Hard-Easy by Art Coombs
I know, I know. I haven’t posted a review book in months. Which, considering that like most people I spent six months straight doing practically nothing, that’s saying something. Oh, wait. I was doing something. Advancing my business. If you’ve not heard, you can go take a look at what I was working on this summer: Ozark Book Authority & Totally Novel. (That TN link is to an event coming up March 2021, but I’ve been doing a lot of prep work for it.) But when Melissa Dalton of The Book Break contacted me and asked if I wanted to join their review team, I jumped at the chance. Because I fully recognize that I enjoy sharing awesome books with you all. I just need to do it more. But, enough of the excuses. All of that was just to say that I’m back to writing reviews again. Though, probably not at the rate I was before.
So, Hard Easy: A Get-Real Guide for Getting the Life You Want by Arthur F. Coombs III. Quite the name there, despite the fact that most everyone just calls him Art or Coombs.
Hard Easy: A Get-Real Guide for Getting the Life You Want is a self-help book that teaches you one simple principle, but then expands on it from multiple points of view. You truly can get the life you want, if you’re willing to do what’s necessary to get it. And, no, I don’t mean “removing” people standing in your way or lying and cheating and sleeping your way to the top. (I may or may not have read too many mafia books this past week.)
Coombs teaches the simple truth that the more hard work you put up front, the easier your life gets on the back end. I have long lived my life in a Hard-Easy manner in certain areas of my life. Other areas of my life have been truly Easy-Hard. But that’ll be changing. Coombs helped bring all of that into focus and really let me see where my weaknesses and strengths were. What I should be working to improve, and helping me recognize and enjoy the fruits of where I’ve been working hard for a long time.
It’s truly simple: If you do the hard work now, things will be easy later; if you take it easy and waste time now, the hard is going to hit when you show up unprepared. But while it’s a simple concept, it’s most definitely not an easy one to live. In fact, you’re going to find that even starting to make decisions based on the principle of Hard-Easy is very, very, very difficult.
Coombs not only explains the principle, but he addresses some things like common excuses, common obstacles, common tools you can use, and much more. He tells you up front that even if you’re excited, it will be more difficult than not. He does not pull punches.
Like I’d said, I had already been living this way (without having a name for it) for many years (in some areas of my life). But as I was reading this book, I began to look around and see how much it applied to not only every single area of my life, but also nearly everyone and everything around me. Having a name for it now, and a plan, means that I have a goal that I can move forward with. And THAT is how you get the life you want.
I definitely recommend reading this book. So much so that I’m making everyone above the age of 12 that lives in my household read it. Partly so that we have a common vocabulary, but also so that everyone else can begin making some Hard-Easy choices to have awesome lives. After all, that is what I want for my kids: to see them succeed in living a life full of value.
As an aside, since I read this book through the summer, a lot of the principles Coombs teaches will be showing up in the Weathering The Storm blog series and workshop that I’m doing on Totally Novel. You can learn just what all the fuss is about over there. (The blog series starts in October, the workshop is in March.)
I only post reviews for books I am not connected with. If I beta read or edited the book, or work as a virtual assistant for the author, I do not post a review. However, authors occasionally send me books to review.
Projected* schedule for Book Reviews for 2018:
1st Monday: Fantasy or Sci-Fi (what I read the most)
2nd Monday: Random book (could be anything, but expect a lot of mysteries)
3rd Monday: Romance (might have sex, but will not be any relationship that is not MF)
4th Monday: Non-Fiction (inspirational, biographies, instructional)
*Due to LIFE being a factor in my life, this schedule might not actually happen.
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Hello! I’m Adriel Wiggins, wife, mother of three, fur mom, bibliophile, art geek, and all around student. I’ve been on a quest all of my life to learn as much as I possibly can about everything I possibly can. This has helped me tremendously in what eventually became my life’s purpose: to help other people become the best version of themselves. It is in that line that I became an assistant.