Book Review: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone: Eric Klinenberg: 9780143122777: Books. I liked this book. It gave lots of facts and interesting stories. I did feel at times that the approach wasn’t scientific, but it was clear he was trying.

Probably the biggest thing to be gained from this is that you should be aware of the risks of being single. Of course there are risks of being married as well. I find it interesting when in the stories people who had bad experiences allow that fear of loss to stop them from trying again. People are individuals, and what happened to them in the past isn’t a guarantee it will happen again. Hopefully we grow as people and make better choices.

The majority of reviewers rated this book positively, but I also agree with the few who rated it negatively. I can see that his bias of being married affected the way he approached this. I don’t think he had an agenda, but his personal values shined through the work. I am not judging him, but his attempt to be impartial was more imagined than real.

It is great that you acknowledge your bias, but it is better when you find a way to work against it. I like the scientific idea that you try to disprove something. I have found that challenging or disproving beliefs to be incredibly helpful. What seems on the surface to be true, is often not true. Take for example what color the sun is. I just learned recently that the sun isn’t yellow. All of my life I thought it was yellow. Apparently if it were yellow then the clouds would be yellow as well. I didn’t think it through but after reading that scientific explanation it makes sense. The way things appear to be are rarely the way things really are.


Book Review: StrengthsFinder 2.0

StrengthsFinder 2.0: Tom Rath: 9781595620156: Books. Avoid this book. Here are the reasons why.

  1. It comes with a one-time use code, so if you buy it used and someone has done the test then you can’t use it.
  2. I did the tests and the results were vague. The questions themselves were contradictory, so many of them I had to choose the middle response.
  3. They ask a ton of personal information about you in order to sign up for the test. There is no reason for all of that data being needed. It seems more a marketing ploy than anything else.
  4. Other books do this better about career advice like What Color is your Parachute? Read that instead.