About the Book : Are you happy? Really?
Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Toward Finding Authentic Joy
By Doug Kisgen
Have you experienced business success and wondered if there is something more?
Have you figured out how to be successful at home as well as in business?
Do you struggle with finding time to think?
Have you learned how to make sense of setbacks and “bad things happening to good people”?
Cleve has it all. Or so he thinks. Until an apparent chance encounter with an old man named Camino causes him to realize that what he believes is happiness is merely a shadow of the joy he could experience.
Yes, having money and cool cars and freedom is fun, but happiness is not a result of accumulating stuff. Told in a compelling parable format, “Rethink Happy” challenges readers to redefine authentic joy. Join Cleve as Camino leads him on a journey through three key principles of old-school philosophy and new-school science toward understanding the secrets of living authentic joy.
Doug Kisgen hit rock bottom in the early 2000s when the business he was trying to grow took on so much debt that he and his family could barely make ends meet. It was then Doug realised that success and happiness has less to do with him and his ego and more to do with something much more profound. Since then, Doug has built and sold an INC5000 Fastest Growing Company and built a consulting business with clients in fifteen states across the US. “Rethink Happy” is Doug’s latest entrepreneurial venture, and the concepts he teaches through a parable format combine old-school philosophy with a little new-school science to help readers learn how to achieve authentic joy.
About the Author : Doug Kisgen is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, consultant and personality expert. He has extensive experience in senior care, performing arts and working with at-risk teenagers and entrepreneurs, which he’s found to be very much alike! He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Servant Leadership Certificate from Gonzaga Graduate School, is a certified catechist and a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program hosted by MIT. He has also participated in formal spiritual direction and doctrinal formation since 2008.
Those are the credentials behind what Doug does, but his real drive comes from his desire to help others operate at the highest level possible, both in their personal and professional lives. His uncanny talent and experience have allowed him to assist many different people from various walks of life in the area of finding true happiness. This book combines his experiences with the practical application of the essential principles he’s learned along the way. Doug and his wife of twenty-plus years have five children and live in the hill country of South Texas.
My Say : Being a die-hard fan of self improvement and motivational books; I totally loved reading this book. An inspiring journey of self-discovery and when the character manages to learn some powerful lessons along the way, it becomes more interesting. This book felt like a perfect blend of interesting content and twists on what we rarely expect out of entrepreneurial books. It was more of an idea driven rather than a character driven read up.
Cleve goes on such a journey and we get to go right along with him in this book as he finds true happiness. I loved the fact that it was told as a story with Cleve rather than just the way of ‘author throwing self-help quotes’ at us because it managed to lend a lot of style and credibility to what was being presented.
Cleve was an interesting character, little mild but that is to be expected from a book like this which breaks genre norms. At the beginning of the book he was quite skeptical about the things he wanted to do in his life but as things progress, he gradually discovers what he is trying to deal with.
Content was fresh and easy to understand. It was presented in such a way that there will be something in this book for everyone. I found the ideas presented in this book quite interesting just like the character.
I would like to give 4 out of 5 stars to this book and would love to read more from this author in the future!
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