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Many people compromise their standards and settle for a life of second-best. Consultant Rana Florida shows you how to live the first-best life you want, stop living in a state of “managed dissatisfaction” and “upgrade” your life by doing what you love. She interviews a wide range of celebrities – including tennis star Andre Agassi; Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago; architect Zaha Hadid; and singer Nelly Furtado. Despite their different backgrounds, each one achieved success by following seven basic principles of life management. Although Florida’s book is sometimes short on details, the strongest, most practical chapter discusses time management and offers concrete suggestions about eliminating filler, curbing your choices, and saying no to people and events that don’t add value. getAbstract recommends her insights to those seeking to make positive life choices.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to achieve the life you want,
  • Why you may want to make changes how you live and
  • How to use seven key principles to “upgrade” your life.
 

About the Author

Rana Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group consultancy. She writes the Huffington Post column, “Your Startup Life” and contributes regularly to HGTV. Previously, she was a senior communications executive at HMSHost (Host Marriott Services) and at Feld Entertainment.

 

Summary

“Envision Your Future”

Adults often have a hard time answering the questions, “What do you want out of life? and “What matters most to you?” Many people trudge through their days in a state of “managed dissatisfaction.” The concept of managed dissatisfaction comes from Nobel Prize-winning economist Herbert Simon, who coined the term “satisficing” – a combination of “satisfy” and “suffice.” Back in 1956, Simon reasoned that humans cannot imagine every conceivable alternative, so they make decisions based on what they know. Thus, they often settle for what they think is “good enough.”


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    Eric Gregg 5 years ago
    Sounds like this book just doesn't have a lot of meat to it. That is evident when this abstract feels the need to take up space telling us the various flavors that some ice shaving entrepreneurs have in their offering.