Book Reviews

Monsters and How to Tame Them

What a book, wow! I don’t think I have laughed as much reading a business book ever and I am certainly going to read his other book called I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. But in terms of this book, what a read, it is a very personal book and reveals a lot about Kevin’s past, his experience in climbing up to stardom and also what happens when you get there and try to stay there. 

I have read books on this topic before, but rarely have I been able to relate to them so well. This is not because we have had similar lives, not at all, but the way he writes and explains them is not only super easy and enjoyable to read. It is explained in a way that simply makes sense. There is no technical jargon, no sob story (although this journey was not easy for Kevin) but a clear explanation of the 3 traits that all humans have, explained through 7 monsters, with names such as the “Not Me Monster,” “Approval Monster,” “Comparison Monster,” etc. I am sure you can work out some of the others.

He then goes on to explain how to work out which ones are affecting you right now (this changes throughout your life) and how to deal with them and keep them in check, whilst also making it very clear that you cannot kill these monsters, they are inside all of us. We just need to learn how to deal with them through the rest of our lives. All this is done through explaining how they have affected him, and how he has and is still dealing with them, and the consequences of not dealing with them. 

Much of this is Kevin being extremely honest with his struggles and mistakes in the past, incredibly openly but throwing a comedy veil over it all which makes it just so enjoyable. Everyone can relate to this book, and everyone would gain a lot from it, even if it is just constant laughs. 

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