Personal development for smart peopleThis is the first book review that I make on this site, and I as wanted to be really original I’ve been repeating the cycle of writing and deleting everything I wrote for over a month now, until I realized that my best option was to simply put In words the effect that reading this book had on me. By the way, I think that the author calls this kind of acting “to honor the truth”.

So Instead of describing in a detailed manner how well written, or how correctly organized I think it is, I’ll be very brief on that and move forward to the more personal review.
The book, divided in two parts starts describing what the author calls the seven core principles of positive growth and change:

Truth,
Love,
Power,
Oneness,
Authority,
Courage,
and
Intelligence.

The first 3 principles are the real core, and the later 4 are are directly derived from the first three, just like the sum (or perhaps mixture) of them. He states that Oneness is truth plus love, Authority is truth plus power, Courage is love plus Power, And intelligence is the total combination of truth, love, and power.

The second part of the book aims to prove that the seven principles are far from theoretical and can be applied in every aspect of our lives, showing examples, recommendations and exercises to be used in the fields of

Habits,
Career,
Money,
Health,
Relationships,
and
Spirituality.

After this quick overview of the book and also after adding the fact that I really enjoyed reading it, I should add that I’ve been reading Steve Pavlina’s blog for quite some time now (I “accidentally” discovered it when I was considering starting my own site/blog, back on early 2006) and I must say that while I really enjoy reading his posts and although I consider that blog as a great source of information for everyone that aims for self growth, the effect of the ideas that I got from there were great but somehow I lacked the will to even try them out on my own life and evaluate the results.
Until I read his book, I couldn’t find the foundation behind every post, but now a lot of things I’ve read in the blog are making more sense to me, and thus I began taking them more seriously.

With this I’m not saying that the blog isn’t positive enough just by itself. I think that I just needed something that connected all the aspects of personal development as a whole.

A couple examples of some of the tools that I am finally using are:

  • The 30 day trial method: I’m trying a new vegetarian diet right now. If I determine that it’s a positive change I’ll keep it, and then perhaps try a vegan diet (and then a raw diet, and then a breatharian, and then I’ll spontaneously combust)
  • I’m discovering the aspects of my life that I’d really like to change (assigning a score from one to ten to every one, and then putting a one at every aspect that is not a nine or a ten)

And I have to be honest and confess that it’s been two years since I’ve tried what I think is the most powerful exercise ever recommended by Steve: The life purpose exercise.
For those who doesn’t know it, it involves listing all that you may think that your purpose in life is, no matter what comes out of your mind. The idea is to keep listing until one of those statements makes you cry.
I started the exercise, but I left it unfinished after 20 minutes and haven’t retried it.
It’s funny to admit that y lacked the power and courage to finish it, but I’m sensing that I’m almost ready to look at the mirror again.

Summarizing, I think that Steve made a wonderful job outlining a logical framework that can bring together so many apparently incongruent aspects of our lives, such as money and love, in a coherent and understandable way.

To be concise, I’m now using this book as a catalyst for personal growth.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Steve, not only for allowing me to read a review copy of the book, but also for sharing his personal life, his mistakes and his discoveries with everybody.

If you’d like to read this book, which of course I highly recommend, you can buy it at amazon.com using this link.

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