How to be successful by being yourself by David Taylor – book review

How To Be Successful By Being Yourself: The Surprising Truth About Turning Fear and Doubt into Confidence and Success
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Welcome to a truly unique book, an interactive experience that will change your life in whatever way you want, just by reading. No hype, jargon or hard work – simply words that will open up new possibilities around you and re-programme your mental software to remove your fears, worries and limiting beliefs. Yes, do yoga, tai chi and meditation – this book will have a bigger impact, faster and cheaper.

Overall Plot

A book about changing your life and rediscovering what you have perhaps known all along to get you where you want to be in life using very simple techniques.

Review and Conclusion

A nicely written guide to success. Many statements the author made are what a lot of us already know but don’t use to our advantage. Other intriguing topics covered in the book included the choice to be successful or not and how to stop worrying about what other people think of you. A straightforward self-help book. Would recommend.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Positive Habit by Fiona Brennan – book review

The Positive Habit: 6 Steps for Transforming Negative Thoughts to Positive Emotions
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Synopsis (from Google Books)

Love, calmness, confidence, gratitude, hope and happiness: the six emotions that tip the balance of our mindset in favor of a positive outlook rather than a negative one. Wouldn’t it be great to feel more of these positive emotions? Now you can with Fiona Brennan’s ultimate manual for the mind.

With a chapter on each emotion, and practical steps on how to cultivate them, the plan utilizes mindfulness, habit loops, positive psychology and neuroscience to help soothe anxiety and stress. It will show you how to train your brain to embrace negative thoughts with courage and love before transforming them into positive ones.

Accompanied by audio-hypnotherapy meditations that take just a few minutes a day, split between morning and evening, it will transform your mental health as you doze off peacefully to the sleep-time audio and start the day happy with the seven-minute morning ritual. Take control of your emotional health and build your ladder to happiness so that you flourish as you develop The Positive Habit.

Overall Plot

Written by clinical hypnotherapist, Fiona Brennan, this self-help book includes all the steps in the form of a ladder to change your mind to a have a positive mindset. Included are free audio-hypnotherapy meditations which you can download on her website.


While I was sceptical as I don’t usually meditate, I found both the morning and nighttime audios really good as they brought both a positive start to each day and ensured that you slept anxiety-free. This book has definitely been a major contribution in my journey of living life remaining positive, present and happy.


A practical, easy to follow self-help book from Irish author Fiona Brennan. Would recommend.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Quotes from The Positive Habit

“Catastrophising is crippling, it burns a hole deep in your sense of self and it causes continuous self-doubht”

“Without love our hearts harden to the point that we become like the living dead”

“Feeling calm is the ultimate expression of empowerment”

“Never be afraid to hope. Let love guide you not fear”

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