Richard Carlson is a very monotone reader. In addition, for some odd reason he repeats some points several times without mention he covered the topic before... as if he had to add copy to the book for length and decided to repeat topics to do so. The woman who speaks to introduce each topic is just as bland. I have listened to many self help books. Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Rhonda Byrne.. all are making very similar points but with much more passion and emotion. This feels so bland in comparison and as if he lifted some of their earlier ideas,,, and Eckhart Tolle can be bland to listen to, so that is saying something.
He also, oddly, seems to add "plugs" for "how lovable his wife is" and "how great his daughters are" and I think he adds plugs in the middle of chapters for other people in his life that just don't fit. The reader doesn't want to hear Carlson earn points with his family by making sure to mention them each as the book goes on in glowing terms. All those comments should have been dropped from the text, they are distracting and make you roll your eyes.
He also makes sure we know that every selfish and bad behavior he talks about he used to display himself, until he learned these valuable lessons.... Carlson must have been such a joy to be around if all this is true.
Please know, I am not trying to "bash" this title. I am sure it's well intentioned and I had to think a bit before writing this, but there are much better books covering most of the same material.
I had picked up some interesting tips I will note, but not much new.
Anyone who could read the test with some passion. Even when Carlson attempts to sound excited or upset, it sounds like he's reading to a 1st grade class. I'm surprised they cast him to read it.
This book DOES have redeeming qualities. It does have tips that are useful. I am glad I listened to it. I just felt it was too long, repeated itself needlessly and should have been read by someone else.
I love how simple and straightforward the concepts and practices are, I didn't even realize how difficult I was making my life for myself until it was pointed out! So on point on so many things we do to ourselves, I had to chuckle and laugh at myself for getting caught up in what turns out to be really small things. I'm definitely going to listen to the entire book not just one more time but again and again for reminding myself to appreciate the big things, and to not sweat the small things!
I REALLY LOVED IT. I'M GONNA TRY TO PRACTICE THIS IN MY LIFE CAUSE I AM SURE I WILL BE HAPPIER.
I think I can apply some of these strategies. Just listening them make me feel hopeful that I can be more at peace. Although some of them seem to overlap an repeat the same concept.
This book has changed my life. Never has a book rang more true and given such sound guidance on how to manage the stress of "small stuff". I am forever grateful that Richard Carlson wrote this book and I was able to listen to it on Audible. Highly recommend!!