February 19, 2003

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects - Stuff Happens

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Stuff Happens (And Then You Fix It!): 9 Reality Rules to Steer Your Life Back in the Right Direction, by John Alston and Lloyd Thaxton, John Wiley and Sons, $19.95 Hardcover, February 2003, ISBN 0471273600, 120 pages
When you have a book with this kind of title you can be assured that youre not dealing with chaos theory as applied to management. However, that does not diminish the value of the book. In fact, if you read it, youll find it is a huge positive. While this book is not targeted at a specific area of business (or even at business at all), I sure found tips that were applicable to my little enterprise.
This is a slim volume that will load you with fun, yet valuable insights into this journey called life. The authors are great storytellers and have designed the book for busy people. Each of the nine chapters that correspond to the 9 Reality Rules has a really concise synopsis of the points in the chapter. I found myself copying them in my notebook to look at later. As I mentioned, the authors are great storytellers, but what moves you forward is how you can relate to each story and each point the authors are making.
The book is chock full of semi-cutesy catch phrasesbut they work: Working hard at what doesnt work, doesnt work. To win, you have to begin. My favorite: Some get it, some dont. Some will, some wont. Those that do, do. Those that dont, dont.
This review isnt long because the book isnt long, but it sure has value. If you need something to start you up besides your double vanilla latte, here it is.