jan 2018, 17:45

The book is bolstering a belief that I already possess, but needs bolstering. That belief is that everyone we encounter will teach us something. Some of our gurus will anger us and we learn patience or tolerance if we choose. They may teach us about kindness from their example. It is reminding me to look for the more subtle clues that a lesson is afoot.
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Post by inaramid » 10 Jan 2018, 00:44

In psychology, we define learning as a CHANGE in behavior, meaning the change should be evident in one's actions for one to claim that he/she has learned something. The author failed to demonstrate this in his own writings, as I see him regressing to his former ways of acting.

So what has changed in my behavior since I read this book? Wellllll...

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Post by Kathryn Price » 10 Jan 2018, 01:55

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 08:28
This book reminded me of lot things since each had something to say. But I really liked the chap. 14 advice that he gave: "Look where you want to go in life, not at where you don't want to go...don't hesitate at the corners; excuses will slow down your progress...one successful corner can lead to another and result in a positive chain reaction...listen for the thumping sounds in your journey through life - thet mean you are drifting out of the lane and heading for a crash...and perhaps the biggest of them all...Life gives you many opportunities to learn how to navigate through the world safely; there's no better teacher than experience. But, eventually you must become your own instructor if you plan to win".
I wrote that down, too(at least the first part)! I think it's something that we all should remember, no matter our view of "success". Focus on where you want to be, and your outlook will at the very least improve your chances of getting there.
"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." - C.S. Lewis

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Post by jwalker73 » 10 Jan 2018, 05:55

I did not really learn anything new from this book; it contain many of the same messages as other motivational/inspirational stories. The one thing that really stood out for me, however, was how much I enjoyed the 'pay it forward' behaviour that Rob demonstrated. I liked the way that, when someone imparted a helpful piece of advice to him, he would then share that advice with someone else who could benefit from it. To me, that was the aspect that touched me most.

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Post by JadeK » 10 Jan 2018, 10:23

I also had one of the hardest years in 2017. I think it is in times like these that make you look for books like this to help redirect you so that the next year doesn't follow suit. I love learning new things that can help me to improve my life. I think that while this book had a lot to say that I have heard before, it didn't hurt to hear it again. It was also refreshing to hear it in a different way that put somethings into a different perspective for me. I think one of the biggest ones that really stood out to me this time was standing up for what I believe in. This is something that can often be hard but will pave the way for how your life goes.

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Post by HeatherTasker » 10 Jan 2018, 16:08

fergie wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 09:46
I think my main take-away from it - although there were many great lines, as Sahani says above - is to be very aware of the people around you in life and the lessons they can all teach. That lessons may come quite randomly from someone you don't know well, or bump into in a shop. You don't need lifestyle gurus and expensive courses in motivation and how to live, just look at those around you and keep your eyes and mind open. When I think about the people in my own life, there are constant examples of people who've done really well, often against adverse circumstances, because they've kept going and kept cheerful. And others who are endlessly negative and show how not to live life.
I haven't read this yet but I could not agree more with that. I've personally noticed a huge difference in my life relative to who I spend my time with. When I've been around positive, creative people I've been positive and creative. When I've been around stagnant, nonproductive people I've been the same.

Thank goodness for the online communities I'm part of because I don't have a lot of positive influences in my physical proximity!

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 11 Jan 2018, 09:04

shalom113 wrote:
02 Jan 2018, 21:42
I learned that "its the little things in life that count" not always the big events. That life consists of " not how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away" and that, " you can't direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails".
true :handgestures-thumbupright: :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Post by Raksha Rakhecha » 11 Jan 2018, 09:06

Lebs wrote:
03 Jan 2018, 15:31
First of all, its okay to fail and start again. Secondly, always take note of who is around you and what they have to offer, you do not realise the lessons you can miss because you're not paying attention.
Totally! :D

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Post by Scrawling Pen » 11 Jan 2018, 19:47

I learned that some of the most important life lessons can come from some of the most unexpected people at the most unexpected of times. We should never allow our prejudices to shadow people. I truly believe that everyone has their own story and there something that I can learn from it.

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