Book Review: The Core of Success by John Belvedere

“Once you have a better understanding of yourself, you can begin to explore the potential paths that align with your passions, strengths, values, and goals.”

John Belvedere, The Core of Success

Title: The Core of Success: Step by Step Principles for Achieving Anything – Mastering the Skills of Top Performers to Build Happiness, Wealth & Freedom
Author: John Belvedere
Genres: Non-fiction, Self-help
Pages: 149 (Kindle)
Published: December 16th, 2022

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 3/11/2023 – 3/14/2023


Not intimidating in length and extremely organized, The Core of Success is a great starting point for people looking to bring some organizational skills to their lives and for people who are ready to put in the work to start achieving their goals.

Each chapter covers different exercises to aid in personal growth and in some cases mental health management. These are the keys to success. The format makes it easy to go back and jump around as well with bullet points placed toward the end of the chapters.

There were a lot of exercises I highlighted to revisit later, the first of which that comes to mind being the ‘Eisenhower Matrix’. I like that each section wasn’t dragged out. It was simple and to the point which makes it (for me, anyway) a great introduction for further research. Self-help books are hit or miss for me, so I’m happy with how much I enjoyed this one.

A huge thanks to the author’s team for sending me a free digital copy of the book to read and review!

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Small and simple steps that equal up to something bigger.
  • Well-organized.
  • The exercises can be tailored to each reader’s individual needs.

What I didn’t like:

  • This could just be the PDF format I was reading, but the paragraph breaks weren’t super clear and there was a lack of indentation/space.


I’m looking forward to sitting down with a notebook and giving some of these exercises a try. I liked the tone of the book a lot and it was very uplifting.

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