Are You Living Your Resume Or Your Eulogy? is a little book that contains some big messages. It’s a motivational, self-help one from Richard Sauerman who is better known as “The Brand Guy”. The latter has made it his full-time job to challenge people and teams to do “epic shit” and this title offers just enough positive psychology to enable readers to do the same.

This volume is divided into seven parts and contains anecdotes and inspirational short stories as well as advice that is easy to follow. It is trying to shock people out of their humdrum complacency and make them think twice about their actions. One particularly striking story is about a busking concert violinist in Washington DC that is included in order to remind us about the many beautiful things we pass every day without even noticing.

The biggest message in this manual is to get people thinking about their achievements. It also asks them to question whether their life is being lived like a list of resume items or things they’d actually like to be mentioned in their eulogy. It’s frank and down-to-earth and should allow some people to step back and realise that they’re not living up to their full potential.

Are You Living Your Resume or Your Eulogy? is a hodgepodge of different vignettes, tales and advice, which should force readers to ask some big questions and confront some larger issues.  It is ultimately an honest and inspirational chapter that should have a little something that resonates with everybody. In all, this is a small book that offers up some important food for thought.

***Please note: a free copy of this book was given to the writer through a Goodreads giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit:


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