Better Than Before By Gretchen Rubin – Review

This book will change your life. 

You know it’s pretty amazing. We are taught that there is only one way to do something since pretty much day one. Think about it though, not so long ago you would get hit with a ruler as a bizarre method to make you write with your right hand. It’s in school where we were constantly taught what is right and what is wrong. This is real, this is not.  We were taught in a system in which people that never had a business teach you business, in a system which only prepared you to work for someone else. School forgot one very important aspect of the 21st century, that there is more than one way of doing something.


If there’s one thing you take from this book, it’s that there is more than one way to do something. 2+2 = 4, but 1+3 also equals 4. I repeatedly repeat this saying by Suli Breaks “There’s more than one way in this world to be, An educated man.”

“There’s no right way or wrong way, just whatever works.” About 40% of our day is filled by habits. “If we change our habits, we change our lives.” This book won’t tell you what habits you need to change as that is up to you to decide! This book will show you how to develop the habits your desire or know you should follow. After all if somebody told you you need eggs in your diet and you were allergic to them, then that wouldn’t really work, would it? It’s about what works for you!

And reality is there is no “One-size-fits-all solution”, “There’s no right war or wrong way, just whatever works.” There is  many different routes you can take to change your habits. The chances are you approach life differently than me.forinstamat_1

Gretchen will help you shape out who you are, which perhaps I wouldn’t have found important until I read this book. It’s actually crazy how much we don’t know about ourselves but also how easy it is to find it out.

I realized that it’s essential to know who you are as one approach that works for someone could be completely wrong for a different individual. And based on knowing on who we are we can make it easier to build or change habits. I’m not by any chance saying it will make it “easy” but “easier.”

As in order to change thou must know himself. Gretchen goes over many different techniques to stop you from doing things that are often done.. Preventing excuses, easing things, getting away from distractions, just to name a few.

If this book doesn’t help you change your habits…I honestly don’t know what will. It’s one of the most enjoyable reads, perhaps the fact it was written on Gretchen’s own experience. Some people write books but don’t apply it to their own life. Gretchen was writing this book or rather trying to understand habits for her own benefit.

She examined her friends, her family, she also read studies, but Gretchen prefers to call herself a rather “street scientist.” Pretty genius if you ask me, it’s not always about facts, but about what works for you. Gretchen examined and applied, or rather experimented on friends/family to see what works and what doesn’t work… And most importantly…To see what works for who!

I want to thank Gretchen for changing my life! I’m more efficient than ever before.

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