Wednesday 24 April 2019

Book ~ "Think Like a Dog: How Dogs Teach Us to Be Happy in Life and Successful at Work" (2019) Scott MacDonald and Sadie

From Goodreads ~ They're loyal, loving and big-hearted - dogs are our best friends for a good reason. Yet they have much more to offer than just love and friendship. Let Scott MacDonald and rescue dog Sadie show you how to have a more rewarding life and a more successful career in "Think Like a Dog".

With whimsy and insight, Scott and Sadie offer important lessons in loyalty, persistence, leaving your mark and always being a great sniffer. Scott reveals what Sadie and other dogs teach us about successful work habits and organizational strategies for outstanding business success.

Want a better, happier, and more satisfying life? Want to be successful? Start by understanding a dog's perspective and applying the lessons learned! 

I enjoy reading books about animals, business books and how to be happy(ier) in life ... this book is a combination of all three.  And how could I resist with the picture of Sadie on the cover?

Scott MacDonald is a retired CEO and had a career working on commercial real estate projects throughout the world.  Sadie is his rescue dog.  Together they have written this book to provide us with their advice, wisdom and experience.

The lessons/chapters include:
  • Looking for treats
  • Being persistent
  • Communicating better
  • Living in the moment
  • Planning your escape
  • Avoiding certain dogs
  • Knowing when to bark
  • Watching out for hoses
  • Embracing change
  • Being a good sniffer
  • Chasing cars
  • Earning trust and choosing partners
  • Eat, sleep and play
  • Being loyal
  • Training people
  • Everyone needs a job
  • Selecting the right leash
  • Taking advantage of opportunities
  • Getting the basics right
  • Leaving your mark
  • Sadie's twelve most important lessons for a better life

Sadie starts each chapter with her view of the lesson as it relates to her dog world.  Then Scott gives us his perspective on how to put the lesson in place from a human's perspective.  Also included are stories of Sadie's doggy friends and other dogs as they relate to the lessons, pictures of Sadie (so cute!) and cartoons.

I liked this book and I liked the writing style.  Sadie's point of view was more fun but what else would you expect from a dog?  Both Sadie and Scott provided good reminders about how to be happy in life and successful at work in their own way.

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