Grind for the Mind Book Box Review + Coupon – September 2017
Grind for the Mind is a monthly self-improvement book subscription that provides a personalized package of books. You can choose between five different categories of self-improvement. As an added bonus, you can also receive monthly content emails and access to their reward program!
You have the option of one book for $12.99 or two books for $22.99, in the following categories: Happiness, Success & Motivation, Business & Wealth, Mindfulness/Spirituality, and Health & Fitness.
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This is a review of the Two Books, $22.99 a month, box. Books in the Health & Fitness and Success & Motivation categories were sent.
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Grind for the Mind is a new subscription box that was established this year! In this month’s box I received a few different cards that outlined a few details about the box and benefits, how to find them on Instagram, and a detailed card about their rewards program. You can get discounts each month simply by referring a friend to Grind for the Mind.
Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire – Value on Amazon $22.36 (retail price $26.95)
The first book of the month is Wired to Create, unraveling the mysteries of the creative mind. I have always been interested in learning more about the creative mind and how a more creative way of thinking can impact your day to day. Now that I have a toddler, I am constantly encouraging his creativity, but wonder how that will translate when he goes to school. Hopefully, this book will help shine a light and provide different tools and learnings that I can use for myself and for my son over the years as his personality and interests evolve. I also have a few family members that are absolutely ‘creative minds’ that I think would really love borrowing my copy!
Book Summary on Amazon:
Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people:
Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently
With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives.
Fail Fast, Fail Often by Ryan Babineaux, Ph. D. & John Krumboltz, Ph. D. – Value on Amazon $13.21 (retail price $15.95)
The second book of the month is Fail Fast, Fail Often, how losing can help you win. Failure is a part of life, but if you are anything like me it is something that can bring on a lot of fear. For me, not wanting to ‘mess up’ means that I am constantly planning and figuring out my next move or always asking myself why if something goes off of that plan. This book is for me because it is meant to take you through ways to allow you to understand that failing is ok, and tools to make sure you stay on track. I cannot wait to finish this book!
Book Summary on Amazon:
Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz, psychologists, career counselors, and creators of the popular Stanford University course “Fail Fast, Fail Often,” have come to a compelling conclusion: happy and successful people tend to spend less time planning and more time acting. They get out into the world, try new things, and make mistakes, and in doing so, they benefit from unexpected experiences and opportunities.
Drawing on the authors’ research in human development and innovation, Fail Fast, Fail Often shows readers how to allow their enthusiasm to guide them, to act boldly, and to leverage their strengths—even if they are terrified of failure.
Verdict: This was my first time receiving Grind for the Mind, and overall I was very impressed! I haven’t utilized the month email content yet, but I am excited to see how those will align with the books that I received. Receiving two books for the monthly fee of $22.99 a month means that the overall value of each book would need to be around $11.50. If you look to purchase each book online, you would spend more than that!
If you are a book lover like me, then this box is absolutely for you! Plus, there is the added benefit that this box is exclusively focused on self-improvement, which is something that I am constantly looking for books on. This box allows me to receive books to my door that I might not have found or purchased on my own. I can’t wait to finish both books and then pass them on to a family member or friend that I know would love them, a bonus of having an actual hard copy of a book! Great job Grind for the Mind, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me next month!
Have you subscribed to Grind for the Mind yet? What did you think of the September box?