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More than just morning routines

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Reviewed: 02-01-20

I picked this book based on the tagline about "improving your morning routine", but the impact of reading Routine Machine so far has gone well beyond simply optimising my morning routine.

I love the way that the author keeps saying that THE routine doesn't matter - there's a very funny section where he describes what happened when he tried joining the 5am club - as someone who is definitely NOT a morning person, I really resonated with this.

There are several points throughout the book where John reiterates that he doesn't want us to copy his routines - becoming a Routine Machine is about finding your own path, choosing your own adventure, and creating the habits and routines that best serve you.

Not much that's new

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-19

If you've read any of Dave Aspreys previous books, then you've heard 95% of this before - it's a rehash of his prior work.

I had high hopes for an innovative new book, what I got felt like a "best of" compilation.

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5 minutes of content. 7 hours of waffle.

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Reviewed: 20-01-19

The basic premise of this book could be imparted in a 5 minute YouTube video, or a 300 word blog post.

somehow (mainly through copying and pasting 150 Facebook posts from her fans), Mel Robbins turns this into a 7 hour+ bore-fest.

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A personal development book for NORMAL people!

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Reviewed: 19-06-18

At last - a personal development book, written in plain English, for normal people.

No jargon, no silly acronyms, no theory. All real-life stories from a real person, who has lived through the successes (and mistakes) talked about in the book. Someone who, in his own words "the '...for Dummies' books were written for" - he doesn't claim to have super powers, magic beans, or a silver bullet for your business.

What he does have is 6 hours worth of "big ideas" - lots of little nuggets that you can take away and deploy in your small business - all designed to get you more customers, keep more customers, make more money, and (ultimately) give you more free time to enjoy your ultimate lifestyle.

John is a big fan of "lifestyle businesses", running his own empire in 20 to 25 hours per week whilst raising his two young children. But it wasn't always that way - and there's some interesting tales about the effects of his former "hustle hustle hustle" work ethic on his health, relationships, and bank balance in the book.

John isn't your typical "guru", and this isn't your typical personal development book.

It's a down to earth book, written by a normal bloke who happened to make a few million quid from his spare bedroom, and who wants to tell you (in plain English, without any smoke and mirrors) how he did it.

How a normal bloke turned 37p into £100m+

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I've listened to this book three times now - and always pick something different up. The key takeaway for me is that Neville is a normal bloke like you or me. He possesses no super powers, and has not used any magical silver bullets to become successful. He wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and has amassed a huge fortune, despite being dyslexic and suffering from ADHD.

What he has done, you and I can do too. And Neville tells you how he did it, in plain English.

The content is top notch. I wasn't keen on the narrator though (would have much preferred Neville himself to narrate it!), as I felt that some of the passion for the topic was lost by not having the author read his own story.