The Power Of Yes by Abbie Headon

The Blurb On The Back:

Discover the power of YES and all the amazing things it can do for you.

So often we are afraid of failure, of disappointment, of being vulnerable, and we settle for ‘no’.  The practical tips and inspirational advice within these pages will help you embrace positivity and find a new sense of freedom in each area of your life, from your career, to your relationships, to your dreams and ambitions. 

The Review (Cut For Spoilers):

Abbie Headon is a writer and editor who has written this superficial, simplistic and ultimately unhelpful book that aims to give readers the ability to put the spark into life and achieve their goals but ultimately is a mix of bland checklists, empty affirmation statements and brief biographies of famous people who have a vague link to the point of the previous chapter such that I didn’t really see the point of it.

The book encourages readers to think about where they are and what they want – some people find such exercises useful but there wasn’t anything here that I haven’t seen in a dozen other self-improvement books or even women’s magazines.  Headon goes on to give tips on how to establish goals and develop resilience, drown out critics, doing something different.  There are then tips on how to set about travelling, getting outside your comfort zone, learning new skills or subjects, career planning, decuttering and so on.

There are some mini biographies of people such as Malala Yousafazi, J K Rowling and Marianne Cusato, which are okay (I learnt about some people I hadn’t previously heard of) but they’re brief and simplistic and only tie in with the preceding chapter in the most superficial of ways.

Ultimately I found this to be a disappointing read and although I was open to being advised on how to make changes, there’s nothing here that anyone who’s serious about making a change won’t already have considered.

THE POWER OF YES was released in the United Kingdom on 7thJune 2018.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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