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While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember 20 years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?
This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience as well as the last moment and forget the rest. Why "we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they're not". And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.
Listeners discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and, 45 minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world's youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?)
Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck - but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.
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By A. Yoshida on 12-15-17
Easy to create your own defining moments
Be prepared to take notes as the book spark ideas for creating your own defining moments. There is story after story about simple situations transformed into memorable experiences with some thought and effort. For example, the first day at work for new employees is usually uneventful. New employees are taken to a desk, equipped with some of the tools they need but probably not all. They are handed a stack of policies and procedures to read and left on their own for the rest of the day. This is an easy opportunity to make a great impression on new employees - assign work buddies, hang a welcome sign on their cubicle, and ask staff members to introduce themselves as they pass the cubicle. Instead of what could have been a defining moment turns out to be a scary first day. A downside of this book, similar to other books written by the Heath brothers, is there doesn't seem to be enough material for a book. The beginning chapters came off strong and insightful. Towards the end, the focus was lost and some of the stories were remotely related to the topic.
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By Robert Wagner on 12-14-17
I got this book up on a friend’s recommendation but I was not moved by the title. There seemed to be other things that I wanted to get to first. When checking in with that friend (he’s a consultant) about an upcoming meeting he mentioned a story in the book, so I began listening. I was hooked. I like the framework and the stories that show the framework in practice. Beyond the work-value of this book, I am excited about putting these ideas into practice for my family - making memories.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful