Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Self-help Book Review - Climbing the Beanstalk : It’s Up to You to Reach the Top by Roshmi Roy

What is the first thing you do when you encounter self-help books? Well, for me self-help is a unique genre which requires manual screening to make sure that I am not going to venture into a wrong book. I check the clarity of the author, Not just pages and pages of long theories, I prefer proper examples, steps & diagrams. I know you might think, how will one know all these before reading the book. Well, I give at least 10-15 minutes for screening before zeroing down a book. When a friend at the publishing house recommended this book to me, the first thing I did was a little research on available reviews. As the book was just published, there were no reviews on Goodreads / Amazon. So the second thing I did was added the book to Kindle shelf (as the book was available free of cost for a limited duration). I checked randomly a few pages. Once I was sure and impressed by the content I started reading it. So here I am going to discuss my take on "Climbing the Beanstalk: It’s Up to You to Reach the Top" by Roshmi Roy.


Book Blurb
Whatever you want to achieve in life, whatever you want to become, the power to do so lies within you. You must be willing to seize the opportunities that come your way and take the risks involved.
Climbing the Beanstalk is the path you need to take to reach the top. This book outlines the changes you need to make to your personality and the skills you have to enhance. Soft skills is a major area to focus on for your career development. You will find here a practical guideline not only on how to develop your personality but also on the soft skills required to make your way in the professional world.
Before I go to the content, let me tell you the author's idea behind the title. She has used a reference to the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk", where a boy exchanged his cow for 3 magical beans, which led him to the house of a giant. Due to this adventure boy found the hen that laid golden eggs. So the author’s idea is until we explore or go for an adventure to discover our true self how will we know our true value.

The book is not focused on particular traits or habit. Instead, the author has covered many areas and domains. Starting from personality development, leadership, change management, professional etiquette. In short, it is a jack of many soft skills. Again the author has not bored out readers by giving too much technical & philosophical information. Instead, she has divided each topic into mainly three parts.
  • Introduction to the topic
  • Example, supporting stories, excerpts
  • Steps to follow the same in life
The author has touched around 15-20 major topics. Almost on each of them, you will get dozens of books. If you find it boring to read such books, then you may try this one.

I liked the way quotations or lines from various literature & supporting materials were presented. Ample usage of examples and stories has raised the interest quotient. To make the complex procedure simple, at many places advice is given in bullet points and steps. Overall a very useful book.

Ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Content - 4/5
  3. Concept - 3/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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