Not The Worst Book You Could Read

Finding Purpose Through Mindset, Attitude, and Perception

Non-Fiction - Self Help
59 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2020
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Find purpose through humorous stories in the engaging self-help book, Not The Worst Book You Could Read (Finding Purpose Through Mindset, Attitude, and Perception) by Nicholas Laborde. Discovering at a young age that perceptions rule the world, Nick began his deal-making career. From deal-making as a child to finding the joy and benefits of mentorship in high school and college, Nick learned the importance of radical kindness, how to give back to those that come after us, and most of all, not to try to control outcomes. Inspirational and funny, Nick gives it to you straight. We all die, so why not live life with a positive mindset and an outstanding attitude?

A self-help book that according to the author is trying not to be self-help, Not The Worst Book You Could Read (Finding Purpose Through Mindset, Attitude, and Perception) by Nicholas Laborde is a light and amusing read that contains deep wisdom in the form of laugh-out-loud stories and anecdotes. It may seem simple; have a positive mindset, a good attitude, and a flexible perception. Sadly, many people struggle with releasing their past, their pains, and the things that others have done to them. This book guides the reader into a happier mindset, effectively demonstrating a step-by-step approach to changing the mind by changing attitude and perception. Thought-provoking, yet entertaining, I couldn't put this book down to the end. It inspired me, reawakening my entrepreneurial spirit. I recommend it to everyone! Read the book, and sort out your life!

Patricia Reding

Nicholas Laborde is a young video game maker and entrepreneur, and he is the CEO of Raconteur Games. He can now also add “author” to his list of accomplishments, with the publication of Not The Worst Book You Could Read: Finding Purpose Through Mindset, Attitude, and Perception. Laborde opens his work (which is just long enough to meet Amazon’s requirement for having spine text!) with a story of having heard a priest once begin a speech with the phrase, “I’m going to die!” Laborde says he thinks back on that speech regularly. He acknowledges that “death” is something that he, like we all, will experience, but in the meantime, Laborde intends to make the most of his remaining time. (At a full 25 years of age, it seems he’s off to a good start!)

From his earliest childhood days, Laborde had an itch to be an entrepreneur. He tells stories of his dealmaking with his parents, working with his dad’s catering business, and even of learning from his dad’s unusual means of “creating” things (parking spaces) that he wanted/needed out of thin air, only to have those around him believe (perceive) and agree that what he said must be so. I believe many—in particular, the young—will find Laborde’s short and easy “lessons” engaging, entertaining, and even enlightening. They offer simple wisdom for life: expressing gratitude; earning the respect of those on whom the powerful depend; identifying and pursuing potential (and many!) mentors; the importance of relationships over anything else; reaching for new challenges; identifying when it’s time to seek help; acting with radical kindness; pursuing knowledge, and so much more. In many ways, the lessons in Not the Worst Book You Could Read, full of encouragement and simple truths, are realizations that one might come to on their own over time but Laborde sets them out for others to grasp as quickly and thoroughly as possible so that they might put them into practice immediately.

Shannon Winings

Not The Worst Book You Could Read: Finding Purpose Through Mindset, Attitude, and Perception by Nicholas Laborde was, in fact, not the worst book I have read. Honestly, it was up there with some of the better books I’ve read. Nicholas Laborde starts the book with a humorous tale of a priest proclaiming he will die. While it is funny and awkward for those in the congregation, Laborde points out that it is an eventuality for all of us and we shouldn’t misuse the time we have. The author then goes on to share stories with the reader that vary from him being sales-oriented as a young lad to sharing tales from his mentor. Most of these stories are generally humorous but punctuated with positivity and messages to take with you.

I quite enjoyed Not The Worst Book You Could Read. It was witty, engaging, peppered with positivity, and provided useful life lessons. Nicholas Laborde stresses that readers should use their time wisely, meaning readers should pick their battles, make meaningful relationships, have a positive attitude, exude kindness, and let go. I adored these messages and how they were presented in a friendly, non-biased way. I didn’t feel that the author was judging me for any choices I’ve made but was helping me move forward. One of the best parts, however, was at the end where the author provides an addendum of recommended books, which is great for a book-lover like myself, and workbook pages to help readers embrace the messages found within these pages.