I’ll admit to a bias here, but yes, I believe one book can make a difference.
There are different ways in which we learn and remember things, but our patterns of behaviour are created through repetitive pathways in the brain.
Let’s take a simple example to illustrate the point.
What happens when you open a packet of your dog’s favourite treats within a 10metre radius of where your dog is hanging out?
At HQ, we only have to execute the pre-opening rattle of the treat bag and we have a canine at our feet, sitting fabulously and looking at us like he has been starved for a week.
Time after time, he has been given a treat whenever he races to us. Come on, he said he has been starved for a week and I believe him.
The pathway in his brain has been repeated so many times that he doesn’t give it a second thought. Rattle – run – sit – dribble – treat. Job done.
It’s a well-trodden path and it’s how we train our canine friends. We repeat-repeat-repeat until they know what’s happening and we can communicate, safe in the knowledge that they know what we mean. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen, right?!
We repeat the behaviours that work for us.
That’s not to say they serve us all of the time. That’s certainly not to say they are good for us all of the time, but they do work for us.
We are what we repeatedly do.
I believe that young humans could benefit from a canine burst of inspiration to help them become what they repeatedly do.
Here’s the link to the book!