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51gbRE7bxFL._SL500_AA300_Opportunity:  Optimizing Life’s Chances

By:  Donald Morris

ASIN: 1591024021

Price: $26.75

Published: 2006  

Irene S. Roth, Reviewer 

            Have you major life changing missed opportunities in your life?  Have you regretted missing some opportunities that you knew at the time you should perhaps try for? We all seem to have missed opportunities.  That is something that happens to all of us, whether we like it or not. And most of us think that opportunities are a simple matter—however as Dr. Morris argues nothing is further from the case.

Opportunity is individual and personal.  What is a real opportunity for someone is not much of an opportunity for someone else. There is nothing generic about opportunity.  They are subjective and they need to be moulded to individual person in order for them to really matter. This is why there are so many stumbling blocks, pit falls and blind spots in individual opportunities. For instance, how an individual poses or frames questions when looking for the solution to a problem affects the kind of answers the person acknowledge. Also, the way a person frames an opportunity also affects the kind of opportunities that the person will take and which ones she will walk away from and possibly experience remorse later.

Most people believe that opportunities are straightforward and not problematic—one either thinks that an opportunity is a good one or not. But as Dr. Morris argues in this book, the concept of opportunity shows that a problem exists with recognizing and exploiting opportunity, allowing us to search for and point to the specific reasons for this difficulty. Our recognition of opportunity is affected by the problems that we face, our notion of sacrifice, how we evaluate risk, how we perceive time, what conditions we believe will improve our life, and the techniques to predict our future, just to name a few.  These underlying issues can cast a haze over our judgments and adversely affect our decisions with respect to opportunity. In spite of our self-confirmed ability to recognize opportunities, we will miss many important opportunities in our lives. Some people will miss more than others.

I found Dr. Morris’ book fascinating and intriguing.  Being a philosopher, I really enjoyed the analysis of the concept of opportunity in this book. It is a nontechnical read but it is a book to dissect and read slowly. Only then will we take the time to decide whether or not certain opportunities are good for us.

First Reviewed on Blogcritics at http://blogcritics.org/book-review-opportunity-optimizing-lifes-chances-by-donald-morris/

Reviewed by:  Irene S. Roth

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ImageBeing a dog lover and knowing a little about Aneeta and her love for Ladoo, I just could not wait to read this book and as soon as it arrived, I just couldn’t put it down.
 
My family and I have had various breeds of dogs over the years; each loved tremendously including the long bodied Basset Hound but never a Dachshund. Man has over the centuries, through selective breeding changed the shape of dogs to suit particular roles and it was very interesting to learn more about this wonderful breed.
 
That Aneeta and Ladoo shared a very special bond is obvious, and the story of how these two souls became one, sharing their life together is lovely to read. The chapters enable the reader to see snippets of their lives, and appreciate this bond whilst learning a little about culture and life in Malaysia. 
 
The phrase ‘They were made for each other’ is quite commonly used; however, you only have to read this book to see a true example. Ladoo was a wonderful dog who not only gave herself heart and soul to Aneeta [and received the same in return] but also touched the souls of many other people with her amazing character.
 

I would recommend this book to any animal lover, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but afterwards it will also leave you with the knowledge that you have been allowed a glimpse into this really special relationship.

This book is being sold to support two charities and so the author would like to encourage people to buy directly from her or from the publishers via PayPal (please send an email to editor@howtotellagreatstory.com orucansurvive@gmail.com) to ensure the money received goes towards the two causes she wants to support
 

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

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