Review: It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be

Wednesday, 28 October 2015



I picked up Paul Arden's "It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be" along with a few other inspirational books on Booktopia, but unlike "How To Win Friends & Influence People", this book is short, easy to read and creatively put together with a lot of illustrations.

Just like it's cover is so instagram worthy, almost every sentence is quote worthy. It's perfect for those who need a quick inspirational boost. As Google describes it, this book is a "pocket bible for the talented and timid alike to help make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible".

It's also a great read for people working in a field where creativity is needed, but it doesn't have to be—principles like "the person who doesn't make mistakes is unlikely to make anything" can be applied just as much to everyday life.

My most favourite quote or principle is located at the beginning of the book, where Arden tells us that "you can achieve the unachievable" if you develop a complete disregard for where your capabilities end and do things you think you are incapable of. It might sound a bit trivial at first, but I think it's a type of mentality that we should all be adopting to better ourselves. I, for one, am someone who is constantly doubting my own abilities, so it was quite eye-opening for me to hear/read something telling me that I'm allowed think so positively (highly) of myself. It's not arrogance, but having self-appreciation and confidence in an empowering way. Now I know why Arden calls his book "the world's best selling book".

I find that keeping some of the quotes from the book in the back of my mind will also help in the long run, but it doesn't offer much explanation or elaboration as to its execution. (That's why I like Dale Carnegie's book more, but this by no means a comparison review.) Overall, I found this handbook very useful and inspirational because it was very short and succinct. At 127 pages, it promotes assertiveness and positive thinking by provoking you to challenge your thoughts and actions: so how good do you want to be?

Rating: ★★★★

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