February Book Review: Yes, Please and the Power of Habit

Yes Please

7/10

I love Amy Poehler and the way she tells stories is fascinating. The book really lets her personality shine through and she is so motivational in all the right ways. She is real, she is personal, she is vulnerable. However, I was a little saddened by the fact that she refused to write extensively about a very sensitive topic, her divorce. But even then, I can’t blame her — in the instance when she refuses to delve into her divorce, she only becomes more real and relatable by admitting her vulnerability. She, like us, has some secrets to keep.

Her random parables strewn all over the place, while confusing, brought about surprising life lessons and motivation where you least expected it. A hilarious chapter will turn out to be moving. I found her words and her empowerment as a women incredibly uplifting when I needed it.

She gives good sex advice too.

The Power of Habit

7/10

The Power of Habit was a really good read the first two chapters or so as it’s pretty relevant. After a few chapters, the author goes on to tell about habits in the context of history, society, companies, etc. and it becomes more of a parable and less applicable (to me personally). He does do a good job of wrapping things up in the end such that you can apply the concepts of habits to your own life.

I think the lessons he really hammers away at (and the constant “cue -> habit -> reward” illustrations) really stick with you. The points are very simple and incredibly obvious, but you realize after he lays out this digestible format that it’s very possible to change yourself. Although I am struggling to find how I can fit my own problems into this habit loop, I can see how his advice will become really useful in the future. The framework is very useful to have in your back pocket.

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