Book Reviews

Finding the Gaps: Transferable Skills to Be the Best You Can Be by Simon Taufel

  • Author: Simon Taufel
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan India (15 October 2019)
  • Language: English

Book Review (1)

Simon Taufel is recognized as one of the best umpires in the history of Cricket. He’s famous for his skills both on and off-field. Finding the Gaps is the book that contains Simon’s secrets to success where he shares nuggets of wisdom.

I was thrilled to read his work which though focusses a bit too much on umpiring, also makes it a point that the content addresses the common challenges. The author has divided the information into chapters and focusses on one key aspect, at a time. He drives the conversation with his readers through sharing moments from his life. That keeps a reader engaged with the book. The writing is simple, comprehensible, and perfectly applicable in all the domains of our life. At the end of each chapter, you’d find the key points summarised concisely which keeps the process of learning smooth.

I specifically loved the part where the author talks about scenario-based planning and goes on to explain the six key areas involved in world-class preparation. His prime objective of talking about improving our lives turns out to be significantly fruitful. Sharing my favorite quotes from the book:

  • We are humans, after all, there are events that happen that we need to friend about, and opening up to others and speaking freely is a great way to reach the end of that grieving process faster.
  • Be really clear and specific about what you want to achieve.
  • Unless you use the elements of the routine for their desired purpose with purpose, you are just going through the process of ticking a box.
  • Resisting change of the non-controllables is a big red flag to advancement and progression. You need to find a way, take a shot, and keep a growth mindset.
  • Learning about your trade or craft mostly happens off the field; seek and find opportunities to engage with experienced people.
  • Pressure can create a diamond or burst a pipe.
  • Conflict is inevitable but fighting and arguing are optional.
  • Focus beats concentration.
  • Bouncebackability – the skill of facing a setback or failure and being able to regroup, refocus, and get back on track to face the next challenge.
  • Discipline is the difference.
  • To be successful, you need to commit time, energy, and other resources. It is critical to do the things you love.
  • You have to want it, earn it, and deliver it. Be very clear about why you are doing what you are doing and be comfortable to pay the price for that commitment.
  • Life is short, enjoy the journey.

If you are looking forward to a good non-fiction read, you should definitely pick this one!


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