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Part One starts with the usual self-help stuff that you've heard before. You know. You want to change your life? Well, how are you living each day? Imagine each day, the perfect day. Then live it. Every aspect of it. Make those changes. ACTION, action, action. The fuel for change that will keep you going? Discover The Big Why behind what you'd like to do.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not (totally) knocking it. Dissatisfaction abounds in our society and these things really help. Imagine thinking long and hard about what you'd like from your day: power over your maddening emotions, being kinder to the animals who love you, being kinder to the people who love you, appreciating the stillness of the sun as it sets as you sit in the daily traffic jam. There's a lot of peace to be had.
It's just that it's been said a lot of places before. However, this book, I must admit, has it all collected in one place.
Part Two: And there's more, and this is simply that I respect Jairek Robbins. I don't know why, after spending the first part of the book working with run of the mill people, plus already successful business types, and such, he finally gets to traveling the world and talking about how little most people in the world have. He makes plans to go to Uganda to teach organic farming in a place that has no electricity, running water. Is over the moon to be able to give back. (Of course, it's kind of a diatribe against people who aren't supportive of him until he FINALLY comes to terms with everyone who dissed him)
And Suddenly Part Three: MALARIA! (No, I'm not giving anything away). I just think that, okay, this, as a turning point and inspiration to Robbins, stands out, but it brings "Live It!" firmly back into the fold of general self-help, biography.
So here it is. You want a self-help book that will help you appreciate each day? The first part of the book is probably what you'll appreciate it (or Joseph Clough's "Be Your Potential" on audible). But if you think you're going to change your whole life from this book? Well, you might, actually (you'd be a far better person than I, but that wouldn't be a stretch). I got this as a kindle bundle so it was cheap. I suggest you do the same, or a half credit, or a Daily Deal.
(Uhm, better yet? If you're serious about change? "Be Your Change" is $6.95 >nudge, nudge, wink, wink< )
41 of 46 people found this review helpful
This reads like a young person's journey to discover himself and become a self-help coach. As such, there's a lot more relatable stories to young adults than someone who's been married and had kids, and has been "successful" for the past twenty years already. It's more about the beginning of the journey of defining your priorities and starting the life you want to lead. He discusses moving countries, living in the third world, working jobs as a teenager, and exploring the possibilities of his "authentic self", and making mistakes along the way. One was almost lethal.
I feel like this book should be marketed as a Young Adult book. It would have been an excellent read in college, for students on the leadership track who are afraid of high expectations for the future. It reminds us that it's okay to move cities, sleep in a room without a door, work for a moment in a job we dislike, if these are the first steps to getting out from other people's visions of us and building the life we want to lead.
It's like a SparkNotes, young adult version of Stephen Covey, Napoleon Hill, etc. It is also helpful at calming you down and reminding you that you don't need to chase "success" in a field you aren't interested in. That's actually misery disguised as success.
The beginning chapter of audio has some tin can quality to it, but it gets better. The author is a good narrator, very enthusiastic and contemplative.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Like father like son. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Well of course many similarities to Anthony Robbins material. I have known Jairek since he was about 10 and with his dad at different projects. Enjoy the book. I recommend it totally
There's nothing new here. Same old message of gratitude and visualisation. Make lists, keep journals etc etc.
I lost a little respect for the author when he implied that being overweight can be healthy and I outright gave upon him after the section where he was dying of malaria and had to call his parents for advice as to whether to get a life saving injection or let his body "heal itself" Doesn't seem like someone who should be handing out life lessons. Not for me.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful