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Perfectly Confident Review by The Rubric
Perfectly Confident Review
If you’ve ever been skeptical of The Secret and Think and Grow Rich, then Don Moore has the counterarguments for you in Perfectly Confident.
Beyond how articulately he presents his thesis and arguments, he’s also a decent story teller, and has separately offered evidence for his claims on the site for Perfectly Confident here. (On a side note, this is one of the most polished and organized book launches I’ve ever seen, minus “The Enhancement,” which you’ll read about in the Resources section.)
If you’re a fan of positive thinking and confidence in general, and believe that it is causal in nature to positive outcomes, this book might be challenging or even frustrating to get through. I urge you to stick with it, though, as Moore swings back around at the end with some more palatable takes on optimism, positive thinking, and their value.
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Excellent” for arguments.
When it comes to the practicality of Perfectly Confident, Moore is climbing the uphill battle laid out by Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow, and Dan Ariely in Predictably Irrational.
Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do is examine the things about which we feel so sure, and we’re prone to polarization and other irrational habits, which serve to exacerbate our fallibility.
Moore takes a solid stab at the practicality of his work, though, providing exercises and tools for beginning to challenge our assumptions and arrive at quantified confidence, from which we can calibrate to arrive at “perfectly confident” in our decisions.
Still, the likelihood that any of us readers will remember to employ these exercises and tools in everyday life, especially in business, is quite low. And while the tools are ostensibly provided (see Resources), it seems to me the real issue is remembering we need them in the first place.
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Decent” for practicality.
Perfectly Confident is plenty enjoyable as it is interesting, relevant, and full of stories to help make the arguments come to life.
It is a bit of a chore to work through some of the evidence as the author presents it in the book, but that’s not unusual in a book written by an academic.
Still, it was a relatively short book, so there was never too much to work through.
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Decent” for enjoyability.
Perfectly Confident is well written and easy to read.
It is particularly well laid out in the beginning, letting the reader know the exact path the author will follow to the end.
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Excellent” for readability.
One thing I’ve noticed since I began focusing on new business book releases is that a book’s resources, even when referenced throughout the book, are difficult to find right after its published.
In the audio book, the author referred to “The Enhancement” over and over again, but I haven’t been able to locate this elusive resource, not even on the Perfectly Confident website.
This reminds me of the same problem I had with Power Moves last week…
I will say the resources that are on the website are not gated and seem pretty good. But I’ll reserve judgment until I can grade the real thing.
The zero percent awarded here is because The Enhancement is necessary to get the full value out of this book, and as of right now it is not available (so far as I can find).
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Terrible” for resources.
This grade might also be modified once I gain access to The Enhancement, but for now it seems this book was written by the right person for the right reasons, and there’s nothing being solve beyond his ideas in this book.
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Excellent” for rhetoric.
A process for achieving trustworthy confidence? Yes, please.
I recommend Perfectly Confident to entrepreneurs, business owners, and business managers for its relevant insight into decision making.
By The Rubric, Perfectly Confident scored “Excellent” in total.
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