An In-Depth Review of Prince Harry’s Memoir, Spare

By Team Azuni

Prince Harry recently released his new autobiography, Spare. In this book, he takes readers on an intimate journey into his life, from growing up as a royal to his service in the British army and his current humanitarian work. It is an incredibly personal and honest account that is sure to engage readers. Let’s dive into this review and learn more about this captivating book.

A Captivating Read

Spare is written with honesty and candor that really pulls readers in from the very first page. With each chapter, we get a better understanding of who Prince Harry is—not just as a public figure but also as a person. He offers insight into his childhood and how he has grown over the years both personally and professionally. Although it can be difficult for public figures to open up about their lives without revealing too much, Prince Harry does an admirable job of allowing just enough information for us to feel connected to him while still maintaining some privacy.

Prince Harry’s Unique Perspective

In addition to providing insight into his personal life, Spare also offers readers a unique perspective on what it is like living within the royal family. From early memories of learning how to navigate formal events to stories about his military service in Afghanistan, we get an inside look at what it means to be a royal family member—and how those experiences have influenced him in positive ways throughout his life. It’s clear that he values his position as a public figure and uses it as an opportunity to make meaningful change in the world around him.

Themes in Spare

The main theme of the book is transparency. Prince Harry does not shy away from discussing his mental health battles or how he deals with tabloid pressure – two issues that are incredibly relevant for anyone living in the public eye. He speaks candidly about the loneliness he experiences when he’s away from home and how he has learned to cope with it. He also talks about the importance of listening to your inner voice and taking responsibility for your own actions.

Another major theme is family relationships. Prince Harry reflects on his relationship with Princess Diana and how she inspired him to be kinder and more compassionate towards others. He also recounts stories of bonding with Charles and William during their childhood years, which shows us that even royals have their share of sibling rivalries! Furthermore, Prince Harry emphasizes the importance of having a strong support system when dealing with life’s challenges – something that resonates deeply with readers everywhere.

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(Book Review)Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business by Jenny Blake

By Lionesses of Africa

For entrepreneur Jenny Blake, author of the new book Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, she believes that ‘Time is not money. Time is life force.’ Jenny Blake, author of the award-winning book Pivot and co-creator of Google’s acclaimed Career Guru coaching program, is back with her signature blend of heart-based operating principles and practical tools. This book will teach you how to move from friction to flow through smarter systems and the three-stage Free Time Framework.™

In her new book, Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business, Jenny Blake asks, “Are you consistently doing the work that you and only you can do? Or are you burdened by busywork, the bottleneck blocking your company’s profit and potential?” If the answer is yes to those questions, then this is definitely a book for you to read. Jenny believes that as an entrepreneur your time is far more precious than money. It is your presence, your memories, your quality of life. As a business owner, you are already paying a risk and pressure tax. For many, growth fueled by added stress is not worth the trade-off. You have an urge to simplify and streamline. Jenny’s book Free Time is not about working as little as possible. Nor is it about creating a lifestyle business purely for one’s own gain. It is about creating a life-giving business energizing every single person who is a part of it, from the owner to team members, to clients and community. Free Time is about making small investments now to create greater optionality in the future.

A more joyful business is within reach. Imagine the following scenarios that could be yours if you rethink the way you think and approach your business building:

  • Traveling, going off the grid, or handling family emergencies without panicking that everything will fall apart while you are gone.
  • Working 10- to 20-hour weeks, delegating the rest to a part-time remote team.
  • Answering questions with relief, knowing you don’t have to “own” the next steps.
  • Empowering your Delightfully Tiny Team™ to answer their own questions before they even have to ask you.
  • Harnessing your creative energy for the strategic projects that excite you most.

Free Time is a playbook to free your mind, time, and team for your best work. This book will teach you and your team to operate efficiently and intuitively while earning abundantly, so you can make your greatest contribution as a business owner.

Author Quotes

I committed to building a better, more blissful business. One that would be heart based, systems focused, delightfully tiny, and fun. I strove eliminate preventable stress.

When you run your own company, hard work no longer has a direct correlation to the profit you generate. In the entrepreneurial realm, time is decoupled from money. There is no guarantee that pouring more time into your business will yield positive results. 

In a small business there is no place to hide. Hard work itself is meaningless. The work must work, it must be strategic and revenue-generating, or you will quickly go out of business. 

