3 out of 4 stars
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The popular quote, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," kicks of the self-help guide that is My First Leadership Journal by Ezekiel Chang. In this book, the author makes an attempt at helping readers to discern their life goals, master their goals and emotions, handle the inevitable difficulties that they will encounter on the road to achieving these goals, and more, with key themes revolving around asking questions and forming your opinions first, even if they are bad opinions, as opposed to relying on other people's opinions.
I found the book helpful in several aspects, especially on sorting out goals and knowing which ones to actively go after in a clear-headed way. Surprisingly, I could relate to the author pointing out that many people try to take on too many goals at once, making things complex for themselves and not even achieving any of the targets in the end.
In My First Leadership Journal, Ezekiel Chang simplifies things for us, presenting his book in a workbook format and taking us through key principles to adopt on our journey towards success in an easy-to-understand manner. These principles revolve around goal mastery and include ranking priorities, goal sequencing, measuring progress, and output, input, labor, and validity in relation to goal-achieving activities.
While the author's methods primarily revolve around journaling, he helps readers see how it should be carried out consistently and orderly to help them make progress that will be visible in the long term, just like with exercising. I also enjoyed that he presented his lessons through a step-by-step approach and employed illustrations to show readers exactly how effective journaling or "reflective writing" can be done.
My main criticisms of the book are that it is overly repetitive and does not necessarily introduce experienced journalers to new ideas. The author did state that the book is aimed at beginners, but that could have been included in the description so that some readers would not feel underwhelmed and know what to expect. I will say that the book will still serve as a good reminder for readers in this category, however.
All things considered, the book is a helpful read. It is also an exceptionally well-edited book since I did not find any errors while reading it. The issues I discussed above mean that the book is not perfect, so it deserves a rating of three out of four stars. Readers interested in books about self-discovery, self-reflection, and achieving goals will benefit from this guide.
My first leadership journal
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