Review: How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer

Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything

How to Get Sh*t Done by first time author, Erin Falconer, who is the editor in chief and co-owner of Pick the Brain is out of the gate better than Sheryl Sandberg of Lean In fame, in my opinion.

Firstly, the author, Erin Falconer uses coarse language, as she does in the title of her book, How to Get Sh*t Done, published by North Star Way, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  And she uses this type of language without out any remorse. Why is that a big deal to me? She’s real and it reflects how I sometimes to speak (and write). She brings a credibility to what she is writing than say the professional piety of Sheryl Sandberg. Don’t misunderstand me, I get the whole Sheryl Sandberg mantra, but Erin Falconer brings it to the everyday woman whatever age, stage, or job.

How to Get Shit done

Introduction – Who am I?

Although the author and I may not have had a similar up-bringing, we shared similar hopes of conquering our paths to realizing our dreams. Erin Falconer, throughout the book, does a masterful job of relaying her experiences as though they were the reader’s own.

Best Quote and Answer!

Freud once asked, “What do women want?” (The author’s reply)

Good. Fucking. Question.

And that is how Chapter 1 starts. And that is when I knew I had to sit up straight and listen because I have asked that same question of myself a million times. “What do I want?”

It is also the reason why I believe this is a book not only for women but men too. Men, if you want to get in touch with your feminine side and maybe pick up a few tips for yourself too, read this book (and gift it to the women in your life as well).

The Power of POP

The author begins describing her method of carving out a productive life that allows for meaningful happiness and a real sense of satisfaction. She reminds us of the role of women and our innate need to make everyone happy except ourselves. She explains her three tenets of the POP Effect, Personality, Opportunity and Productivity by sharing how these principles became evident in her own life. Readers will see themselves in her experiences.

POP Truths

All her Pop Truths are on target. Here are some that stood out for me personally:

POP Truth: Language shapes us. Start saying NO. Stop saying, I’m sorry. (And one I have always tried my best to do) Release the crippling noose of should.

POP Truth: You Can’t Control Time, Only Priorities.

POP Truth: You’re supposed to enjoy the ride.

One of the most important Pop Truths (for me)

Less is a lot more. The importance of choosing three key goals. And my key goals that I have been trying to reach is peace and happiness in mind, body, and spirit. When I read that POP Truth, I felt this was the book I should have (damn it, there’s that word) written but didn’t. And I am so glad I didn’t even try because Erin wrote it with more clarity, intelligence and wit. She gave me more things to think about and tools to utilize in my own journey to getting shit done. She made me realize while I thought I was getting shit done, I wasn’t even close to it.

“Who you are dictates how you spend your time”

“Nothing’s going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.” ~ Zoe Kazan

Don’t skip over Chapters 1 though 6 to get to Chapter 7: How to Use Your Time Much Better Than You Are Right Now because you will not appreciate its’ content. There is much to pay attention to in chapter 7.

I give the same advice for Chapter 8 with her discussion on mentors and especially cleaning house of toxic people. She not only shares with the reader who we must have or not have in our inner circle but how to attract or dump them. (Don’t just tell me what or who but tell me how…. I like that!)

After you have read the entire book

Go back and bookmark Chapter 9: How to Create Your Own Personalized POP Plan! This chapter summarizes each chapter before it so the reader can go back to highlight, underline, and make notes to creating a personal POP Plan. I appreciate how this chapter is written and its helpful way in giving the the reader  a road map to returning to those important POP Truths.

One last hoot on this book

This book will remain in my personal library. In fact, I will be gifting this book to several people I know. Even though the target audience of this book is women, I believe women of all ages and men will find value in reading it.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Self-Help, Business & Money

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, How to Get Sh*t Done, written by Erin Falconer has earned an enthusiastic 5-Hoot Rating!

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Book Review: The Guise of Another, by Allen Eskens

The Guise of Another is the second novel by Allen Eskens. I am just going to come right out of the gate to announce that I hope this novel is obtained for the action thriller movie. Just make sure that Matt Damon is not chosen to play Detective Alexander Rupert.

