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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Not Your Average Cup of Joe asks the question, what is average? Joseph Braithwaite investigates how, if we are all born equal, what makes one person confident and successful whilst others are cloaked in self-doubt. Within each chapter, we discover the reasons and answers to these questions. His insights are thought provoking and reveal that certain comments in childhood can affect your outlook on life from thereon. Peers and teachers both have their part to play. However, this is not just another motivational self help book. Braithwaite gives you concrete strategies to put into action. At the end of this well written guide, you will have an excellent grasp of your own self awareness and the urge and tools to improve your life.
What can you learn from reading Not Your Average Cup of Joe? Very much is the answer. Joseph Braithwaite discusses at length the roots of self-doubt, using Maslow’s Hierarchy in one chapter and showing how, sadly, some people are willing to accept the life they are given and not challenge it in any way. It is filled with motivational quotes which spur readers on to make changes in their lives, my favourite being: ‘Nobody has changed their lives by doing nothing.’ Braithwaite also challenges perceptions of luck, success and internal fears. He doesn't just advise people to challenge old beliefs and negative thought patterns; he demands that it is vital. My belief is that after reading this book and putting into effect the strategies within its pages, everyone can reach self-actualisation. A well-researched and excellent book.