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Reflecting on the book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz opened my eyes to new concepts and some concepts I already knew but from a different perspective. Don Miguel Ruiz outlines the concepts surrounding his theory of the Four Agreements. He talks about the things who make us who we are versus who we could be. This book outlines the idea that we can define who we are and the world around us. Ruiz had a simple approach to combat the things that have been instilled in us which bring us pain. I saw a lot of connections to other books and even religions I have read or learned about in my life. Ruiz starts the book by talking about who we are and where we come from in our lives. From the time we are born we are conditioned to be who we are and follow the rules…

Being in control of your life is a tough task and is not for the faint of heart. It takes facing hard truths and opening yourself up to criticism. A good place to start learning how to be better at being yourself is through reading and learning from other people. As you all may know, I am finishing my bachelor’s degree and in one of my classes this semester I was required to read a book called The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander. This book talked about a number of ways to change your approach to life but one that stuck out to me the most is “Being the Board.” The idea of “Being the Board” is what the Zanders called the hardest of the principles to learn but the most important. The Art of Possibility was written by Benjamin Zander who is a conductor…