THINK STRAIGHT
I know something about you without knowing you. I bet you spend A LOT of time in your head. You know, thinking, worrying, stressing, freaking out — call it whatever you want. I call it a preoccupied mind. And with what? 99% of your thoughts are useless. William James, once the leading psychologist in America, and one of the founders of the philosophical school of pragmatism, put it best: “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” Pragmatism believes that the mind is a tool. Your mind should work for you, not against you. People who don’t master their mind, don’t believe it’s possible. They say: “I can’t help but thinking these things.” Well, you can TAKE CONTROL of your mind with enough practice. I’ve done it. And in THINK STRAIGHT, I share exactly how. It’s a quick read and you can use it to immediately to improve your thinking. You have the ability to decide what you think. Or, you can choose NOT to think. And that is one of the most important and most practical things you can learn in life. Before I learned that skill, I would spend hours and hours inside my head. Just think about how much you think. “I wonder what my boss thinks?” “What happens if I screw up and lose my job?” “What if my business never takes off?” “Does she love me?” “Why does my life suck?” "What if I get cancer?” “I can’t finish anything. What’s wrong with me?” And the list goes on. THINK STRAIGHT reveals the recipe for taking control of your mind so you can improve your life, career, relationships, business. I wrote this little book in a way that you can read it more than once. And I hope that this book serves as an anchor to you—especially during trying times. The mind is the most powerful tool on earth. Change the way you think. And you’ll change your life.

THINK STRAIGHT Details

TitleTHINK STRAIGHT
Author
ReleaseNov 20th, 2017
PublisherDarius Foroux
Rating
GenreSelf Help, Nonfiction, Psychology, Philosophy, Productivity, Personal Development, Business, Spirituality

THINK STRAIGHT Review

  • Carielyn Mills
    January 1, 1970
    this would make a great blog post or podcast, but not all bloggers and podcasters have enough material for writing actual books. there isn't enough new information here to make it worth it. it sounds more like stray notes for a book that were shuffled together and printed. it's only 80 pages with a lot of blank space after every 'chapter'. they're more like vignettes, since they're only a couple of pages each. it doesn't go into detail about anything, just seems to ramble on and then stop and he this would make a great blog post or podcast, but not all bloggers and podcasters have enough material for writing actual books. there isn't enough new information here to make it worth it. it sounds more like stray notes for a book that were shuffled together and printed. it's only 80 pages with a lot of blank space after every 'chapter'. they're more like vignettes, since they're only a couple of pages each. it doesn't go into detail about anything, just seems to ramble on and then stop and head into a completely different topic. a lot of it is just autobiographical anecdotes or assumptions, like: after reading a lot of books, you have a "mental breakdown" and that's what makes you give up. he may have been talking about burn-out. it's confusing and lacks explanation for weird-ass theories. for example, and i'm paraphrasing page 59 here: "you don't need meditation, just let go of everything and go inside your mind and relax. if you don't know how, practice." - i'm pretty sure that's the definition of meditation. besides, a few pages later... there's a chapter explaining how to meditate XD i'm serious p. 79there are a LOT of one-liner quotations and they are all formatted: "like so and so famously said:" or "as so and so put it:" and then their quote (which we've all heard a thousand times).there's also weird grammar every now and then, like:"i'll prove them!""let loose of your thoughts""use it or leave it""the devil is in the detail""don't play favors""you'll never going to use (...)"i find it hard to take seriously any book that keeps telling me to google something or has a link mid-sentence to someone's website. other pearls:a pros and cons list of being in a relationship. each list has only 1 item on it.a half-page long graphic explaining how to 'think outside the box'"avoid making decisions based on beliefs, obvious logic, and even science" p. 40and by the way, 'Predictably Irrational' was Dan Ariely's book, not 'predictable irrationality' :P can't even get the title of a famous book spelled properly, seriously.like NBC's 'A.P. Bio' famously said: "Start shutting up now."
