Best is Temporary - Be Better

Non-Fiction - Self Help
284 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2019
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Author Biography

Joe Jekel holds a holistic approach to his lifestyle and perspectives, drawing schema from many theories of psychology, Eastern and Western philosophy, biology, quantum physics, physics, physiology, and kinesiology. Joe is a practitioner of multiple martial arts and fighting styles. Joe is avidly involved in physical fitness components of living a meaningful life.
Joe considers himself a warrior, philosopher/sage, jester, visionary, and a seeker/nomad as defined in the MADZOOK eight characters. Joe believes that individual responsibility and personal accountability are important keys in fulfilling one’s personal life long journey. Joe is a husband, a father, a son, a student and a mentor. Joe has a strong belief in energy manifestations, and freedom of personal choice in all matters of sexuality expressions or determinations. Joe postulates that a primary etiology construct for human development and performance enhancement derives from self - discovery and acceptance, in contrast to blind tolerance or allowing one to settle for something rather than choose it. Joe believes life is a journey of perpetual discovery and education summed of experiential life and academic knowledge. Joe’s philosophy, performance enhancement and all development constructs of the self, do not manifest wholly when candor or communication, honest perspectives and contexts are absent. Joe takes a position that confidence and an appreciation of beauty (yours and others) is vital to become accepting of your own ability and capabilities, without cynical judgments or envy and pride as disruptions of the process.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? How did I get here? What can I do to better my life? These are questions we all ask ourselves at one time or another. We are all on a road to self-discovery but each of us has our own unique way of reaching self-actualization. Throughout this guide, you will learn how your expectations, choices, and thoughts determine your outcome. What are the four types of communication and how can you execute each one more effectively? What are cognitive biases and distortions, and how are they affecting your life? Why are you failing to reach your goals and how can you create an action plan that you can follow? Unlike other self-help guides, Best is Temporary - Be Better by Joe Jekel requires a greater deal of participation by the reader, but in doing so you will understand the workings of the human mind, giving you all the tools you need to reach your greatest potential.

I was literally blown away by the contents of Best is Temporary - Be Better by Joe Jekel. It contains so much information regarding personal development. This is definitely not a book for someone who just wants a simple self-help book to find the motivation to change. This guide really digs deep into the human mind so you will understand the meaning behind every thought and action. I loved the self-efficacy and self-confidence comparison and the explanation of intuition and empathy. The Nine Interrogatives analysis was explained in detail but so clearly that anyone would be able to follow. This will help anyone make more informed choices. The teachings of Maslow, Jung, and Madzook really enhanced this guide and again explained so clearly. The questionnaires and exercises at the end of the guide were just the icing on the cake for me. It enabled me to bring all that I had learned throughout the book together. This is definitely not a guide for someone who likes to be told how to improve their personal development. If you want more than a self-help guide and to discover the true meaning of the human psyche then this guide is for you. Highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Best is Temporary – Be Better is a work of non-fiction centered around self-help and self-discovery and was penned by author Joe Jekel. Written in a developmental atmosphere, the title of the book best sums up its philosophy on the road to self-improvement. Whereas being the best at something suggests a capacity that has been fully reached, with nowhere left to aim, becoming better and better each day is a journey that can be celebrated by each increment but also puts no final limitations on your progress. It is with this belief in mind that the volume goes on to explore strategies and implementations to daily life that can lead to such betterment.

Author Joe Jekel has some really good ideas on the notion of self-betterment, and he intertwines these concepts with a solid grounding in philosophy and psychology as the work unfolds over its fifteen highly engaging chapters. Though not every approach will immediately resonate, the work as a whole covers the full progression towards an evolution of the self, and there are many daily practices that can be implemented along the way, and questions and appraisals we can put to ourselves to be more critical about our growth. The tone of the book is confident and inspiring, delivering cogent knowledge with a strong assurance of its many benefits for the reader. Overall, Best is Temporary – Be Better is likely to become a bedside mantra for those who fully embrace its powerful ideology: a well-written and highly recommended self-help work.

Mamta Madhavan

Best Is Temporary - Be Better by Joe Jekel is an insightful and thought-provoking book that will guide readers to delve into their own self-discovery and performance enhancement processes, and become better individuals every day. The inspiring quotes, introduction to the existing works of great minds, and powerful enhancement practices shared by the author will help readers understand that excelling in personal growth is more important when it comes to any type of competition. Reading this book will encourage everyone to become focused on their individual achievements and realize that individuality begins with self-discovery. The Madzook Method discussed in the book helps identify the four distinct areas of personal discovery and development through a five-stage process. So what are you waiting for? Let us identify who we are and who we want to become, and enhance our personal performance.

The topic is fresh and the author's perspective is encouraging and positive. This manual will help readers look into themselves and see where changes are required to make them positive thinkers. It will help them avoid and eliminate negativity in themselves, their relationships both at home, workplace, and environments, and increase awareness. The tips and techniques are easy to follow and understand and can be applied to daily life so that conscious decisions are influenced positively. The author's holistic approach and outlook, along with the four pillars of Madzook and the Madzook Mathematical Rules, will motivate readers to think differently, become a better version of themselves, and start enjoying every single day of their lives.

Rabia Tanveer

Best is Temporary - Be Better by Joe Jekel is a self-help book that makes it possible for you to become better every day. Striving to become the best can be limiting; it means that you have a certain capacity that can only be reached once and then there is no possibility of growth beyond that. By striving to become better, you are opening more avenues for yourself to grow, enhance your abilities and become better with every passing day. Such an ideology is strong enough for you to enjoy a fulfilling life while setting new boundaries that are targeted towards your personal growth. The author has shared some brilliant ideas that, if executed properly, can help you increase your personal skills, improve your health and increase your quality of life. This is about your personal growth, how you perceive yourself and how you want to be perceived. If you believe in yourself, in your abilities, and appreciate yourself, you can become a better version of yourself every day.

This is a very useful and positive self-help book. Self-help books are positive in general, but this one, in particular, is on another level. The author’s idea about striving to become better every day rather than trying to become the best is very poignant. He shares the idea from the get-go and allows the reader to digest the information being provided at their own pace. He does not use any big words, he isn’t making claims; he just fills the reader with positive energy and allows them to have faith in themselves. I also enjoyed the fact that the author left the end goal to the reader; we can decide what we want to improve and how we want to improve it. The potential is within all of us; it is just what we make of it. Very well-written with a solid foundation.

Astrid Iustulin

The importance of self-discovery and individual improvement cannot be underestimated. However, many people nowadays do not have a clue about where to start their journey to become a better person. If you want to find out more about yourself and want to make the world a better place, then Joe Jekel’s Best Is Temporary – Be Better is the right book to consult. Through many quotes, techniques, and references, Jekel explains that your aim is not to be the best but to become better every day. Best Is Temporary – Be Better points out how important it is to have the right mindset, ask the right questions, and improve your education. In short, it will reveal to you how to have a positive attitude towards yourself and the world.

Best Is Temporary – Be Better is a book that can be useful to many readers. Its analysis is consistent and logical, and its recommendations are valuable. I like that Jekel points out the difference between awareness and mindfulness, the importance of education, communication, and competence because these are tools that empower people. I also appreciated the structure of the book. Jekel accompanies the reader through progressive steps, and each chapter is the right complement to the previous one. In this way, the reader will find it easy to follow Jekel's reasoning and what they should do to become better people. I think Best Is Temporary – Be Better is a book that goes against the mainstream because it offers rare and precious advice. People can really improve themselves if they put these suggestions into practice.