The Achievement Habit Book Report

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Ever thought about what a boss thinks every time an employee gave him a reason for being late, or an excuse for not doing something, “hmm that is a goooood reason!!” Or “that reason is bullshit”. In the book, The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Control of your Life by Bernard Roth, he explains how giving reasons and excuses in life is not a good way to live. He also explains different ways of avoiding excuses by the words he uses in the book. It can be as simple as waking up 5 minutes earlier to make sure that, the employees are not late to work or class. He also believed that an excuse is just a reason that has been prettied up to make it not sound so bad, but he believes that all reasons are bullshit. After examining…show more content…
Putting in real life events and situations helps the reader get a feeling and understanding of the author’s writing. Roth shows authority and trust as a writer with the way he explains how reasons and excuses have affected his life. For example, “a student might come into my class late, saying, I’m sorry for being late. I had a flat on my bicycle” (Roth 41). Examples like this is what keeps the readers interested in the chapter. Once in his life he would use them when he was late to meetings, and now it has changed his life by avoiding reasons and excuses. Roth’s word choice and tone of his message was appropriate for his audience as it was very readable and very easy to relate to. Roth made the chapter full of examples and knowledge about how to spot a reason and how to avoid using reasons in life. Roth is very knowledgeable and this is shown through the way he…show more content…
One of the biggest issues is that some reasons are real because they are out of a person’s control. For example, Roth discusses the bike incidents, and other incident involving him and his students. Sometimes people need to use a prettied excuse because it is out of their control, but mainly because they do not want to say the actual reason as they might be embarrassed, or not proud as they know they could have done better. Another example of this is when he talks about his oldest son Steve, and how he was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is defined by Christian Nordqvist as “Cerebral palsy is a term which encompasses a set of neurological conditions that cause physical disability in human development - they affect the brain and nervous system. The word cerebral refers to the area in the brain that is affected, while palsy means complete or partial muscle paralysis, frequently accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.” (Nordqvist. C).
This is not fair for Roth to use his theory on reasons to his son, Steve. Steve has cerebral palsy and as defined above, the physical disability in someone’s human development, and it also affects the brain and the nervous system. The example
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