Huff’s Newest Book: Think Smart Not Hard: 52 Key Principles To Success And Happiness
Roy Huff’s newest book bares his life, bumps, bruises and all, as he advises readers how to be happy and accomplish their goals. Fifty-two principles for 52 weeks. You may have heard some of the principles. But here is a guy with five degrees who came from the urban ghetto and experimented to see what did not work first.
Non-fiction books don’t review like fiction books. There is no plot. Roy Huff contacted me and sent me a PDF to review. Therefore it has no cover picture I can share with you. There are no statistics on it, yet. Other reviews against which I can bounce my ideas don’t exist.
Huff’s newest book introduces systems
Huff’s newest book presents systems that jump all over life’s arena of difficulties. Roy speaks from experience.
“I myself was born on the mouth of Chesapeake River then moved to Kentucky as a young child,
where I lived in a dilapidated trailer park until the age of six. From there, I moved to an urban ghetto in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived with my mother in abject poverty until I graduated high school at seventeen. I had an absentee father who struggled with mental illness and a history of abuse. He eventually died of AIDS when I was 21.” (p. 4)
When he says, “Forgiveness doesn’t mean you won’t remember; it means you stop thinking about
revenge and hatred, and instead focus on becoming the best possible version of yourself,” you know he understands what it means to forgive. (p. 7)
Hatred doesn’t fuel accomplishments like Huff achieved as forgiveness could. His work is believable.
While Huff’s newest book doesn’t include many stories from others who have overcome obstacles to achieve success and happiness, there are many examples from his life. He offers 52 principles, but within each segment, Huff provides specific how-to advice.
Interestingly the chapter entitled “Fiscal Responsibility” is Chapter 11. When he speaks about finances, for example, he suggests resources such as “Dave Ramsey has an excellent free budget tool called Every Dollar.” (p. 126)
Here is an example of his down to earth advice. “…Let’s analyze what three cups of coffee a week at $5 a cup could earn you if you invested that money instead of spending it. Let’s say you take that $15 a week and save it for a year, that’s $15 times 52 weeks, which equals $780 by the end of the year. If you invested that $780 in an ETF (exchange traded fund) that tracks the market such as SPY (Spider, which tracks the S&P 500), or DIA (which tracks the Dow Jones Industrial Average), and earns an average of 8%, that $780 would be worth $16,945.05 in 40 years.” (p. 131)
When I was an educational administrator, we often talked about putting the correct systems in place to make our work more efficacious, effective and efficient. Huff says that his 52 principles are life systems. The premise of Huff’s newest book is that if you put the right systems in place, then your life should run smoother.
“Thinking smart also means making the most of your time and learning ways that reduce the effort required to learn and retain that knowledge longer…, but habit also influences mental and physical learning. To develop a good habit, put in place a routine. Routines become habits.
An action plan and a calendar can put those routines in place.”( p. 149)
Read Huff’s 52 Principles
I can vouch for many of these principles because many of them are the foundations of my life as well. By the way, if you want a great calendar for blogging, I have one you can download and use for free.
So my advice to you is to pick up Huff’s newest book and give it a quick read. Especially if you just graduated from high school or college, go back to it, check it in-depth to carry out the strategies. If you’ve had some successes in high school and college, reflect. What principles brought you success?
What did you do when you met obstacles? Question them. Figure out how to make his guidance work in your life. Much like Ben & Me, if you do one life-changing principle a week, it will take you a year to get through all of them.
If you’re older than a young to middle adult, then read Huff’s newest book and buy a copy for your children or grandchildren. Work through Huff’s newest book as a life workbook with them or with a group of young people. I think that’s what I might do with my Virtual Assistant class.
Roy Huff’s Bio
“Roy Huff is a research scientist, author, and teacher who overcame the hardship of a family plagued by severe poverty and mental illness. After graduating high school as Valedictorian a year early, he moved to Hawaii at the age of seventeen with only $100 in his pocket to start a new life.” More on Amazon.