August 16, 2022

The Easiest Reward by Stefanos Xenakis | Guide evaluation

“What if presents aren’t in a fairly field tied up with a ribbon? What if some presents include thorns?”. 

The Easiest Reward is a set of quick tales by entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Stefanos Xenakis, and the title of this e-book is fairly correct: it’s a easy learn, which can remind its viewers of one thing they’ve skilled many instances earlier than.

The e-book consists of quick biographical tales with an instructive ethical. These are the creator’s observations of individuals, epiphanies that got here throughout his time with household, or random acts of kindness with strangers. On the finish of every episode is a conclusion, summarised in phrases that everybody with entry to a library or the Web already is aware of by coronary heart. For instance, the story of a seemingly conceited lady Girl Muck, who behaved politely and courteously to an aged man, ends with the instruction, “Don’t decide”; likewise the story of how the creator purchased a bottle of water for his neighbours on a ferry states: “It  typically takes so little to make somebody glad”.

These texts and insights are one thing that many see of their Fb feeds. Nevertheless, the current launch of the Squid Recreation sequence clearly illustrates that typically outdated ideas wrapped in new packaging can discover a fantastic response from fashionable audiences. It’s price noting that a few of Xenakis’s concepts may actually be the very phrases that folks want to listen to proper now – for instance, ideas about treasured days wasted on TV or the Web make one instantly pocket the smartphone and get right down to enterprise: “Earlier than you recognize it, the years go by. After which, you check out your self within the mirror and also you kick your self since you let all that point move.”

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Among the many quotes of Confucius and the retelling of well-known parables, truths are hidden, the repetition of which is not going to be superfluous for any of us. In a slightly direct means the creator teaches his readers to take pleasure in life, seeing the wonder in small issues and never spending their days in useless, and imagine in themselves and their desires: “You may’t prepare dinner an egg in lukewarm water; it needs to be boiling. And your coronary heart has to boil about your dream on daily basis. “

Elizaveta Kolesova

The Easiest Reward is revealed by Harper Collins on the hardback worth of £14.99, and is out there within the UK on 14th October 2021.