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Friday 14 March 2014

Book Review: The Student Manual By Nicholas Goodall

About the book:

In the words of the author (as stated on the author website)
This is a collection of the principles and ideas I wish were taught in education, from personal philosophy and responsibility to goal setting and building rapport – all encased in four diverse topics of health, relationships, wealth and skills.Yes – it’s a book, but not one of those massive textbooks with dreaded, endless walls of text. The content is broken up and easy to read with section summaries if you like to skim or want a quick reminder.
It also contains over 25 sections in a mere 80 pages – short so it won’t steal your time. However, I wanted to get as much across as possible with no fluff, so it’s quite dense.
Like you, I’m a student, so there are absolutely no adults or teachers (promise).
Exams and tests come and go, but the things which really matter – your dreams, your ambitions, your life – are with you forever. It sounds daunting, but you’ll regret it if you ignore them.
About the author:
Nick Goodall – a Student of Life, self-development addict and fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share with you some findings, insights and principles from his journey of success (so far).
He’s ignorant in thinking that anything is possible (according to the laws of nature), but always keeps an empty glass.
Among the things he enjoys are writing, reading and walking, as well as the general process of ‘creating’ things (entrepreneur style). The Student Manual is one of those creations, and it’s only the beginning.
My Review:
The student manual: a guide to success, by its very name, appears to be some resource book. The surprising part is that despite its simple language, arrangement of themes under heads and sub-heads, it does not seem textbookish at all. It is like being told the same things has a different impact when heard from the author. Having cleanly arranged the issues in the broad categories of Health, Relationships, Wealth and Skills, the author makes it very interesting and readable for the reader. How a healthy diet can help address the core of the problem of concentration(or the lack of it), lethargy and tardiness, is just one example of the wisdom contained in 80 pages.
It ends on an optimistic note that success is possible. But we need to own it.

The best part is that it is written in a lucid language which makes it an easy read, without sounding like preaching. Instead, Goodall presents simple facts in such a manner that it becomes impossible to resist
reading through each of the 80 pages. And 80 pages is not that big a deal, so it is very easy to shelve a few hours from your busy student life and contemplate upon making it more productive than before.

My Judgement:

If you are a student, and you think you are too busy to read books other than those recommended in your texts, go read this one NOW.

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