Book Journal Week 2 : The Art of Thinking Clearly

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A Not so cliche self-improvement book

This is not a how-to book. You won’t find “seven steps to an error free life here”— Rolf Dobelli


So, things have been even more hectic in my life lately. Balancing things out has been a challenge but I still get to read in those times. I mix classic literature and self-improvement in between because those are the types of books that I enjoy reading. When I set my reading list, I also anticipated that my life can be a roller coaster ride so, I also set the book based on those unexpected events that may occur. Much like the previous book, this book is something I have personally reviewed and read in the past. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli is a must read for anyone who wants to learn how to minimize cognitive biases and how to look at common societal problems in a new light. As the book also argues that our cognitive biases sometimes can cost us dearly in either our individual relationship or as a part of society.


This book has more than 30 essays that discuss in-depth about some of our common misconceptions and cognitive biases that will make you experience an AHA moment. Personally, I think that resonates the most would be his essay about “ Why New Year’s Resolutions Don't Work”. Dobelli argues that even a new year’s resolution won’t help you achieve anything or start anything if you procrastinate. But fixing procrastination alone isn’t gonna help either. He mentioned a combining approach that includes setting a fixed date and making a commitment to erase distraction. All these make sense because for example, last year Ray and I decided that we both go to the gym and lose weight. I had no external pressure to lose it all but Ray was given a time because he wanted to apply for the military academy. We both worked at the same time but because Ray was having a fixed time, he ended up having more willingness to watch what he eats and exercised more. In the end, Ray lost more than me even though he did not end up going to the military because his body proportion wasn’t fit enough for it. Meanwhile I lose only about 26 pounds. But the result that Ray has achieved helped him get fit and made his life easier to apply to jobs and in the end, he works at a national bank.


Another one that I re-read a couple of times is “ Why You Go With The Status Quo”. Status quo can be anything in your life. It’s that convenience that according to Dobelli, despite having disadvantage, you still go with it because it just works. Perhaps you experienced this moment in your life that, like Dobelli said, you have a default phone setting rather than modifying the ROM and customizing it. But much like him, I agree that questioning the status quo, perhaps we can change some things around us.

This book makes you think and do not expect any how-to’s but you learn from the story and deduce the ideas on it. It can be worth reading and a week actually isn’t enough because one essay in this book will make you think over and over especially if you are young and don't have that many experiences with life. This book is also fitting to read for anyone below 20’s just to learn some of cognitive biases early and I am certain, it would help nurture critical thinking at an early age. But either way, I do recommend this for all ages, just in case you want to learn or finally find more examples about why your life happens the way it is or why some things happen. Just like I have found Why New Year’s Resolutions Don't Work and in goal setting, it helped me redefine the way I look at it.

Anyway, week 3 is closer than I’d like to expect and I am halfway reading pride and prejudice. If you want to read my previous book journal, you can check it out here Book Journal Week 1 : Brave New World or see my reading list over hereReading List 2023 .


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Hello dear friend @macchiata good day
I am very sorry that your life has become more hectic these days, the good thing is that you already had it planned and you acted accordingly, choosing the reading that would help with it.
What an interesting book, what you comment arouses a lot of interest
I appreciate you sharing this reading experience
I take this opportunity to wish you a splendid day

Thank you so much @jlufer. I have to say that if anyone wants to plan reading and it's something like once a week, they must account their life and possible unexpected situations that could arise. For me, it can be sudden travel, family matters, and others. So, I have to balance between them. But if anyone does not have other responsibilities, they certainly could take more difficult reading.

Hey Mate, Glad to see you're keeping up with reading books this Year.

I found this book real interesting... Self Improvement related books always give different perspective to think where we lack or need improvement.. thinking is kinda critical part where our most of life depends on it as we make choices or some situation where thinking becomes hard... Seems like this Book has a lot of things to clear this aspect.

Will search for it and looking forward to see more Good read suggestions.

Enjoy your day.


Yeah, I already made a commitment and though I should be putting this book journal last week, it's just that the time I have is now 😅 as life happens. You should check out this book when you can, it's interesting and has many life lessons that could guard you and help you through life.

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Wow, you really have a cool reading list, @macchiata.
A book with an essay writing style is much easier to read, and you are right that it will take a lot of contemplation after reading each chapter.
The repetition of reading that you do is also very effective for finding new thoughts as a result of contemplating again after reading it again. Great post, and have a great day.

Repetition reading is definitely pretty effective!

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Thanks for recommending these books. I look forward to reading both. Sometimes, thinking clearly can give us a simple solution to seemingly complex problems.

For sure! but learning how to think clearly is a challenge itself.

What he says in those examples were true especially the New years resolution thing.
Since it's new year we end up making a list to do and also getting rid of that procrastination thing but at the end of the day it feels like we're not really hitting a goal because we didn't set a date.
Setting a date is a must for us to hit it.
This kind of books really interests me.Thanks for sharing this one and wishing all the best. Godbless you.

Took me a while to get back here haha. But yes! setting a designated date is such a game changing.

It's alright 😁. What's important is you came back.

It looks really amazing book, I have to read some of these. I feel like you learn a lot from them. Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome!

Your article just changed my mind on the book I wanted to start with this year, it's really eye catchy, it's intriguing, this might be the best post that relate with me a lot, as we speaking am downloading it, love to see more from you.

Where do you usually download your book from?

Pdf drive for books download.

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