The times are urgent let us slow down.

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In a nutshell

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After quitting his design job, Scott Shigeoka spent 12 months living in his car and travelling around the US. During that time he pushed himself to meet people on the opposite side of the political divide and instead of judging them based on politics, he remained curious to learn about them as humans. One of the results of this journey was Seek. In this book he shares his four step framework to enhance your ability to:

  1. Detach – let go of your assumptions, biases and certainty
  2. Intend –  prepare your mindset and setting
  3. Value – see the dignity of every person, including yourself
  4. Embrace – welcome the hard times in your life.

Book Club Notes

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When I’m asked what books I like reading, my reply is usually along the lines of “there’s no genre – if it interests me or sparks curiosity I’ll pick it up and read”. While this book initially sparked curiosity, reading it removed that spark. A curiosity expert, Scott Shigeoka seems to be a new age spiritualist – and this book very much reads like that. It’s also very much geared towards a polarised American demographic where how someone votes determines whether or not you can have anything to do with them. Much of his anecdotes revolved around attending Trump rallies and his interactions as a gay liberal with conservatives. As much as I wanted to be curious, I found myself reading to finish, not to enjoy or learn. This may be because I’ve read Think Again which tackles a similar topic. It just wasn’t a book for me – and that is ok, because for someone else it may be exactly what they need.

Read If

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You identify with new age spiritualism or want to learn how to approach people with opposing values and viewpoints.

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Rating

4
Readability – 5 /10
Writing – 6/10
Likeability – 3/10
Purpose – 5/10
Shareability – 2/10
4.0
4.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty

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seek book

Published by: Pan Macmillan  

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help

ISBN: 978-1035008742

Pages: 232

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Likeability: Are the characters likeable, relatable, imparting something of value?

Purpose: Is there a clear purpose to the story being shared or is it better suited as a personal project for a family keepsake?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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