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Official Review: The Winning You by Sanket Pai

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Winning You" by Sanket Pai.]
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The Winning you: Master Your Focus is a quick, comprehensive guide on how to focus all your attention. Filled with to the point tips, this guide is a great way to start yourself on the path of success and discipline.

I admit that I am not much one for self-help books. I’ve always regarded them as something that regurgitates what we all already know, but just in a more sophisticated manner. And to a point, it is. We all recognize what is good for us, but we struggle to follow it because how? How do we make such a drastic change?

The Winning You: Master your Focus starts on the most fundamental change we need to make: focus. The author makes it even easier by dividing the book into three concise parts: Part A: Sort it out; Part B: Straighten and standardize, and Part C: Sustain for Results. Each part starts with a clear goal and adds in a quote, and who doesn’t love an inspirational quote? The format is clear, to the point and easy to read, allowing the reader to focus completely on the text.

Pai Sanket’s writing is fluid and easy, leaving behind all the clutter and focusing instead on the crucial parts. He establishes a goal and builds on it instead of adding pages and pages of analogies that most readers skip over. A lot of self-help books become repetitive and a chore to read. Sanket’s easy read had me turning pages without thought to how much of the book was still left to read.

I loved that the author also added tips behind each section and cautions the reader that any change takes time. He advises to start off small and build on that goal instead of setting unrealistic goals and then losing drive when it isn't completed. One thing Sanket recommended was kanban, an easy planner that was developed by Taiichi Ohno while working as an industrial engineer for Toyota. I’ve since started using it, and I already perceive a difference in my focus during the day.

I’ve always thought of myself as disciplined but many things Sanket was pointing out were things I was doing. It hit me like a ton of bricks, the small things I do that take so much valuable time out of my day. I could hear the Game of Thrones ‘Shame! Shame! Shame!' chant in my head. And while he does focus on work, he emphasizes that healthy time management means making time for your friends and family, but mostly for yourself.

I rate The Winning You: Master Your Focus 4 out of 4 stars. Besides being an easy read with excellent advice, The Winning You: Master Your Focus had impeccable writing and I noticed no typos. Overall, it was a short, refreshing read that helped me identify why I'm not doing the things I set out to do, and how to change that by using simple and easy steps that anyone can implement into their life.

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This could be a beneficial book for those of us, including me, who might be termed as "clatter brains" figuratively and literally. We could not help but think of so many things at the same time. Or thinking of one thing, we could not prevent other things from coming in. This could be a must-read for me. Thank you for your interesting review.
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Now I wonder if I can wait to read this book! I don't see myself as that focused, and this self-help book might help. I like the way the author was realistic in saying that changes take time. Many books will make you feel like you aren't good enough if your change is hard coming by. I like your honesty too. Not everyone would easily admit how a book they read helped or is helping them. Thanks for this, Mercier.
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ReyvrexQuestor Reyes wrote: 27 Jun 2018, 22:31 This could be a beneficial book for those of us, including me, who might be termed as "clatter brains" figuratively and literally. We could not help but think of so many things at the same time. Or thinking of one thing, we could not prevent other things from coming in. This could be a must-read for me. Thank you for your interesting review.
It really is. I've noticed a difference since I read this book. I'm doing more work and in less time and I've been making time to do things like playing tennis again and reading for fun. Definitely helped.
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SereneCharles wrote: 27 Jun 2018, 23:03 Now I wonder if I can wait to read this book! I don't see myself as that focused, and this self-help book might help. I like the way the author was realistic in saying that changes take time. Many books will make you feel like you aren't good enough if your change is hard coming by. I like your honesty too. Not everyone would easily admit how a book they read helped or is helping them. Thanks for this, Mercier.
AAwww. :D Thank you! And it really did help. The things you can change are small things but they make a huge difference.
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Thank you for the amazing review! This seems like an inspiring read indeed.
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gen_g wrote: 28 Jun 2018, 02:35 Thank you for the amazing review! This seems like an inspiring read indeed.
It definitely is! Thank you! :D
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Great review and it sounds like a really useful book. I spend most of my life going upstairs for something and coming back down, having forgotten what I went up for.
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I don't know who said it first, but the last self-help book I read said that success is knowing how to focus, when to focus, and for how long. I'd never thought about it that way, but it makes sense. That being the case, this one may be the most effective self-help book. I used to be more focused but, 3 small children later, I'm thinking I need to read this! (lol) I would have passed on it but for your super-helpful review. Thanks!
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SamSim wrote: 28 Jun 2018, 04:54 I don't know who said it first, but the last self-help book I read said that success is knowing how to focus, when to focus, and for how long. I'd never thought about it that way, but it makes sense. That being the case, this one may be the most effective self-help book. I used to be more focused but, 3 small children later, I'm thinking I need to read this! (lol) I would have passed on it but for your super-helpful review. Thanks!
It's super simple and really easy things! And yet, it makes a great difference. And KIDDIES! I'm sorry. I just love kiddies :lol2: :lol2: Thank you for the comment!
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I like this "...start off small and build on that goal instead of setting unrealistic goals..." which really serves as a reminder to me. Many of us do the other way round instead of starting small. The narration of this book sounds straightforward. I think reading this will feel like as if my weakness points are pin pointed and come up with solutions to rectify them. Thank you for such insightful review.
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How desperately I need to work on focusing my attention. Amazing review!
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Helen_Combe wrote: 28 Jun 2018, 04:38 Great review and it sounds like a really useful book. I spend most of my life going upstairs for something and coming back down, having forgotten what I went up for.
I can totally relate. :lol2:
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ParadoxicalWoman wrote: 28 Jun 2018, 10:28 I like this "...start off small and build on that goal instead of setting unrealistic goals..." which really serves as a reminder to me. Many of us do the other way round instead of starting small. The narration of this book sounds straightforward. I think reading this will feel like as if my weakness points are pin pointed and come up with solutions to rectify them. Thank you for such insightful review.
Thank you for the great comment! And it is important to start small. :tiphat:
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daniya__shah3 wrote: 28 Jun 2018, 11:58 How desperately I need to work on focusing my attention. Amazing review!
You're amazing! And I think anyone that loves reading can relate. :lol2:
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