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Book Review: 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman

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Peter Bregman’s 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done is a wonderful self-help book which provides readers valuable advice on how to cope in a fast-paced world plagued by too much change and disequilibrium.

Bregman believes that to move forward each person needs to let go of limiting beliefs and feelings which dwell too much on the past. A corollary is to rest at regular intervals so the mind can relax and refuel itself.

The author believes that each of us should set goals and reach higher than lower. At bottom, Bregman believes that we should never settle for less than we are capable of achieving. That means identifying and exploiting fully our strengths, as well as hidden passions all of us have to do things that transcend ourselves.

Planning can be very problematic for people, according to the author. This is why focus is important so that strength areas can be gleaned and differences can be ironed out with other people.

Part of planning involves articulating what outcome is desirable and achievable given practical constraints and limited resources. Bregman’s key emphasis on planning also involves identifying goals that matter instead of wasting time with peripheral matters that detract from goal attainment.

18 Minutes is an excellent book which provides practical advice on how to view the world as it is within the context of personal relations and the limited resources most people face in moving forward. In addition, the author provides excellent advice on how to weed through extraneous and distracting tasks in favor of doing things that really need to get done.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.