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Encouraging, funny, but nothing really new: Of stubborn riders & dead horses! {Review}

Imagine the following picture: A horse is dead on the ground. It does not look like it just collapsed; it does not seem to be alive for a while. There is a man sitting on the horse who wants to keep me in the saddle.

Of course not exactly easy if the critter is dead on the ground. This looks absurd, but even more absurd is that the rider does not even find it strange - as if everything was normal. Sounds absurd? Any reasonable person would descend! They think!

Hold on to the custom!

In life, however, the opposite happens too often, because our psyche unfortunately ticks differently. Because the human brain is designed in such a way that we like to hold onto familiar and tried and tested things, but we are afraid of something new. And so we do not get off so often when our horse is already dead on the ground, but cling to us like crazy on the saddle.

For example, on the job: We are training or graduating, preferably one that prepares you directly for the job - and we should then practice the right job until retirement. At least that's the usual way.

Leaning looks and other fears

Anyone who deviates from this ideal must be bad at his job - or simply an unreliable employee. And even without the lopsided looks, you often prefer to hang on the familiar, even if you have long realized that it is actually wrong. For the new, unknown appears to our brain as an incalculable risk!

So we'd rather keep a secure job than try something new. But that's exactly what author Tom Diesbrock, who dropped out of medical school himself and now works as a psychologist, wants to do just that Coach works, his readers bring: “Today the brain is regarded as capable of learning for a lifetime. If you decide to learn Japanese at the age of 70, you have the hardware to do it. "

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Director or extra

Because you have to decide whether you want to be a director or an extra in your own life: the former are the courageous decision-makers who stand up objectives set and achieve them. Extras, on the other hand, are those who give in to their fate helplessly.

Now I believe myself that a positive attitude in life is important in order to move forward. However, I don't think much of NLP methods as "You can achieve anything if you just want to". It is to Dierbrock's credit that he differentiates this difficult and controversial topic, tackling it with verve and a lot of wit.

He escapes the danger of putting people in generalizing drawers and shows that courage to change is worthwhile - and with numerous entertaining anecdotes and metaphors. Or has the fairy tale ever been heard by a prince who prefers to be bored at the castle pool? Killing dragons or saving princesses - because he did not know if it was worth it? Just!

Yes, but, right?

The "yes-but-sayers" that come up in abundance with such a book ("I would like to change something, but I need money / more time / have children, etc.") he exposes with 10 good reasons to ride a dead horse - none of which he accepts.

In short, an encouraging book with an optimistic image of man, which is also pleasant and entertaining to read and without annoying raised finger finger. On the contrary, Diesbrock does not want to convince its readers of any guilt feelings.

My conclusion

I liked this book incredibly well, if not spoken from the soul. I know a lot of people who I would give it to their hands according to the motto “read this!”. An excellent resource for people who are afraid to try something new.

However, if you want concrete tips on finding a job, you are in vain here: It's all about self-knowledge. That's what makes the author stand out. And even groundbreaking new content should not be expected here: Rather, old familiar is presented in a new guise. But that's all the more entertaining. Maybe that's what makes the book so interesting.

By the way: I have become aware of the book by Svenja Hofert, which also discussed it!

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