The Donkey Principle
The Secret to Long-Haul Living in a Racehorse World
by Rachel Anne Ridge
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 04 Jun 2023
Tyndale House Publishers, Tyndale Momentum
Some of us feel like donkeys in a world that celebrates racehorses—the shiny and flashy success stories that make us question our own worth and abilities. But life isn't about competing for gold medals. It’s about understanding your unique strengths and using them to mine all the gold that’s already within you.
A delightful blend of short reflections and original illustrations, Rachel Anne Ridge’s The Donkey Principle has a central, timely message: Embracing your inner donkey is the key to overcoming obstacles, creating lasting change, and achieving meaningful success.
Each chapter of The Donkey Principle includes:
- Beautiful, original, block print art
- Memorable stories and practical wisdom that will inspire you to gain new perspective and take action that will unlock your future
- Ideas to help you discover your own strength and perseverance
- Inspiration for moving forward with your personal definition of success
If you’re looking for an inspiring read, this charming book is for you! Let Rachel provide the motivation you need to keep going through difficult situations, especially if you need a “gentle kick” in the right direction to find the path and work that suits you best.
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“Some of us feel like donkeys in a world that celebrates racehorses - the shiny and flashy success stories that make us question our own worth and abilities. But life isn't about competing for gold medals. It’s about understanding your unique strengths and using them to mine the gold that’s already within you.”
Oh. My. Goodness. I needed this book.
There’s nothing like social media to make one feel inadequate, is there?! Come on, be honest with yourself. You check the stats, the comments, the likes, other people’s beautifully created photos/reels. I know you do. STOP. COMPARING. It’s the thief of joy.
The paragraph below stopped me in my tracks and the tears started flowing. I re-read it over. Again. And. Again.
“Good leaves room for falling down, for the unexpected, for grace. It understands that some of life’s most priceless gifts are wrapped in ordinary packages. It gives permission for being kind to yourself and others. Don’t let your desire to be the best rob you of the goodness that’s all around you or take away your ability to do good in the moment. Stop trying to live your best life. Live your ‘goodest’ life instead.”
Rachel, I loved your GOLD framework, the ‘Dig Deeper’ workbook questions at the end of each section, and the lovingly placed hugs between the pages of your spectacular book. I especially loved the chapter titled “Joyful.”
Future readers, as you turn over the last page, you’ll have a big smile and your heart will be warmed knowing that what this world needs
🐴 Fewer racehorses and more donkeys.
🐴 Less spectacle and more substance.
🐴 Service over show.
🐴 Impact, not just entertainment.
I’m thankful for the reminder that I was designed to live well for the long haul.
You need this book. Source it now. In the meantime, check out the donkeys’ social media page ‘flashandhenry.’
I was gifted this impactful book by Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.