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  • Payal Niharika
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book because I was looking for an instant motivation. A ready-to-lift-your-mood sorts. The brief was compelling and I headed right into it. Turns out that this book is more like a self-help refresher-it has points picked up from the best of the motivational reads and compiled all together, in short chapters that you can literally breeze through in an hour's time. The author sets out on a quest to compel you why controlling your thoughts is important, and does that rightly so. Th I picked up this book because I was looking for an instant motivation. A ready-to-lift-your-mood sorts. The brief was compelling and I headed right into it. Turns out that this book is more like a self-help refresher-it has points picked up from the best of the motivational reads and compiled all together, in short chapters that you can literally breeze through in an hour's time. The author sets out on a quest to compel you why controlling your thoughts is important, and does that rightly so. The book hardly has any novel idea, and the good part is the author is pretty clear about that from the start. The other good thing about it is that it is precise, and does not harp on the concepts that have been repeatedly talked about across the self help world.So if you are looking for a ready to motivate sort of book that gives you instant results, this is the book you should pick. Just keep your hot water (mind) ready (open). :)
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  • Oviya Balan
    January 1, 1970
    I usually don't pick these Gyaan books for some obvious reasons. This books was surprisingly great and I am glad I read it. Its medium length, practical, direct and honest. Read it when you really are controlled by your thoughts. This was such an experience to me.
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  • Devika
    January 1, 1970
    This is a blog version of Pragmatism, the thought movement (hard to call it philosophy because it argues against philosophising) started by William James and Charles Peirce. Centred around the moniker 'true is what works', Foroux elucidates that behavioural scientists tend to give a 'why' for our cognitive biases so he attempts to discuss a 'how' framework to filter our thoughts because it's the thoughts that leads to actions. There is nothing life changing in the insight he offers. It is all ve This is a blog version of Pragmatism, the thought movement (hard to call it philosophy because it argues against philosophising) started by William James and Charles Peirce. Centred around the moniker 'true is what works', Foroux elucidates that behavioural scientists tend to give a 'why' for our cognitive biases so he attempts to discuss a 'how' framework to filter our thoughts because it's the thoughts that leads to actions. There is nothing life changing in the insight he offers. It is all very 'pragmatic', but worth a read as he hammers home the good 'ol wisdom of how to organise your thoughts by shifting your focus from what you cannot control to what you can. It's barely a 2 hour read, making it ideal for those that generally struggle in building a reading habit.
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  • Varun
    January 1, 1970
    Not very impressed with the contentI cherish reading compelling non fiction, especially around psychology and human behavior. And I loved the way this book started. It seemed for a while that author was building upon a theory, But somewhere about middle it started devolving into multitude of loosley connected topics. I'm fine with author expressing his experiences and opinions but what was missing was a common thread tying all of them together. Not a satisfactory read.
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  • Aline Recktenwald
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a nice book. Easy to read, but I don’t think it gets to the point. It’s a bit confusing actually...
  • Narayani Perachi
    January 1, 1970
    Amazingly quick read. No complex theories or practices. Simple and straight.
  • Ankita
    January 1, 1970
    Straightforward and practical, this book doesn't offer any new insights. The author's personal experiences, however, made it a good enough read for me. A one time read!
  • Amit Verma
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many life coach around but few have talent of making things simple enough for any naive reader to get deep points of philosophy...You tend to see new cover and same old concepts presented in a new way, frequently garnished with famous quotes and frequent repetition..Power of this work is its simplicity.No hi fi quotes or jargon or research or big scientists in it.Just sit down one evening with some caffeine, for few useful insights...Book is fast, practical and upto the point and tr There are so many life coach around but few have talent of making things simple enough for any naive reader to get deep points of philosophy...You tend to see new cover and same old concepts presented in a new way, frequently garnished with famous quotes and frequent repetition..Power of this work is its simplicity.No hi fi quotes or jargon or research or big scientists in it.Just sit down one evening with some caffeine, for few useful insights...Book is fast, practical and upto the point and tries to cover many aspects of modern life..But I regret saying it, books lacks originality.As author himself says he has learned things especially about pragmatism and he is sharing them in concise manner..It has ideas from buddhism, kahneman, steve jobs, cognitive bias, robin sharma and many many other self help ideas..It is like putting all wisdoms in a mixture grinder and producing a nice shake as a result..You will find few familiar things amobgst many new and useful information..Overall a decent self help book.Not necessarily original. But can be helpful.
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  • Manpreet Kaur
    January 1, 1970
    I think I read it in one hour and like the author himself says in this book, it needs to be read again.The concept discussed in this book is impressive and I definitely want to dig deeper into it and use it to my advantage.
  • Peeyush
    January 1, 1970
    This book came up as a recommendation on my Kindle and I am regretting my decision to pick it up. It is just a mish-mash. This whole episode confirms to me that AI and ML still have a long way to go before it achieves considerable usefulness.
