4 out of 4 stars
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"I wanted to be a television journalist, I made it happen; I wanted to spend my life diving with sharks, I made it happen; I wanted to work in the aerospace industry, I made it happen."
As an Emmy Award-winning producer and journalist with over 30 years of experience, George C. Schellenger reviews his life lessons in Sharks, Space, Time: Field Notes from a Road Less Traveled. The author has worked for media brands such as AOL Time Warner and Microsoft while utilizing his corporate background to help advance his passions, including shark conservation and space travel. He originally started his lists as a way to document one year's events before beginning another. However, the lists have been so well received that they inspired the book. As he shares his notes from the road less traveled, he explores a broad range of topics including the power of the mind, shark diving, Project Apollo and space exploration, achieving goals, time travel, meditation, sleep as a destination, broken journalism, and letting go.
There's a lot to like about this engaging short read, but don't let the book's mere 117 pages fool you; it's organized, well written, and professionally edited. One doesn't need to be brave enough to swim with sharks to take away something from its pages. The title seems to suggest somewhat of a narrow target audience, but as a result of the author's diverse range of topics, there is a little something for everyone. The author describes the book as "a biography in the age of social media." However, many aspects of it are uplifting and motivational.
I particularly like the author's writing style, which is straightforward and simultaneously conveys gratitude and a zest for life. "Count your blessings, be grateful, and give thanks at the end of every day. I recently read, 'What if you woke up with only the things you were thankful for the day before?'." His attitude of gratitude is consistent throughout the book, whether he is discussing diving with sharks or movies and music that have impacted his life. At the same time, the author doesn't shy away from talking about difficult seasons in his life. I appreciate his candor as he recounts his experiences with depression.
I can't name a thing I dislike or a suggestion for improvement. I'm pleased to rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. Due to the author's engaging writing style and the diversity of topics, I recommend it to any reader whose interest is piqued after reading the review.
Sharks, Space, Time
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