Book Reviews: A CEO, an Entrepreneur, A Tourist, and the Monk

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 Book Reviews: A CEO, an Entrepreneur, A Tourist, and the Monk

Today's Manager
December 1, 2018

A CEO, an Entrepreneur, a Tourist, and the Monk
By Alex Butt
Candid Creation Publishing
Reviewer: Sadie-Jane Nunis

Juggling Success and Happiness

WHEN I first saw the title, I was waiting for a punch-line. Instead, I embarked on an interesting journey of discovery to find a good balance.

Before I continue, let me introduce you to the key people in this book. They are Charles who is a CEO, Antonio who is an entrepreneur, Toby the tourist, and the monk. Charles is at the peak of his game but though he is successful, he feels stressed and unhappy. Antonio is uncertain about his long-term future but is keen to continuously get involved in new ventures. Toby is trying to break his streak of bad luck and finally, the monk whom they meet through a chance encounter becomes their turning point.

This is a modern day parable about pursuing material success without giving up one’s true journey towards happiness.

Author Mr Alex Butt brings forth the question about whether one is truly happy in the way you lead your life. In the three characters he has developed, one can certainly see traits of oneself whilst reading the book.

What I appreciated is the fact that Mr Butt did not make you feel like you are undermining yourself. In fact, the simplicity and clarity of how he writes will help you discover how to be truly happy. By now, you will know that I am not a big fan of such books, but this one might actually change my mind as I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as it was unpretentious and insightful. Everyone will be able to find something to benefit from by reading this book. Oh, and it may also help to know that Mr Butt is an actual ordained monk which makes it all the more interesting.


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