  • Richa
    January 1, 1970
    If we want to think straight at all times, we must stay grounded, look at facts, listen to other people’s perspectives, and only then draw practical conclusions._______________I picked this book to get my mind straight or let's say to just divert my mind from all the spiralling thoughts in my mind. I won't say this book worked like a magic for me, but it gave me a much- needed push at the moment.Most of the things explained in the book are known to us but we don't know how to go about those thin If we want to think straight at all times, we must stay grounded, look at facts, listen to other people’s perspectives, and only then draw practical conclusions._______________I picked this book to get my mind straight or let's say to just divert my mind from all the spiralling thoughts in my mind. I won't say this book worked like a magic for me, but it gave me a much- needed push at the moment.Most of the things explained in the book are known to us but we don't know how to go about those things so that's where this book comes into the picture. It is like a Ted talk version of a book as it is only 82 pages long so it can be read in an hour or at the max an hour and a half. This book was very practical. There was nothing out of the box, but it is simple to understand and one is able to follow (well it depends on the premise if you are really into it or not). As I don't read self-help books because I know I won't be following it so it doesn't matter. I get to them when I really want to understand a topic or myself.I would say I'm glad I picked it up because it gave me some clarity and I feel lighter than before, not fine per se but doing better (which is totally fine by me). It talks about a lot of philosophical theories and I have read about those so I didn't find it hard to understand the context behind them rather it made me more interested in the book. I liked the fact that the author mentions again and again that nothing is going to work for you in a jiffy, so this book is not going to give you any result just after reading it. So pick it up only if you really want to understand your chain of thoughts or just plausibly need a little push.
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  • Jerome
    January 1, 1970
    I was looking for great pointers to cluster my daily thoughts and grabbed this book as the synopsis looked short & sweet. One can finish this book in one sitting but putting things in practice is gonna take a long time.Though the content was really short, I felt some of them are repetitive and have read the same quotes in various self-help books.Finding out the 'X' factor that would make a difference in your life is the key objective of reading a self-help book but that connection is missing in I was looking for great pointers to cluster my daily thoughts and grabbed this book as the synopsis looked short & sweet. One can finish this book in one sitting but putting things in practice is gonna take a long time.Though the content was really short, I felt some of them are repetitive and have read the same quotes in various self-help books.Finding out the 'X' factor that would make a difference in your life is the key objective of reading a self-help book but that connection is missing in this book however there a quite a lot of useful factors to take away - 3 stars.
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  • Chiranjeeb Jena
    January 1, 1970
    A good study on thinking. This book is a very good study on thinking. It's short and to the point. Here's the quote from the book that I liked."Look back, but don't stare for too long. Life happens now."
  • Anushka
    January 1, 1970
    This and other reviews available at Feminist QuillIf I were to take this book's advice, I wouldn't be writing this review right now. As if it weren't bad enough that I used up so much precious time reading this book, I'm still wasting my thoughts on it. It's a good thing this book is on Kindle Unlimited, because expecting people to pay for may be going a step too far. Not only does it have nothing original to contribute, but it also contradicts itself constantly, and is based largely off of pers This and other reviews available at Feminist QuillIf I were to take this book's advice, I wouldn't be writing this review right now. As if it weren't bad enough that I used up so much precious time reading this book, I'm still wasting my thoughts on it. It's a good thing this book is on Kindle Unlimited, because expecting people to pay for may be going a step too far. Not only does it have nothing original to contribute, but it also contradicts itself constantly, and is based largely off of personal anecdotes and experiences that are then converted into generalizations. Bad. Generalizations. In one instance, the author talks about how he was once in the process of shifting houses when the new landlady backed out at the last moment, sending him into a frenzy. He was going to be homeless! He'd have to live out of his SUV! But then he started "thinking straight" and booked an AirBnB for a week, by which time the landlady had changed her mind again, and rented the place out to him after all. He concludes that "all my stressing, worrying , and thinking" had been "especially useless." As if the problem is erased once it has been solved. It is, he would have you believe, as if it had never existed. Also, what if you didn't have the money for an AirBnB? This point pops up again when he's talking about how 'thinking about money' is impractical and useless... as long as "you have enough money to survive for six months."The people who don't have that much money don't deserve the luxury of "straight thinking." #sorrynotsorry At one point, he says that you should take time to think through even 'quick decisions.' Much later, he says Action >> Thinking. The author also states at one point that he took 15 months to write this book (How??!) and I can only assume that by the time he was writing the end of the book, he'd forgotten the things he'd said in the beginning. We've all been there - sometimes it's annoying and exhausting to have to read what you wrote months ago. So just be 'pragmatic', and don't. Another amazing paragraph is as follows: I'm a fool with sending emails. Especially when it comes to selecting the recipient. I always type the first letter of a name and hit enter. I trust the computer and never check whether the address I've selected is actually the person I want to mail. I'm lazy. Often, it doesn't matter, and I get funny responses back from people. HOW?WHAT?WHY?Who-- Who even uses email like this? The first letter of a name? Not even the first name of a person? I imagine this guy sending emails out by mistake and then just laughing it off and sending it again and still getting it wrong and then sending it again..."I trust the computer--" Buddy, don't blame the computer. This is on you.Also the tense is completely off on this page, because after describing in unnecessary detail how this terrible emailing habit (which is totally giving me anxiety btw) blew up in his face, he talks about how it was an unjustifiable mistake he learned from. From the first paragraph, I was completely under the impression that he still does this. The whole book reads like filler. Sadly, that's about the sum and substance of the self-help genre these days.
