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    Interesting, Simple and Fun

    This book was an interesting read. I'm a Psychology major, and I'll be entering grad school to continue my studies in Psychology next year, so these type of self-help books (even of the short-and-simple variety) really appeal to me both personally and professionally. First, there is a small explanation for what self-motivation is and why it matters. Then, the book has broken-up what could be a monstrous task (finding this motivation in and applying this motivation to oneself) into fifteen small "hacks". (Note - I like the use of the "hack" word throughout the book, and in its title. This word is a buzzword for millennials and others looking to do things ever-faster in our quick-paced, technologically-driven society). The hacks are all really simply written and easy to understand. Some deep psychology is used, actually, but without all the frills and scientific words. However, this speaks to the validity of the process used for motivation! (For instance: the "pyramid" of Hack 5 reminds me a lot of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which is a well-respected theory on motivation/achievement). Sometimes, I even wish there was a little more simplification (like on discussion of "visualization"...some people really struggle with even just that, so maybe a bit more break-down would be cool) because the authors simplify the rest so well! Good example anecdotes and stories are used throughout, and each hack includes practical application "assignments" - like homework for what you've just learned. The last thing I liked is a thorough and consistent focus on the positive. Those who struggle with self-motivation would obviously need this kind of boost in what they're reading. The book is really positive, while also addressing what could be negative as you go along. I don't think the authors can promise anyone will be conquering the world with these hacks, (but, who knows?) but in the end, the reader will at least have a lot of tools on how to self-start and begin (or REbegin) any project or task. It's also a fun introduction lesson on introspection, especially for those who have never tried it.

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