The Heath brothers have done it again: find what works, then reduce it to the essential principles we can then apply to new situations and achieve results. In The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath give us the tools to actually create defining moments — meaningful, memorable experiences — and not just leave them to chance.
My first encounter with the Heath brother’s work is a little fuzzy in my memory, but I saw one of their books and recognized one of the authors had the same name as a fellow student from my university days. Closer inspection showed that yes, that student I was slightly acquainted with was indeed a New York Times bestselling author. Well, of course I had to read it (Switch). Although the Heath brothers write mostly to a business audience, and my only business is that of running my family smoothly, I always have memorable takeaways from their books. In Switch I learned to look for bright spots and apply what works to the not-so-bright areas, and in Decisive to look for possible ways to “ooch” those hard decisions. Now, in The Power of Moments, a book about “defining moments” and how to shape them, we have ideas that can be easily applied to either business or everyday life.
The Heath brothers take a close look at defining moments and what they have in common, and reduce them to elements that we can make use of to create those moments ourselves: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. They provide plenty of fascinating real life examples and stories that inspire us to get out there and make some positive moments in our lives. Negative moments are also explored, and the growth that can come from them. The book is straightforward, interesting, and inspiring.
Releases October 3, 2017.
When I heard this book was being released, I asked for and received an advanced reader copy. This post does NOT contain affiliate links; I just like the book and am recommending it.