Book Review | The Little Book of Clarity by Jamie Smart

Few books even make it on my borrow list at the library, much less a re-read. This week posed a bit of a conundrum to me – Am I creating or am I day-dreaming of becoming the person I want to be?

This is a common issue for everyone – our existential crisis and it stems from the human condition. Going through the notions of day to day activities are essential for basic survival and social cohesion, however, are you making time to create a better version of yourself? Which areas do you sorely lack in and which are already running on auto-pilot?

I needed a refresher to stay grounded. The best place to start is an instruction manual.

These are the basic thought processes I go through before borrowing a book:

  • Can it fit into my daily commute bag?
  • Is it easy to read and absorb information that I can apply immediately?
  • Do I need to keep tabs on where I stop at or can I skip sections?

What made me give this book a second read was that it was simple, yet detailed. It was not filled with boring testimonials or stories about the author nor his extensive number of clients.

Learning Appeal Checkpoints:

  • Visual learners would love the graphs and columns.
  • Auditory learners would be glad to know that there is a website with videos.
  • Kinesthetic learners would love the little activities involved.
  • Layout was clean yet conducive. Clearly, a lot of thought was placed into publishing this book.

Content structure:

He leads you through the psychological history of thought process of understanding the essential foundations of perception and thought processes. He first sets the rational behind certain habits we have created and why we think in an “outside in” way and how to slowly change to an “inside out” thought process.

However, due to the clear sections of the book and timely shifts per topic, the mind ultimately is stimulated enough to carry on reading without getting too distracted.

The main focus he echoes throughout all the chapters is:

Clarity = Capacity – Contamination

Coming across it in Chapters 1 and 2, I was highly skeptical. “Not this NLP bullshit again”…till I got to chapter 4, “The power of principles”.

The Minimalist mindset is deeply etched in a set of principles per minimalist to live up to. I’ve been struggling with that and that chapter did help in unearthing certain patterns in my life.

An Excerpt from Chapter 4: 

Clarity, resilience and peace of mind are the default setting for people; our true nature. They are our natural state when our minds are clear and free from contaminated thinking. As you continue deepening your understanding of these principles, you’ll start experiencing the “default settings” more of the time. These default settings are the “deep drivers” behind individual and business success.

Deep Drivers (in brief): 

  • Clarity
  • Direction
  • Resilience
  • Creativity
  • Connection
  • Authenticity
  • Intuition
  • Presence

Each deep driver has their set of implications that they drive.

The more deeply you understand the principles behind clarity, the more you get to benefit from the implications it drives.

If you’re curious to know more, check out your local library or search on kindle for an e-book to borrow. It is definitely worth a weekend read.

I’m constantly building a minimalist community in Singapore, join in the fun here where we share experiences, thoughts and challenges we face as we put more deliberate thought to create a meaningful life.






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