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The Art of the Good Life Review for #Careerlions

The Art of the Good Life Review for #Careerlions

Last week, I read The Art of The Good Life by Rolf Dobelli. This book is another bestseller, from the same writer as The Art of Thinking Clearly. After hyping the book, I convinced my boyfriend to get a copy that I, of course, had to read myself as well. As he prefers to read in Dutch, so did I for a change. The Dutch book also contains a lot of artwork that makes flying through the book and checking the page numbers even more satisfying. Another fun note is that Rolf Dobelli is apparently one of the co-founders of getAbstract! I only realised this reading the book. The book is about the 52 shortcuts that increase your chances at a good life. I imagine every #careerlion is on a quest to lead a good life, so today a review of The Art of The Good Life.

The Verdict

The Art of The Good Life is a great book set up in short and concise chapters that we are used to by Dobelli. As I indicated in my review on The Art of Thinking Clearly, this makes the concepts that Dobelli tackles easily digestible and to the point. It makes that the book is perfect for a short read when you have just a few minutes to spare, as well as a few minutes in your bedtime ritual. For me, this is the perfect book setup to read during my hectic workweeks. 

The chapters are focused on shortcuts for wiser thinking and better decision making, both at home and at work. I especially like the fact that it focuses on both, which in this day and age is becoming more and more important as we #careerlions each try to find our own optimal work-life balance. I also really like how Dobelli encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and take a different perspective in life to gain new insights. The influence of Stoicism in this book is also very

Where I did not have many “aha” moments while reading this book myself, it made me realise that I am on the right track to live a fulfilled “good” life. That the work that Liona and I are doing to engineer our lives with Careerlions is paying off. It also made me realise that I have to remind myself of spending my energy only on those things that matter and to take more time to practice Stoicism. It has encouraged me to restart my ritual of reading a page from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.

Interesting Quotes From the Book

My favourite quotes from the book are:

“There’s nothing more idiotic than slogging away at a job that earns you lots of money but brings you no joy—especially if you’re investing that money in items rather than experiences.” 

“Because problems aren't like great Bordeaux wines—they don’t improve with age.” 

“The most common misunderstanding I encounter is that the good life is a stable state or condition. Wrong. The good life is only achieved through constant readjustment.” 

“A single outstanding skill trumps a thousand mediocre ones. Every hour invested into your circle of competence is worth a thousand spent elsewhere.” 

“Accepting reality is easy when you like what you see, but you’ve got to accept it even when you don’t—especially when you don’t.” 

“It’s not what you add that enriches your life—it’s what you omit.” 

Interesting Insights From the Book

Some of my additional insights from the book that I am pondering:

  • One of my favourite ideas for the book that I definitely share is that no one is that special and/or critical in life. Life always goes on and even the great inventors in history could have been replaceable. Those theories could have been founded by others around the same time, by different people in a different place.

  • He urges people to read less when you get older and to keep a kind of punch card with the number books you may still read. His point is that it is better to re-read and truly understand those books that you find worthy of your time and attention. Urging you to read as many different books as possible when you are younger to acquire your taste in books and determine your likes and dislikes.

  • Prevention is better than cure, while society tends to celebrates hero’s in catastrophes whereas the real heroes may very well be those who were able to prevent a catastrophe from ever happening in the first place.

  • Don’t bother too much with changing other people. The only motivation for personal change must come from within.

Do plan to get your copy of The Art of The Good Life? What are your secrets to a good life? Share it with us!


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