When I decided I wanted to work for myself, I also included in my wish list for changes to go together with my new career: to read more books again. I love to read, but I have fallen prey to the distractions of my smartphone. I do read interesting articles there as well, but it is just not the same as reading a book! I have therefore decided to read and review a book which is either motivational or business related every month. This time:
Esther Jacobs – What is your excuse?
Esther Jacobs is a digital nomad, originally from The Netherlands. She lives and works from various locations on our globe. I have been following her online for quite some time and she is one of the persons that inspired me pursue a career which is not bound to a fixed location.
When I wanted to start with some real classics like Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, I stumbled upon this book in my collection. It has been there for quite some time and I decided to read this first. And I did not regret it!
In this book, Esther deals with the excuses that people come up with for not pursuing their dreams. She does this by listing common excuses (no time, no money, why change a good thing, what if I fail, what if I succeed?) and describing how she overcame these very excuses.
She manages to connect all these excuses with episodes in her life, approximately starting when she graduated from Nijenrode University, via her first working experiences, to when she initiated the Coins for Care project (where she set up an organisation to collect European local currency coins that could not be exchanged for Euros per 1 January 2002), and when she was a contestant in the TV show Expedition Robinson.
First of all, the book satisfies anybody who is curious about how Coins for Care was started and organised and what difficulties she encountered and overcame. The same applies to Expedition Robinson, where you see a very different side of things than what you see on TV.
However, what I mostly took out of reading this book, is her enduring belief in a good outcome and in people’s best intentions. Even when things are looking bad, she stays friendly, cooperative and positive. Every time you think her problem cannot be solved, she finds the solution, often with support from the right people coming into her life at the right time.
To me this book shows again, that if you just do it (I am getting more and more convinced that Nike is so right), if you act friendly towards others and act with good intentions, good things await you!
If you do not believe my word for it, or if just you like to see that belief reconfirmed -packed in an entertaining story at the same time-, I highly recommend reading this book.
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