Ingredients for Success: 10 Best Practices for Business and Life by Joseph James Slawek

Slawek uses the parable of the workers in Matthew 25 to demonstrate how to strive for excellence in business and life.  He shares ten different practices, all based on the Matthew 25 parable.  These include:  Tell the Truth, Be Ready for the Accounting, Aim for Excellence, not Perfection, and Express Gratitude, among other things.  In each chapter he shares personal stories of his experiences with each of his ten guidelines so readers can see what the steps look like in real-life practice.

I thought this was a nice book.  I am a teacher, not a business person, so I was more interested in the life aspect of this book.  However, I felt that Slawek did a good job describing his practices for all levels of employment, not just CEOs or management types.  The chapter I got the most out of was the one that talked about striving for excellence, not perfection.  As a perfectionist, it is sometimes difficult to settle for something less than perfect, but Slawek explained how perfection is difficult to attain (actually near impossible), and even more difficult to replicate.  However, excellence is attainable and can be replicated.  Furthermore, the only other options are failure and mediocrity.  Mediocrity will result in redistribution, either with your job being redistributed to someone else who strives for excellence or with your customer being redistributed to a different company that strives for excellence.  These are lessons applicable to any worker in any industry!

I also thought the chapter on being ready for the accounting was very interesting and applicable across many industries and in our personal life.  For everything we do or don’t do, there is a cost and we will experience a reckoning.  I thought the examples Slawek shared in that chapter were very interesting.

Overall, I thought this book was good, even though I am probably not the target audience.  I enjoyed the book because I am always looking for self-improvement.  If you share that characteristic, you will probably enjoy this book.  However, if you are a manager, employer, CEO, or entrepreneur, this book would probably be even more beneficial to you.  I think there are lessons in the book for everyone, but I think those groups would be able to apply more of the book to their daily lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Handlebar’s Publishing, Kickstand Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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Ingredients for Success: 10 Best Practices for Business and Life

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