The Better Life by Claire Diaz-Ortiz: Book Review

Have you ever wondered how you can improve on your life right now and be your best?

One of the earliest employees of  Twitter, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, has a few ideas on how you can make your life better, and she’s turned it into a book, The Better Life. This slim paperback is a quick read with each chapter being only about three pages long. Diaz-Ortiz holds an MBA and has studied at Oxford and Stanford. In The Better Life, she talks often about her experiences working in an orphanage in a foreign country.


The suggestions listed on the back: “Say yes. Say no. Quit something…. Become a morning person…” some of these ideas are within the realm of time or energy management, but that’s not what this book is about. This is all about Diaz-Ortiz’s life, centered around her experiences as a Twitter employee, a world traveler, or as a new mother.

The chapter titles look like themes for time management or life management, themes like “Set Your Intentions”, “Learn to Rest”, “Do Something Big”, “Disconnect, and “Read More”. These titles have great potential, and they make sense for the stories the author is telling. However, the connection to the reader is either missing or very short… the emphasis is more on what the author is saying rather than on how the reader can benefit. A scan of The Better Life‘s front and back cover may lead you to believe that this a time management or life-efficiency book; it’s not. The Better Life is probably best intended for those who enjoy interesting stories, and those who appreciate a writing style that is clear, simple and organized well.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Better Life from the Moody Publishers Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest review.


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