Sparks!

Ignite Your Way to Success (Lessons From the Experts Book 1)

Non-Fiction - Anthology
92 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2021
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Sparks! Ignite Your Way to Success is the first book in the Lessons from the Experts series, featuring writings from Sofia Santiago, Ph.D., Margarita Sarmiento, Chrystina Katz, and Charlotte Canion. This anthology offers professional advice that can help any reader add value to their personal and professional life. Readers will find insightful advice on change and personal development, time management and how to use it to improve productivity, effectively dealing with procrastination, and engineer success in personal life and business, tips on how to successfully maneuver out of one’s comfort zone and start living a life of significance, and a lot more.

Sparks! Ignite Your Way to Success features diverse and compelling voices from motivational speakers, executive coaches, entrepreneurs, and trainers. Each chapter deals with a unique, relevant topic, and offers angles that readers will find revolutionary. In this book, Sofia Santiago, Ph.D. writes about the power of the language of abundance and how to use it to create a winning mindset and reach deeper levels of success; Margarita Sarmiento explores the mindset of accomplishment and shows readers how to effectively complete actions that move them towards success; Chrystina Katz offers insights and advice on how to change the direction of one’s life and live with purpose; Charlotte Canion offers strategies on being at the top of one’s game. The writing flows with fluidity and the use of personal stories makes the book enjoyable and the messages easy to grasp. This is a collection from writers with a message that will, undoubtedly, help readers create the change and success they have always wanted. It is inspiring, motivational, and informative. You will find in this book what you need to take control of both your life and profession.

Sandy Masia

Sparks! Ignite Your Way to Success (Lessons From the Experts Book 1) is a self-help book by Sofia Santiago, Ph.D., Margarita Sarmiento, Chrystina Katz, and Charlotte Canion. The book comprises four essays from four successful women who are no strangers to challenges and working hard to improve their lot. Is Sparks! a book that will bring value to its readers? I am confident it will. Other than that, it is a pleasurable book to read; pleasure is valuable too. In it are strategies on how to break damaging habits, finding the courage to try new things, being your best self, and changing your thinking to improve your life.

Sofia Santiago's work is the opening essay, and it is a pleasant surprise in its style, execution, and wisdom. It is an evidence-based approach to using your thinking to unlock more opportunities by eliminating limiting beliefs, catastrophizing, and dichotomous thinking. One would think CBT is required for that kind of thing, but she manages to distill all of that into simple tips that are easy to follow, remember, and apply. These steps are mnemonic, invoking the mental steps one has to take to break the shackles of their own making.

The rest of the essays more or less follow that path. Introduce a problem, assess its impact, offer simple, easy to follow strategies on how to tackle those problems. Sparks! is a quick read that delivers on what it promises. It's well-balanced, educated, and eye-opening. Experience has given them wisdom. It is hard to impart wisdom and knowledge if it comes from experience, but these women have managed to communicate their ideas effectively—applause for their creativity.

Tommy Wong

The good part about Sparks! Ignite Your Way to Success is that the book is not written by one author. It is written by four. Sofia Santiago, Charlotte Canion, Margarita Sarmiento, and Chrystina Katz wrote Sparks! and they are all experts in their own fields. Indeed, Sparks! is Book 1 of the Lessons From the Experts series. So, the entire series is geared up for success. In Sparks!, the four authors have shared their expertise in four short chapters. These are concise guides for achieving success.

Who doesn’t like success? But the key question is how to get there? Especially if there are obstacles, then how to overcome them? Sparks! by Sofia Santiago, Charlotte Canion, Margarita Sarmiento, and Chrystina Katz provides the answers. I really like Chapter 1, Color Thinking: Speaking the Language of Abundance by Sofia Santiago. It suggests that we don’t have to see a problem in black and white. Instead, we can see it in colors which may bring up a range of options between the two extremes. This is the kind of expert advice that flows throughout the book. Chapter 2, If You Have To Do It Anyway, Just Do It: Move Into a Mindset of Accomplishment by Margarita Sarmiento suggests ways to overcome procrastination. The book is really well written and well organized with important points separated into sections, and the relevant references are listed in the footnotes. For those who are looking for success, Sparks! is a must-read.