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Book Review: The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander

This is a feel good, motivational book but also with substantive advice, illustrative examples, and actionable tips.  I am keeping The Art of Possibility in the front of my reference shelf.  I may be biased as a former classical musician because the Zanders are artists (Benjamin conducts the Boston Philharmonic) so the creative and music stories really resonate with me.  But I think their easygoing and fun storytelling will hook anyone.

With 12 memorable frameworks to help the reader embrace Possibility as way of approaching life, The Art of Possibility is practical as well as motivational.  There are many gems:  Rule Number 6 for not taking yourself too seriously; Giving Way to Passion memorably encapsulated in Benjamin Zander’s story of the one-buttocked pianist (you have to read the anecdote to get the full flavor); and Being the Board about taking responsibility are just a few of my favorites.  I love the index of anecdotes at the end of the book so you know exactly where to find the one-buttocked pianist (page 118 in my edition) and all of your favorites. 

This is a must read.  I read a lot of business, self-help, non-fiction books and this is at the top of the list.  In this down market where anxiety and doom and gloom rule, this is an even more important and transformational read now.


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