About the author

Jenny Blake, author of the award-winning book Pivot and co-creator of Google’s acclaimed Career Guru coaching program, is back with her signature blend of heart-based operating principles and practical tools. Her new book, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, will teach you how to move from friction to flow through smarter systems and the three-stage Free Time Framework. Jenny is an international keynote speaker helping forward-thinking organizations and individuals map what’s next. She hosts two podcasts with over 1 million downloads combined:

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(Book Review + Free Book) Soul of a Dream Catcher By Mark Weeks

By Tonny Wandella

Author Mark Weeks has always gone back in time to bring us timeless wisdom from the past. He summons the mystics, the shamans, the sages, and the legends that have somehow managed to dent our world, albeit in micro degrees. His previous works, such as Code of the Conqueror-The Journey: A 21st Century Crusade For Self-Mastery, had a shaman and a master warrior from the bloodline of Genghis Khan lead the way for a young and lost tourist man. 

And through his other edifying novel, Napoleon – Way of the Conqueror: 7 Leadership Lessons He Used & Abused where He takes us back in time not only to meet the great French military genius but also introduced us to his deepest thoughts and aspirations. Through all his books, timeless wisdom that has and will always transcend time has had to hold the torch of guidance.

The Soul of a Dream Catcher is another masterpiece beautifully done by author Mark Weeks. Set in 1948’s worn-torn Italy, we follow Emiliana in her struggle to break free from her parents’ invisible net and seek a life on her own terms. Emiliana meets a witch, a warrior monk, and a shamanic goddess to help her chart her journey and discover her real destiny through tragedy, folly, and perseverance.

This book has been painted with vivid words and situations that try to remind us of the importance of pursuing our aspirations and attaining our destiny. It also reminds us of the assistance the universe sends us through strangers, odd or not, who help lead us when we are weary and uncertain. Soul of a Dream Catcher is a book for dreamers, encouraging us all to pay close attention to ourselves and the universe. Emilia has a long way to go to realise her aspirations despite trusting the process and relying on wisdom bestowed to her by a witch, a warrior monk, and a shamanic goddess. Discover what happens to her in this fantastic novel.

Why read this book

The Soul of a Dream Catcher is a powerful, heartwarming story about how to live with purpose. Bestselling author Mark Weeks tackles the most pressing question of our time: does the universe help us in our pursuit of destiny? Find inspiration and guidance as you embark on your own personal journey of discovery through whatever life throws your way. Also, check out his other great edifying novels.

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Book Review-Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing your Blood Sugar By Jessie Inchauspe

By Collins Booksellers

Improve all areas of your health from your weight, sleep and cravings to your mood, energy and skin – and even slow down ageing – with easy-to-implement, science-based hacks to manage your blood sugar levels while still eating the foods you love.Glucose, or blood sugar, is a tiny molecule in our body that has a huge impact on our health.It enters our bloodstream through the starchy or sweet foods we eat. In the past five years, scientists have discovered that glucose affects everyone – not just people with diabetes.

If we have too much glucose in our system, we put on weight, feel tired and hungry all the time, have skin breakouts, develop wrinkles, and our hormonal balance suffers. Over time, too much glucose contributes to chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cancer, dementia and heart disease.

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Book Review: The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World

by Adrian Wooldridge

Olympics fans aside, meritocracy doesn’t have many friends these days. Social-justice advocates view the meritocracy as a swindle, giving white people an excuse to hoard their privilege and leaving minorities only crumbs. On the right, populists look at a recession, forever wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a globalized economy that has taken away their jobs and destroyed their towns and regard the designated experts with disgust. Crème-de-la-crème meritocrats such as Harvard professor Michael Sandel and Yale law professor Daniel Markovits decry the smugness, entitlement, and soul-draining rat race promoted by our machinery of higher education, the very system that gives them their own prestige.

The great virtue of The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World, by longtime Economist editor and writer Adrian Wooldridge, is that while acknowledging the harsh truths of these critiques, it forces us to ponder the next question only tepidly addressed by others on this beat: If not meritocracy, then what? How should societies allocate status and the power to make the big decisions?

Scour Wooldridge’s expansive history of the conundrum, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find satisfying alternatives. In fact, from his telling, you might conclude that raw evolutionary psychology rather than studied political science or ethics best explains how most societies have operated. Families and clans, not individuals, were “the basic unit of society,” he writes. Sons inherited land and titles, daughters were bartered for more, and both passed their unearned privileges onto their own children regardless of their progeny’s character, intelligence, or interest in doing certain jobs. Likewise, serfs grew their superiors’ food, and servants dressed their masters in silk breeches for no reason other than that they were born to do so. If a peasant was blessed with Einstein’s brains or Lincoln’s political wisdom, it would make no difference in his or her life path; “tillers tilled and thatchers thatched,” as Wooldridge writes. No doubt the hoi polloi grumbled about their masters, but the arrangement was widely accepted as natural and just. It was individual ambition that represented a danger to what was thought to be a God-given social order.

