I was cleaning out my closet and I found a book that I thought was worth sharing. I first read The Present when Iwas in the midst of one of the many corporate mergers that I have been through. Spencer Johnson, the author of The Present, is also the author of another must-have business read: Who Moved My Cheese? The Present is an engaging quick read. The narative story telling style pulls you in, keeping you entertained as you continue.
As you have figured out by now, the fable told in The Present starts with a concept of “Being” in the present. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. The concept has been ingrained in all of us since we were children, starting with our progression from elementary school through college. Students have to pass first grade to continue on to second grade. Later in life, the concept is reinforced by pay increases, bonuses, and new job opportunities typically go to those who are performing right now. There are exceptions, of course. Occasionally, you may see someone paid for their potential only to not produce. The most notable ones that come to mind are CEOs and professional athletes. Ignoring those examples, focusing on what the tasks at hand is critical to any one that want to be happy. My favorite quote out of the book is “When You Focus On What Is Right In The Present Moment, It Makes You Happier, Today.”
While the title implies that you should focus on The Present, the topics of the past and future are covered as well. I won’t spoil the book for you. I do think this is a must read.
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