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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Antonius Tsai’s Solving for Why is a must-read not only for educators and students, but for anyone else who wants to find meaning in education and their overall life’s purpose. With the personal stories of students and friends that the author has interacted with dotting the text, Solving for Why reveals the missing equation that balances out the education process. The focus of the book goes beyond external knowledge to the more ignored internal knowledge of oneself. The importance of one’s gifts and unique talents and their contribution in a community, while having a focus on something greater, provides the framework of the text. Many valuable introspective elements are discussed, such as what the author notes as the “negative bias” and how this perspective affects our perception, as well as how our intrinsic value determines our extrinsic value.
Solving for Why by Antonius Tsai is a deeply profound book that changed my perspective on higher education. It was eye-opening to look into the meaning of my own life not only as an individual, but also in the context of a wider community. Also, the focus on contribution over consumption was another enlightening viewpoint. Solving for Why largely stood out for me because the goal is not to encourage people to simply develop themselves, but also to realize their role in the community around them which ultimately feeds into their purpose. The action steps and word problems were definitely helpful in understanding and putting into practice Tsai’s advice. Solving for Why is an invaluable read for anyone who wants to thrive.