Review by BookishCreature -- And Then I Met Margaret

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Review by BookishCreature -- And Then I Met Margaret

Post by BookishCreature » 15 Jan 2018, 16:26

[Following is a volunteer review of "And Then I Met Margaret" by Rob White.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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You could make the case that Rob White is a self-made man. After all, his determination and willingness to work hard were what brought him up from humble beginnings to the success he enjoys today. But on reading the introduction to And Then I Met Margaret, you’ll find that White attributes much of his success to the multitudes of friends and mentors he’s learned from along the way. He has a laundry list of self-help celebrities he’s met and conversed with: Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy – all names we recognize from the bestseller lists.

This book, however, is not about any of them. And Then I Met Margaret focuses on the gurus that White encountered in his day-to-day life before he established himself as a successful businessman – the teachers, the bosses, the children, and even the perfect strangers that taught him important lessons about himself and the world. The result is a refreshing and inspiring read that I rate 4 out of 4 stars.

I’ve read as many self-help books as the next person. There’s something to be said for taking the advice of a self-improvement superstar – there must be a good reason they’ve become so renowned, right? However, And Then I Met Margaret proves that everyone on this planet has something to teach you, no matter their age, success, or station. I really enjoyed reading about these normal people and the wisdom they imparted on White, directly and indirectly. My personal favorite was the story of Debbie, one of White’s young students, who approached him with a very simple question – “How do I convince myself that I’m smarter than I think I am?” – and completely upturned his outlook on life in the process.

The author writes with a humility that really struck me. He lays bare his faults and failings, and his overall attitude is not, “Look how smart I am,” but instead, “Look how wise my mentors are.” Instead of coming across as preachy, his gratitude and enthusiasm shine through every page.

I also liked the way the book is structured. The chapters bite-sized, and each one starts with a one-liner – “The Myth I Believed.” At the end of the chapter, that myth is contrasted with “The Reality I Discovered.” This makes the lessons easy to digest and refer back to, and I'm sure I'll find myself flipping back to a few favorites.

And Then I Met Margaret is a compendium of sage advice from unlikely sources, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to better themselves. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for my own gurus from now on.

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Post by rik17 » 17 Jan 2018, 23:10

A beautifully written review.

How some people are finding arrogance in White's voice is beyond my comprehension. I'm glad we share the same perspective.

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Post by pinklover » 17 Jan 2018, 23:48

i am happy that you love this book as well. I learned many things in this book. The guru's teaching is somewhat talking to you directly. Do check mine as well. Thanks.
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Post by BookishCreature » 17 Jan 2018, 23:59

rik17 wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 23:10
A beautifully written review.

How some people are finding arrogance in White's voice is beyond my comprehension. I'm glad we share the same perspective.
Thanks for the comment! I was just discussing that in another thread, actually - I think some people read the book like a memoir, so they focused a lot on the author as a character in the book. On the other hand, I (and maybe you as well) read it more like a self-help book, trying to learn from the myths and realities the author wrote about. I think it's just down to personal preference. Good to have someone else in my camp though! ;)

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Post by BookishCreature » 18 Jan 2018, 00:00

pinklover wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 23:48
i am happy that you love this book as well. I learned many things in this book. The guru's teaching is somewhat talking to you directly. Do check mine as well. Thanks.
Thanks for commenting! It doesn't look like your review has been posted yet, but I'll keep an eye out. :)

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Post by rik17 » 18 Jan 2018, 07:56

BookishCreature wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 23:59
I think some people read the book like a memoir, so they focused a lot on the author as a character in the book. On the other hand, I (and maybe you as well) read it more like a self-help book, trying to learn from the myths and realities the author wrote about. I think it's just down to personal preference.
Spot on.
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17 Jan 2018, 23:59
Good to have someone else in my camp though! ;)
We are currently reading the same book as well, lets see where we pitch our camps this time round! :wink:

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Post by Eva Darrington » 18 Jan 2018, 12:47

What a beautiful review. You are a good writer. Refreshing. As we discussed in the other forum, we had slightly different takes on the book, but I do appreciate all of the elements you have outlined here. Well done.
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Post by BookishCreature » 18 Jan 2018, 13:21

Eva Darrington wrote:
18 Jan 2018, 12:47
What a beautiful review. You are a good writer. Refreshing. As we discussed in the other forum, we had slightly different takes on the book, but I do appreciate all of the elements you have outlined here. Well done.
Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed my review even though we disagreed on some points. :)

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Post by Dani8385 » 18 Jan 2018, 15:36

Wonderful review! It's now on my shelf to read next!

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 19 Jan 2018, 19:59

Interesting review. You have covered much of Rob White's gurus except one -- Shaky. Who the cabbage is Shaky? Like Margaret, this guru lent much to teaching Rob some lesson. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by KAY1 » 21 Jan 2018, 19:07

I really enjoyed reading your review.. you show passion in reading.. all the best

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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 23 Jan 2018, 01:48

Plot seems appealing. And your review depicts it very well .
Moreover, I find title 'And Then I Met Margaret' quite attractive.
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Post by Calmic » 16 Feb 2018, 09:25

This is great, yes everyday one on this planet has something to offer you, no matter their age

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Post by Ever_Reading » 24 May 2018, 01:21

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Post by Philip Chepsingil » 13 Oct 2018, 05:34

rik17 wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 23:10
A beautifully written review.

How some people are finding arrogance in White's voice is beyond my comprehension. I'm glad we share the same perspective.
I am among those who found no arrogance in White's voice. I read all the stories but found no glimpse of arrogance.

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