Video Review – The Power of Less

Here’s a quick review of Leo Babuta’s The Power of Less. If you want to skip the video, I say this is a must-buy book. It’s going to help me replan 2009 once I get bogged down. Simply, it’s a book to help you rethink how you plan things, rethink how you set goals, and rethink how you achieve success. I think it’s a keeper.

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  • http://www.fjgaylor.blogspot.com Joe Gaylor

    Thanks for the review Chris.. Very impressed that you are already practicing what Leo preaches.. Didn’t skip a beat when you had an email coming in while talking.. Very Nice!! :)

  • http://www.fjgaylor.blogspot.com Joe Gaylor

    Thanks for the review Chris.. Very impressed that you are already practicing what Leo preaches.. Didn’t skip a beat when you had an email coming in while talking.. Very Nice!! :)

  • http://www.patrickokeefe.com iFroggy

    I’m reading it now, actually. Need to set some time aside to finish it. :)

  • http://www.patrickokeefe.com Patrick

    I’m reading it now, actually. Need to set some time aside to finish it. :)

  • Blaire

    Hi Chris,

    At the end of your video you say “That’s just my opinion. If you wanna make your own video, make your own review.”

    You would never hear that line from Roger Ebert or Oprah Winfrey. Just some constructive criticism – two posts earlier you suggested one should be themselves and be confident and not apologize for being yourself. However sometimes in your videos I sense you are almost apologize or compensating. I think your content and your opinions are very interesting and would advise you to look at your videos again because you might find you also apologize (even if only implicitly) about your opinion sometimes.

    best
    -b.

  • Blaire

    Hi Chris,

    At the end of your video you say “That’s just my opinion. If you wanna make your own video, make your own review.”

    You would never hear that line from Roger Ebert or Oprah Winfrey. Just some constructive criticism – two posts earlier you suggested one should be themselves and be confident and not apologize for being yourself. However sometimes in your videos I sense you are almost apologize or compensating. I think your content and your opinions are very interesting and would advise you to look at your videos again because you might find you also apologize (even if only implicitly) about your opinion sometimes.

    best
    -b.

  • http://kevincullis.wordpress.com/ Kevin Cullis

    You know, while achieving my BA in History I took an American History class and have remembered a fact that makes sense. Most American Indians worked about two hours a day taking care of their everyday needs. It also reminds me of the comment about the American Indian that stated “I gather just enough wood to have the fire keep me warm, the White settler gathers lots of wood and keeps warm by gathering lots of wood.” Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://kevincullis.wordpress.com/ Kevin Cullis

    You know, while achieving my BA in History I took an American History class and have remembered a fact that makes sense. Most American Indians worked about two hours a day taking care of their everyday needs. It also reminds me of the comment about the American Indian that stated “I gather just enough wood to have the fire keep me warm, the White settler gathers lots of wood and keeps warm by gathering lots of wood.” Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://www.TGTmoney.com Mike B.

    Ah, I see the lag you spoke of on twitter. At least the video made it up so just count our blessings haha.

  • http://www.TGTmoney.com Mike B.

    Ah, I see the lag you spoke of on twitter. At least the video made it up so just count our blessings haha.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    @Blair – orrrrrrrrrrrr, I’m hoping you make a video. : )

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    @Blair – orrrrrrrrrrrr, I’m hoping you make a video. : )

  • http://www.karmacooler.com Rebeca Trautner

    your review was total affirmation of what i suspected about this book. in my oh-so-humble opinion, zen habits is a must-read blog, so you really just sealed the deal for me. i hold both leo and you in very high regard so thanks for the vid, this evening is painted with all sorts of awesome.

  • http://www.karmacooler.com Rebeca Trautner

    your review was total affirmation of what i suspected about this book. in my oh-so-humble opinion, zen habits is a must-read blog, so you really just sealed the deal for me. i hold both leo and you in very high regard so thanks for the vid, this evening is painted with all sorts of awesome.

  • http://www.treske.com Trish

    I couldn’t agree more. Chris when will you apply the power of less with Twitter?
    Too many tweets means info overload. Just be quietly relevant. I am about to remove those who say little in ten- minute increments.

