Book Review: The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini

Book Review:  The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini

If you’re an entrepreneur who occasionally finds yourself spinning your wheels, this book may give you the the traction required to propel yourself into the success you’ve always dreamed about.

The Other 8 Hours is my first book review for the year of 2019, and I’m happy to report that the time I spent reading, was not time wasted.

In fact, I found myself taking several notes, because I genuinely found the information so relevant to the life I’m trying to create for myself. As a moonlighter and entrepreneur myself, I feel a sense of urgency to record all the ideas that jump out at me… before I return this book to its rightful owners at the public library.

(That sense of urgency may or may not have anything to do with a library fine, but you’ll never know.)

Pagliarini magnifies the importance of creating purposeful habits. Then teaches how to stack those habits up on top of each other to build the foundation of a monumental success.

By calling attention specifically to the way we spend our days, and how that bears a direct result on our quality of life, it urges readers to properly seize our moments.

Even if you’re an entrepreneur/ creator who already knows the value of your time, I’m still confident that The Other 8 hours will still be helpful in keeping your professional poop in a group.

Although there were things discussed that didn’t necessarily pertain to me, I viewed all information as relevant and believe this book provides an immense value to any entrepreneur.

I’d love to hear feedback from anyone else who has read it, or is thinking about reading it! I got my copy from the local library, but I’m sure you could find a nice deal on amazon, or even an audio version somewhere as well.


Beneficial Misfortune

Beneficial Misfortune
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While reading through an article recently, I came across this phrase ‘beneficial misfortune.’

Upon stumbling right up on this string of words, something overcame me- as it often does- and I had to write the phrase down.

Maybe you have experienced, (not unlike many other people) massive amounts of misfortune. Maybe you feel like you’ve been spinning your wheels for years, exhausting yourself for nothing. Perhaps you’ve been dealt a shitty hand, and through no fault of your own, you are constantly taking 2 steps forward, and 3 steps back.

That’s real sad man, but guess what? If you have been taking that beating from life all these years, but have failed to turn mistakes into opportunities…

then that is all on you.

I have very little trouble in finding something good that’s come from every bad thing I’ve ever gone through. In the moment, when bad things are happening, of course there have been road blocks and bad days. Ultimately however, I was blessed with the good sense to always be able to see the lesson, or the positive twist.

For this, I feel capable of seeing all misfortune as ‘beneficial misfortune.’ This is something I truly hope to impress upon my children’s minds as they grow up.

Everything to Everyone

Wake up early, before the sun, to quickly dress for the day.

Take the dog out, till he’s done, then hurry in okay?

The lunches need packed and the children need woke, to prepare for daycare and school.

Don’t forget to sign that permission slip, lest your school ager feel like a fool.

Drop them off, and head to work, to trade your time for money.

Only to be called out early again, for your baby’s achey tummy.

Get the groceries, pay the bills, the kitchen needs cleaned before dinner.

Frozen pizza once again, gone are your goals to be thinner.

Homework, bath time, and the laundry- your husband needs clean socks.

Remember to call the doctor tomorrow, the baby is due for shots.

Squeeze in a quick chat with your sister, you’ve been meaning to call her for days.

Now cut it short, GET OFF the phone, the little one yanks on your leg.

Story time then brush their teeth, time to lay them down for bed.

So many things to prepare for tomorrow, before you can lay down YOUR head.

Overwhelm bubbles up inside, in the bathroom you lock the door.

It’s okay momma, let those tears fall….and now let them fall some more…

Time is up- pull it together, the day is almost done.

I see you momma you’re not alone, we’re all everything to everyone.