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Date finished: April 22, 2019

Rating: ★★★

The Courage to Be Disliked, Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

I’m a big fan of books like You Are a BadassBig MagicFirst We Make the Beast Beautiful, 10% Happier, and other motivational, happiness-based, self-help books, but this dialogue was unfortunately not what I was looking for.

Structured like a conversation/debate/dialogue between Socrates and Plato, Kishimi and Koga offer an admittedly unique take on the matters of happiness, confidence, and the pressures of society, but the dialogue often fell flat, with Koga repeating back things Kishimi had just said to him in order to keep the conversation moving.

Particularly because I listened to the audiobook, I found these callbacks distracting and annoying and would have preferred the text simply be Kishimi’s thoughts and observations written down, as opposed to this futile attempt at dialogue and debate.

While it seems many people enjoy and find value in this work, I think I prefer more modern, to-the-point texts like those listed above in order to find motivation and inspiration.

Photo courtesy @vivi_al_ago (Instagram)

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