The Guise of AnotherIf you read, The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (if you haven’t you should – see my review The Life We Bury), police detective, Max Rupert is the older broker of detective, Alexander Rupert. The story as in the previous novel is set in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Little brother, Alex is trying to salvage his police career on the suspicion of police corruption while seeing the opportunity to rehabilitate his reputation in solving a case of identity theft.

Crime Mystery ripe for a movie thriller

The story is perfect for an action thriller movie with all the elements of a crime mystery involving big business, international intrigue, betrayal, soured marriage, and murder. This novel is a one-sitting read with short chapters that keep you wanting more and more right up to the ending. It is everything a reader wants in a crime mystery – it is chilling, filled with suspense, and loaded with surprises.

Besides Drago Basta a fascinating character, I found the women characters to be almost as villainous as Drago in their own right.

Favorite sentences can turn into favorite movie lines

My favorite sentence in the book is, “It fascinated Drago the way that people could believe the unbelievable. He had entered her home, pointed a gun at her face, tied up in a chair, and now straddled her lap. Yet she had stopped screaming because she believed him when he said he wouldn’t hurt her.”

And another sentence, “People about to die will bargain away the world for one more breath of life. They will lie and cheat and betray their own mothers in order to live.”

Questions begging to be asked

What is the chance of not being killed if she follows his demands?

Would I lie, cheat and betray even my own mother in order to live?

A must-read book!

Allen Eskens second novel, The Guise of Another cements Allen Eskens as one of my new favorite authors. Will his third book, The Heavens May Fall make this a lasting feeling?
The Blogging Owl gives, The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens a definite 5-Hoot Rating.

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Book Review: Safe from the Sea, by Peter Geye

I was between books for about 15 minutes and I was desperately searching for a book in my personal library that I had not yet read. Nothing was appealing to me so off to the local Barnes Noble bookstore, I dashed to quickly find a new author.

When I arrived, I asked the sales associate for their list of new authors. With a dazed look, he said they didn’t have one, but pointed me to a section and one new author he had recently had read exclaiming it was excellent. I quickly reviewed the back cover and put it back as quickly as I had picked it up.

I knew better.

Safe from the SeaWhipping out my trusty iPhone and Googled first time authors, and lo and behold, what popped up? Barnes and Noble’s list of new authors. A few rows over on an endcap was the book from the new author list, Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye.

My attraction to the book.

Anything about the sea captivates my attention since I was a little girl and my love of the Great Lakes. I read the short paragraph about the author of the back cover and discovered a Michigan connection (Peter Geye received is PhD from Western Michigan University) and this was his first novel. I was intrigued by the brief description of the author and the story.

Perfect!  In and out of the bookstore in 15 minutes.

This cannot be a first novel!

The story of a son returning to his home in Minnesota to reconnect with this dying father after years of estrangement since marrying his wife is so beautifully written, I cannot believe this is his first novel.

The author’s ability to see his characters as people we may know in our own lives and to feel the same feelings as these characters is remarkable. If you have never literally been to Minnesota in the bitter cold, you don’t have to now because the author knows how to transport you there in his words.

“Against the dramatic Northern Minnesota lakeshore, a son and his father reconnect thirty-five years after the father has survived the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes boat.”

This story had me thinking of my own difficult family relationships from my relationship with my own father to my in-laws. In doing so, I found myself thrust into this story asking myself the same questions as Noah and his sister, Solveig. I even could relate to Noah’s annoyance with this wife, Natalie in the beginning of the story and then found myself identifying with her by the end of the story. I found myself sobbing as Noah’s father, Olaf finishes telling his story to Noah. Such excellent writing for this to be a first novel.

Five enthusiastic hoots!

I am following author, Peter Geye on Twitter as I anxiously await his second novel. I highly recommend his first novel, Safe from the Sea and The Blogging Owl enthusiastically gives it a 5-Hoot Rating.

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