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  • Sinduja Ragunathan
    January 1, 1970
    One can easily finish this book in a couple of hours. It makes for very light reading - if only changing thoughts were that easy! A book of this length would work too if the author had focussed on one or two key ideas and reiterated them effectively. However, the book feels like a collection of several, long Medium articles -- a platform where the author is popular -- and none stands out after a few hours. It is almost like quickly browsing through a self-help magazine - therapeutic during the a One can easily finish this book in a couple of hours. It makes for very light reading - if only changing thoughts were that easy! A book of this length would work too if the author had focussed on one or two key ideas and reiterated them effectively. However, the book feels like a collection of several, long Medium articles -- a platform where the author is popular -- and none stands out after a few hours. It is almost like quickly browsing through a self-help magazine - therapeutic during the act but ineffective later. The ideas themselves have been heard many times before - don't worry about the past, think out of the box, do what you love, etc. That's okay - perhaps, there are only a limited set of ideas and habits we can grasp in a lifetime, but I wish he had fleshed them out better.
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  • Alison Rowland
    January 1, 1970
    The advice on prioritizing one's thoughts were some of the most succinct I've read so far. I intend to go back and read it again in the future. Also appreciated the advice on further reading on pragmatism (the main philosophical underpinning cited by the author).The latter portions of the book suffered a bit from sounding like he was searching for material. It could have been half as long.
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  • Baiju Joshi
    January 1, 1970
    Nice little book to remind us of the obvious little things we usually tend to forget. Can be read in an hour or so (I read it between classes ;p)Recommended for people who overthink stuff, and those who think more about past/future than the present.
  • Mayank Suri
    January 1, 1970
    Short, insightful and thought provokingIt was exactly what it said on the cover and for a self-help book that seems to me to be an important objective to achieve. Thank you for writing this, Darius.
  • Prashanth Dsouza
    January 1, 1970
    Abandoned.. probably not my type right now.
  • animesh jain
    January 1, 1970
    A good and short read on the philosophy of pragmatism, the book starts off well but feel flat towards the end with general stuff which keeps appearing in self help books.
  • Anusha Sridharan
    January 1, 1970
    Brief and yet well explained, stage wise, of the thought processes and how to turn them to one's benefit.
  • prahaladrao
    January 1, 1970
    The book is short and has a long lasting impact.The book gives tips to change our thoughts which can inturn change our actions..Everytime you have a thought,contemplate it only if it has purpose.Else,dump it.That is my major take away from the book.
  • Ankur Dokwal
    January 1, 1970
    A good book, explaining various thoughts running into the mind with respect to one situation and many other things.
  • Andrew Everett
    January 1, 1970
    Stated the obvious - don’t know why I expected moreOverall it was very brief and provided a simple explanation of well known concepts. Didn’t learn anything new which was a pity.
  • Abu
    January 1, 1970
    Skip it.
  • Naina
    January 1, 1970
    Not a lot of value add. It's a bunch of experiences from the author's life thrown together over a layer of philosophy. He talks about Pragmatism without really explains what he means. But it's a short read. You never know if it strikes a chord with you.
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  • Adit
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting book....•Easy to read book. •Straight forward •Relatable •Smart strategy I enjoy reading this book so much. I will definitely recommend it to friends and families.
  • kunal
    January 1, 1970
    Good short readGood short book with crisp straight ideas and relatable facts to help readers identify with their thoughts and be in control of then.
  • Ankitchanna
    January 1, 1970
    Nice reading Excellent book for New comers.. to understand and get clarity on our own thoughts.. How to think clear and make decisions
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