Of course, the powers-that-were had every reason to advance the idea that inherited privilege was divinely ordained—but the truth is, for many centuries favoring kin was about the only game around. Plato was the first to imagine a system that would give power to those more worthy. The guardians of his Republic would be “men of gold”: those with natural talents, pedigree be damned. Notably, he believed the family was the biggest threat to the just polity; kin would always embrace kin. To short-circuit this stubborn fact, he proposed taking future guardians of each generation away from their parents in order to prepare them for leadership through intensive physical, intellectual, and philosophical training. (Plato doesn’t specify how he would locate the prodigies.)

The only other proto-meritocratic social order came from Asia. As early as the tenth century, the Chinese developed their famous exam system that, with many modifications, continues to sort the wheat from the chaff today. A grueling, multiyear preparation, it allowed farmer’s sons the chance to escape the dead-end bleakness of village life and become “mandarins” in the Forbidden City. Still, the emperor inherited his position.

In other parts of the world, a few exceptional low-born strivers could bypass the ancient barriers of entrenched hierarchy. England had an unofficial system of “sponsored social mobility,” in which a lord or church worthy would take notice of a clever plebian and mentor him to prominence. Cardinal Wolsey, the son of a wool seller, groomed Thomas Cromwell, who later became Henry VIII’s consigliere and fixer—a stunning rise for the son of a blacksmith. Noblemen lent support to talented artists and thinkers from undistinguished backgrounds. The Duke of Buccleuch was patron to the philosopher Adam Smith; ironically, his protégé was part of the Scottish Enlightenment, which would weaken the logic of inherited nobility that had given the Duke his riches. Wooldridge speculates that the emergence of larger and more complex states also challenged the ancien regime as states found themselves in need of more capable bureaucrats than a pampered, inbred aristocracy could produce. After all, kings and dukes needed shrewd minions to administer and collect taxes to support their palaces and wars.

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Book Review: See, Solve, Scale: How Anyone Can Turn an Unsolved Problem into a Breakthrough Success (Paperback)

Professor Danny Warshay

Inspired by Brown University’s beloved course – The Entrepreneurial Process – Danny Warshay’s See, Solve, Scale is a proven and paradigm-shifting method to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship.

The Entrepreneurial Process, one of Brown University’s highest-rated courses, has empowered thousands of students to start their own ventures. You might assume these ventures started because the founders were born entrepreneurs. You might assume that these folks had technical or finance degrees, or worked at fancy consulting firms, or had some other specialized knowledge. Yet that isn’t the case. Entrepreneurship is not a spirit or a gift. It is a process that anyone can learn, and that anyone can use to turn a problem into a solution with impact.

In See, Solve, Scale, Danny Warshay, the creator of the Entrepreneurial Process course and founding Executive Director of Brown’s Center for Entrepreneurship, shares the same set of tools with aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. He overturns the common misconception that entrepreneurship is a hard-wired trait or the sole province of high-flying MBAs, and provides a proven method to identify consequential problems and an accessible process anyone can learn, master, and apply to solve them.

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The Cult of We: Wework, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion

By Bookmarks Review

“… a juicy guided tour through the highly leveraged, not-quite-rags-to-billion-dollar-parachute saga of WeWork and its co-founder Adam Neumann … separates itself from Billion Dollar Loser by quickly passing over Neumann’s upbringing and experiences on kibbutzim and in the Israeli military, as well as the origins and earliest days of WeWork…Instead, the book saves its firepower for the cataclysmic combination of Neumann’s gift for salesmanship, addiction to fund-raising and focus on his personal wealth … Brown and Farrell show an agility for explaining key business dynamics that are crucial both to understanding specific moments in WeWork’s trajectory, and also to grasping the role of public and private investors in the company’s successes and failures. They do so without slowing down the narrative or overdoing it such that readers well versed in business might find it boring or pedantic … a book that calls for keeping a pen handy so you can write in the margins, giving the Greek chorus in your head a place to pop off … also very funny, with Brown and Farrell employing wry juxtaposition and understatement to enjoyable effect … The narrative is written straight through, with Brown and Farrell rarely breaking in to attribute their reporting to specific sources. Instead, that information is packed into extensive notes at the end of the book. It may make the nearly 400 pages brisker to read for some, but I was frequently toggling back and forth to try to surmise how the authors knew what they were telling me …. coming out months after other storytellers have framed the WeWork saga with their own focuses and flourishes. But Brown and Farrell’s book may be the most perfectly timed. As much of the white-collar work force enjoys (or tolerates) its final weeks of working from home, we (I think I’m allowed to use ‘we’ in this context without paying anyone) are preparing to re-engage with our crumbs-in-the-keyboard cubicle culture…”

