Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Review: Activate Your Brain by Scott G. Halford

ISBN: 1626341974
Published: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Read from April 16th to May 5th, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Push your brain to full power, for success at the office and at home
Would you like more control over your life and your work?
Would you like greater stamina as you carry out your daily tasks?
How about more significance and meaning as you move forward in your career?
Scott Halford shows us how we can all find these things if we simply understand how to activate the full potential of the brain. This incredible organ is still full of mystery, but we know enough to harness its power better than ever before. We just have to recognize how the brain works, and understand the actions we can take to help it perform at its best.
Combining research, anecdote, and inspiration, Activate Your Brain shows you how small steps toward better brain function and management can eventually lead to success on a whole new level. Each chapter offers “Activations”—exercises that help optimize your brain function to . . .
•    increase your focus,
•    build self-confidence and willpower,
•    manage distractions,
•    reduce negative stress,
•    collaborate effectively with others,
•    and much more.
In the end, Activate Your Brain is an indispensable collection of practical things you need to know about your wonderful brain—which, when fully harnessed, can give you more of the fulfilled life you seek. 


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've become very interested in the brain recently, and that was what drew me towards this book. It is written for people who work in business, which I clearly don't, but I still think I got something out of it. A lot of the advice is useful to pretty much anyone even if it may have to be adapted in some ways.

What surprised me was how much of it I was already doing. I contribute that at least partially to already having taken a neuroscience class. That same class meant that I knew a good portion of the material in this book already, but that honestly didn't bother me. I think this type of information is great and stuff that everyone should know. It was also nice to have the activations that gave you something to immediately do with the information you are given. You don't have to figure out how you're supposed to implement the information for yourself.

I would highly recommend this book to business people. I might actually recommend it to others as well because this really is information that can benefit everyone in some way. I really enjoyed this book, and I thought it did a great job of outlining practical information and how to use it in your own life.

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