Things That Matter: Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life

by Joshua Becker

Hardcover, 2022



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WaterBrook (2022), 256 pages


Discover practical steps you can take today to live a life focused on things that matter, from the bestselling author of The More of Less and The Minimalist Home. "Things That Matter points the way to free ourselves from the distractions of everyday life so that we can build the lives we seek to create."--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project Do you want to live a meaningful life--with very few regrets--and make a positive difference in the world? But is culture distracting you from doing so? Perhaps moments, days, and years go by without you stopping to ask yourself, Am I living out my true purpose? Even if that question whispers to you, are you brushing it aside because you don't know what to change in life's busyness?   In Things That Matter, Joshua Becker helps you identify the obstacles--such as fear, technology, money, possessions, and the opinions of others--that keep you from living with intention, and then he provides practical ideas for letting go of those distractions today so you can focus on what matters most. He uses practical exercises and questions, insights from a nationwide survey, and success stories to give you the motivation you need to     * identify the pursuits that matter most to you   * align your dreams with your daily priorities   * recognize how money and possessions keep you from happiness   * become aware of how others' opinions of you influence your choices   * embrace what you're truly passionate about instead of planning that next escape   * figure out what to do with all those emails, notifications, and pings   * let go of past mistakes and debilitating habits   Things That Matter is a book about living well. It's about overcoming the chatter of a world focused on all the wrong things. It's about rethinking the common assumptions of today to find satisfaction and fulfillment tomorrow.   How do we get to the end of our lives with minimal regrets? We set aside lesser pursuits to seek lasting meaning. And we discover the joy of doing it every day.… (more)

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LibraryThing member brianinbuffalo
One benchmark I use for evaluating the quality of non-fiction works involves how many insights/observations I logged on my trusty digital notepad. Becker’s book spurred me to jot down nearly 30 nuggets – a sum that skews higher than my average. I had not given much thought to the concept of
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“minimalism” before (I hadn’t read Becker’s earlier work). I found many of his ideas intriguing and even enlightening. I certainly understand why some reviewers were turned off by some of his notions (page 236, for example, contains this proclamation: “Don’t retire until you need to.”) While I don’t agree with some of the author’s contentions, I do relate to the book’s basic premise. Our lives are flooded with distractions – both obvious and not-so-obvious – and conquering these distractions can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. As a longtime journalist and communications professor, I was especially interested in Becker’s exploration of digital distractions, media consumption habits, “digital detox” and “tech-free zones.” I expect to touch on some of the author’s ideas in future media literacy classes. Overall, “Things That Matter” is an informational and highly readable book that lives up to its self-help label.
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256 p.; 8.25 inches


0593193970 / 9780593193976
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