  • http://www.treske.com Trish

    I couldn’t agree more. Chris when will you apply the power of less with Twitter?
    Too many tweets means info overload. Just be quietly relevant. I am about to remove those who say little in ten- minute increments.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    @Trish – it’s hard to please everyone, so if you’re saying you’re looking to remove me, have a blast. I follow 33,000 people and try to respond when they ask questions, and to what they’re interested in. It’s used differently by different folks. I can recommend another 30 people who you might prefer to me.

  • http://chrisbrogan.com chrisbrogan

    @Trish – it’s hard to please everyone, so if you’re saying you’re looking to remove me, have a blast. I follow 33,000 people and try to respond when they ask questions, and to what they’re interested in. It’s used differently by different folks. I can recommend another 30 people who you might prefer to me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pljcbsn pauljacobson

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for the review. I am just about to get it from Audible to listen to on my iPod when I finish Outliers!

  • http://webtechlaw.com Paul Jacobson

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for the review. I am just about to get it from Audible to listen to on my iPod when I finish Outliers!

  • http://www.dentalholiday.co.uk Daniel

    I too bought the book, and found it exactly as it’s supposed to be: simple, practical and applicable. Yes you can get all this on the zenhabits.net blog, but I love having a book to read and refer back to when sitting in the jazz club having tea ;-)

  • http://www.dentalholiday.co.uk Daniel

    I too bought the book, and found it exactly as it’s supposed to be: simple, practical and applicable. Yes you can get all this on the zenhabits.net blog, but I love having a book to read and refer back to when sitting in the jazz club having tea ;-)

  • http://www.loisgellermarketinggroup.com Lois Geller

    Hi Chris,
    Just hearing the words “power of less” makes me feel more relaxed and energized. I’ve got speeches, and agency business, and cell phone and Palm, all ringing away in my ears and in my head.
    I like the idea of less. I cleaned my closet this week, and it is easier to find things, and focus with less. I’ll pick up the book, and when I put it on my shelf, I’ll throw one away.
    Thank you. Lois Geller

  • http://www.loisgellermarketinggroup.com Lois Geller

    Hi Chris,
    Just hearing the words “power of less” makes me feel more relaxed and energized. I’ve got speeches, and agency business, and cell phone and Palm, all ringing away in my ears and in my head.
    I like the idea of less. I cleaned my closet this week, and it is easier to find things, and focus with less. I’ll pick up the book, and when I put it on my shelf, I’ll throw one away.
    Thank you. Lois Geller

  • http://www.smartsandculture.com Maryann Devine

    Umm… that actually sounds a *lot* like GTD — focusing on one thing at a time … I guess I’ll have to take a look at the book to see the difference.

  • http://www.smartsandculture.com Maryann Devine

    Umm… that actually sounds a *lot* like GTD — focusing on one thing at a time … I guess I’ll have to take a look at the book to see the difference.

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  • http://www.GaryMcElwain.com Gary McElwain

    Chris

    Leo’s book was recommened to me a couple of weeks ago. So I linked to his blog to find out more. And now I see and hear more on the book. I believe I need to pick up a copy for myself.

    Thanks for the review

    Gary McElwain

  • http://www.GaryMcElwain.com Gary McElwain

    Chris

    Leo’s book was recommened to me a couple of weeks ago. So I linked to his blog to find out more. And now I see and hear more on the book. I believe I need to pick up a copy for myself.

    Thanks for the review

    Gary McElwain

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  • mariatamis99

    Excellent read for anyone looking to get rid of all the non-essentials that overwhelm their life. The author has tested these ideas on his own life, and has found great success. I'm a reader of Leo's blog and i'm just proud of him.

    The secrets are simple, but they have an extraordinary impact on one's life. Look at Leo's! Just think if educators taught these principles in grammar and high school?

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  • Dr. Bob Clarke

    Thanks, Chris, just picked up the book and look forward to reading it.  Lord knows I could use a simpler approach! :-)

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  • Mahi Tuna

    Having a simple stress free life can hardly be argued. Living within ones means is a sound thought process. One thing, although it would probably never happen is if adopted a minimalist lifestyle what would follow would be ugly. Unemployment would go through the roof, if say the nation cut it’s spending by 50% just imagine the unemployment numbers. Corporations would miss numbers – stock market dives, your 401k, etc. poof. It’s hard to say but this nation was built on consumption. Would the economy adjust to this change, probably but it would take a long time. Not to worry, people will keep on spending and going into debt, it’s been the American way since the end of WW2