Life is like a roller coaster. You never know when times will be good or bad or just steady. In his newest book, Up, Down or Sideways, author and speaker Mark Sanborn takes a personal approach to imparting some tips and insights on how we should live regardless of whether or not we are on the peaks or in the valleys of life.
About Up, Down or Sideways
Unlike Sanborn’s previous works, this book really gives a lot of personal detail and thought as he shares some of his personal battles including a decrease in business and finding out that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Up, Down or Sideways also uses the Bible to support some points that are made. Though there are some spiritual undertones in Sanborn’s previous works, this book blatantly points out some of Sanborn’s personal spiritual convictions. Overall, these personal anecdotes and usage of Scripture add a lot to the book and bring a very “down-to-earth” and intimate feel to the book.
Some of the major takeaways from Sanborn’s book include the value of relationships, both personal and professional. He offers practical advice on how to always nurture relationships you have and not just wait for the high and low moments to be a friend. Another key point is how to add value to whatever you do regardless of whether or not times are up, down or sideways. A personal phrase that I picked up from the book and will most certainly use is “ego biscuit.” You will just have to read the book to see what that is all about if you can’t piece it together.
Review of Up, Down or Sideways by Mark Sanborn
If you have a few hours and you are looking for a book that will provide insight into living to your fullest potential regardless of the ups and downs of life, then Mark Sanborn’s book, Up, Down or Sideways is definitely worth a read. It took me about a day to start and finish the book. If you have read previous books by Sanborn like The Fred Factor, you will be in for a slightly different style book with more personal insight. Personally, this was not my favorite work of Sanborn, but that is not to discredit the book at all. There are definitely some excellent takeaways from the book and everyone that reads it will most slightly gain a nugget of wisdom from it.
One of my favorite elements in this book was the use of the quotes of others. There are lots of inspiring quotes that are definitely worth writing down on some notecards or tweeting out. In fact, if you tweeted some of the quotes I am confident those tweets will be retweeted.
So overall, I would recommend the book Up, Down, or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad, or In Between. There are definitely some valuable insights that you can reap from reading this book, or at least be reminded of some things that you should be doing to advance your personal and professional life.