eBook Review: Reimagined - How amazing people design lives they love and what they can teach you - by Ian Breck
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Ian Breckabout this book: Reimagined explores truly amazing lives through the people who live them and the eyes of a leading life quality and cognitive researcher. This book reveals and explores the characteristics virtually all people who experience high quality lives share amongst each other - and what others can learn from these exceptionally rare individuals. Reimagined is the missing manual that explains life, how we design it, and live it.
Reimagined is being received well by readers ranging from 17 to 80. While it's an important and powerful read at every age, the average reader falls between 40 and 60, and is someone wanting to reimagine and redesign their lives to be the meaningful and wonderful experience they once dreamed about, or perhaps had lost track of during adulthood.
Reimagined combines 25 years of scientific research into a digestible resource that's designed to be used and not simply read. Arguably, the most difficult part of creating this book was condensing a career of science into an enjoyable, readable, and useful resource that can be understood by anyone. To accomplish this, I addressed life and living from my personal confrontation with death and the many revealing life experiences I've encountered through my career.
As I wrote his book, I constantly was confronted with the realization that, as someone who studies life and living, how much of my work had been purely theoretical until I faced the unwelcome realities of my own life. As I say in my book, "life's funny that way when you're looking at it from six-feet under." However, my experience is no different from any other. We tend to accept our lives until some seminal event challenges our reality and lets us know the strategies we use to live our lives are no longer keeping up with the realities of our environment.
When I began writing this book, we conducted a survey among 43,000 people asking them only one question: "What is a happy life? " Fewer than one percent could answer the question to any discernible level. Perhaps not so ironically, one percent is also the number of all individuals who can honestly say they live a life they "love." The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. New research is revealing important understandings that anyone can use to reimagine and redesign their lives. And, while life isn't always easy, a life designed well is always worth it!
Reimagined not only explores the stuff of a high quality life, but also puts the reader in the scene to reimagine and redesign their own life through built-in exercises to make them a part of the experience. By the end of the book, the reader has learned precisely what they need to reimagine and redesign their own lives.
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One Book Everyone Should OwnIf you (or someone you know) has ever been at a point where you want to live your life better, happier, smarter or just differently, this is one book you should own. This book explains life and living in ways anyone can understand and also makes you a part of the story through interesting anecdotes and exercises at the end of each chapter.
I was expecting some new-age babble when the book was recommended to me. It's not. Ian Breck is obviously a scientist - but an interesting one who explains things in very real world terms that draw you in and is easily understandable and relatable. He has a magical way of making exceptionally complex subjects easily digestible through stories and personal experiences. A very intriguing read.
I had my two teenagers read this book and they both agreed that it helped them see life quite differently. My daughter has recommended it to several of her friends.
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