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REVIEW: The Secret to Superhuman Strength Connects Mind, Body, and Community

By Alenka Figa

In the introduction to The Secret to Superhuman Strength, Alison Bechdel issues herself a swift, succinct diagnosis. Amid nonstop movement from panel to panel — she kicks, guzzles water, and shifts from a downward dog on an orange yoga mat to doing rapid bicep curls — she declares, “I’m not good at sports. I’m not a jock. I’m the vigorous type.”

For Bechdel, “vigor” does not refer solely to physical strength or power. After this declaration, she continues to vault through panels without pause, gearing up for a hike before taking a walk along a fallen tree that covers a stream, like a balance beam. It’s here, as she prepares to carefully cross the water, that Bechdel reveals the obsession she wishes to explore in The Secret to Superhuman Strength: “the feeling of the mind and body becoming one.” This feeling is tied to a loss of ego, a dissolution of self – when mind and body are one, self and nature and self and others are also one. As Bechdel quips at the end of the intro, “Is that so much to ask?”

This question is, of course, a joke – obviously it’s a lot to ask! As she has in past memoirs, Bechdel engages with various literary figures, including Jack Kerouac and transcendentalists like Margaret Fuller, who also spent their lives chasing this specific kind of experience, or state of being. It is an intense, lifelong pursuit, and I am tempted to ask if it’s even worth attempting. Simultaneously, however, it feels like a deeply human pursuit – one that is relatable even to a reader like me, who has largely forgotten all the reading on transcendentalism I did in English class. Haven’t we all experienced this, even a little bit? Those moments when your mind suddenly quiets and the world feels enormous, endless – like the distance between you and me isn’t such a big deal after all, but it’s also everything.

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How to overcome fear and right wrongs.

In the first of four proposed volumes on the cardinal virtues of temperance, justice, wisdom, and courage, Holiday, author of books on egotism, Stoicism, and falsehoods spewed by the blogosphere, among many other topics, offers uplifting thoughts, examples, and anecdotes meant to motivate readers to act courageously. He wants his readers to take risks, challenge the status quo, “run toward while others run away,” and “do a thing that people say is impossible.” As in previous books, the author mines ancient Greek philosophers, statesmen, and military leaders for their thoughts on fear, cowardice, boldness, and heroism.

Among myriad individuals Holiday cites as courageous are Florence Nightingale, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, Charles de Gaulle, Winston Churchill, John Lewis, and Peter Thiel, whose successful attack on the gossip site Gawker is one that Holiday finds admirable. Thiel, incensed because Gawker outed him as a gay man, “found agency where others saw nothing but impossibility.” Holiday claims that fear—of what others might think of us, of the unknown consequences of our actions—is the enemy of courage. “When fear is defined,” he asserts, “it can be defeated. When downside is articulated, it can be weighed against upside.” Holiday’s tone evokes the voice of a sage, imparting pithy remarks that sometimes border on the hackneyed: 

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Synonyms-The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit 

By Water Stone

In her global phenomenon The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins taught millions of people around the world the five second secret to motivation. Now she’s back with another simple, proven tool you can use to take control of your life: The High 5 Habit. Don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t a book about high fiving everyone else in your life. You’re already doing that. Cheering for your favourite teams. Celebrating your friends. Supporting the people you love as they go after what they want in life. Imagine if you gave that same love and encouragement to yourself. Or even better, you made it a daily habit. You’d be unstoppable. In this book, Mel teaches you how to start high fiving the most important person in your life, the one who is staring back at you in the mirror: YOURSELF. If you struggle with self-doubt (and who doesn’t?) … If you’re tired of that nagging critic in your head (could somebody evict them already?) … If you’re wildly successful but all you focus on is what’s going wrong (you’re not alone) … If you’re sick of watching everybody else get ahead while you sit on the couch with your dog (don’t bring your dog into this) … …Mel dedicates this book to you. Using her signature science-backed wisdom…

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