Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: 'Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence' by Andy Molinsky

Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence
By Andy Molinsky

Review by Rebecca Johnson

"Reach" is a beautifully constructed book that is a pleasure to read. Andy Molinsky teaches that you can experience magic when you go beyond your comfort zone. At first glance this seems like a book for introverts but also may be of interest to ambiverts who are occasionally shy or tentative about new experiences.

Do you hate conflict? How are you about adapting to change? Do you dislike jumping into the unknown? The information in this book helps you identify the issue you are dealing with and presents information to boost your confidence so you can live a life you will love.

I found the writing style of this author very captivating. He is passionate about his topic. By reading this book you will learn how to lessen anxiety and increase competency. The real-life examples make for some exciting stories.

Now I have to say that the information on mixing prescription drugs with alcohol for anxiety is a bad idea. The author is saying what one person had to do to get on stage but frankly I've always seen "don't drink alcohol with this prescription" on medications I've taken. So please consult with your doctor and use extreme caution when reading that part of the book.

And one thing the author never says is that people should figure out what they are good at and go do that. Some people are not meant to speak to large audiences or run a company. I'm personally a person who has the gift of helps not leadership. Still in any life you may have to go beyond your comfort zone to get what you want. But on the other hand you may need to set strong boundaries for your own sanity.

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