Feel-good literature at its best

2019-07-24 06:01
photo: suppliedAnthony Robbins wants to help you succeed.

photo: suppliedAnthony Robbins wants to help you succeed.

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Title: Awaken the Giant Within

Author: Anthony (Tony) Robbins.

Yes, thirty years after his famous infomercial, Tony Robbins is still alive and kicking

(with the same powerful kicks, I’m sure). Just when I thought I had nothing more to learn from those overzealous, I-sleep-only-thirty-seconds-a-day motivational speakers besides “always be positive” and “never stop trying” (even if I had only a plastic spoon to dig myself out of a stone prison), here comes Robbins (he’d want me to call him Tony) to show me — in a book published in the 1990s, mind you — that there’s so much of my attitude, beliefs and actions I’ve yet to evaluate.

How much more fulfilling would our lives be if we dedicated some of it to peel away the layers of our psyche and deeply consider the decisions we make instinctually every day?

I don’t know, but it sounds like it’s something we should be doing, right?

Let’s face it, we all roll our eyes at ideas like putting down who we are on paper (that’s supposed to be something only weird middle-class Americans do), but maybe we’re not as clear on that as we think until we have that dreaded blank page staring back at us, daring us to provide answers.

The problem with coming across motivational speakers when you’re young (and stupid) is you think they’re the solution to all your problems.

Now that I’m older (and a little less stupid), with a more balanced outlook, I find Robbins’ work radiating with relevance.

In a world that feels like it’s increasing its difficulty setting every new decade (statistics be damned), it’s refreshing to have someone unabashedly throw around words like “destiny”, tell you it’s going to be okay, and help you find the silver lining.

This book is a treasure trove of psychological insight, brimming with stories of people who have conquered unimaginable odds.

We’re all living in a mental prison of some kind, deluding ourselves into believing that some changeable things are not.

For those who can at least consider that, a dash of Robbins may be what you need to break the inhibiting patterns inside you and allow you to more purposefully utilise the precious time you have left.

This is feel-good literature at its best.

Did you know that everything Winston Churchill is famous for, he accomplished in his sixties.

— Review by Omar Sayed.

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