The Art of Possibility
Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander
Disclaimer: I did not finish this book.
That’s right. I didn’t. And yes, I’m still going to review it.
My philosophy is that if a book doesn’t please me in the first few chapters, I don’t finish it.
Good philosophy for anything in life, too.
All right, let’s get on with it 😉
With all honesty, I found this book very unoriginal. A lot of it was rehashing the same old stuff.
For example, one of the first points in the book was “It’s all invented,” referring to thoughts and assumptions. This is not a novel idea. Anyone who’s done any personal development has already come across this.
They might be solid ideas, and can serve as a reminder, but I think there are some much better books out there for this kind of stuff.
One thing I did enjoy about this book? Well, Benjamin Zanders, one of the authors, is a professional symphony conductor. He provides many anecdotes from the music world that illustrate the concepts in the book.
But again, the point of this book is to inform, not entertain. I found it somewhat lacking.
The Verdict: Don’t waste your time on books that provide no insight. Only positive is the classical music side of it (if you like that kind of music).