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Unstoppable: A Recipe for Success in Life and Business by Betsy Craig is an inspiring story about a woman who has been through it all. If you want to learn more about coping with a chronic illness and chronic pain, running a business, grit and determination, and how to stay positive whilst tackling everything life throws at you, then you must read this book.
I was lucky to receive a free Kindle copy of Unstoppable: A Recipe for Success in Life and Business from signaltoaction.com so I could write my honest thoughts and views in this review.
What I loved about this book
I love non-fiction books, especially true events, biographies, and self-development books. Unstoppable is all of these three rolled in to one. Rather than being written in chronological order, it instead focuses on 10 principles which Betsy uses to achieve her success. She talks about how these principles have helped her cope with the daily challenges of living with the auto-immune disease scleroderma, and how she became a CEO and runs a hugely successful business in the nutrition industry.
“We all have our own ‘couches’. It may not be a physical one, but it’s something that holds us back…We all have the power to get off our own couch, move past the doubts and the fear toward a more fulfilling life. All it takes is that first step.”
I like the way the start of each chapter begins with a definition of the principle. It actually made me think differently about these words, and to think about them more positively. Seeing them in black and white portrayed these principles in a different light – there was no emotion, connotation, society pressures or stigma attached – it was back to the basic, bare bones definition which I found fascinating.
For any reader with chronic pain (like myself) and/or a chronic illness, Unstoppable encourages a different way of thinking: to not give up; to find the right person when “doctor shopping”; and as hard as it may be, to think about the positives of how our pain and conditions have changed us and what we can be thankful for.
“In a very crazy way, and even though I NEVER thought I would say it, I am thankful for scleroderma and all it has taught me.”
Each chapter concludes with a section called Food for Thought – some questions and suggestions about how the principles relate to the reader’s own life. These help the reader think how they can put what they have learnt in to practice and start living by each of these principles.
One of Betsy’s principles is gratitude, something which I truly believe in as a major part of accepting chronic pain, and what I write about in my What I’m grateful for this week posts. This is summed up extremely well in the quote below:
“Coming from a space of gratitude can change your perspective and outlook on life. It causes you to open your eyes and notice the good things happening all around you. It doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges, but they are no longer the focus. Your attention falls on what you do have instead of what you don’t.”
I also learnt a lot about business in general. Betsy’s values as a CEO are very admirable – a lot of other organisations can learn a lot from reading Unstoppable: A Recipe for Success in Life and Business.
What I didn’t like about this book
In all honesty, there is only one thing that stoped me giving Unstoppable 5 stars. I spotted quite a few spelling and grammar errors, which I always find off-putting and they can stop the smooth flow of reading. There were a few at the start of the book and I was half expecting the book to be full of them, but overall there wasn’t as many as I first expected.
Betsy’s story is very inspiring and I would encourage anyone to pick up Unstoppable and learn to look at life differently. I am already using some of the 10 principles in my own life. Every time I read a few pages, I could feel my confidence growing and I wanted to put in practice what I had learnt. I’ve read a lot of self-development books, and not many have this power straight away.
This book has inspired me to work on some of my own personal challenges, and be even more passionate and determined to make the things I do a success, including my blog.
“By aiming high, I can catch a star. If all I aim for is the low hanging fruit, that’s all I will get.”
I give this book 4 stars: I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
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To find out more
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