Yes. It assumes you are already relatively happy, secure, confident and have a perfect work ethic., People who need a book with the above title are probably not yet capable of throwing themselves selflessly into any pursuit or wherever they put their attention the way the author has in his personal stories. Those of us with divided interests and abilities not to mention indecision or confidence issues cannot relate.
Realize that the world of people seeking advice about achieving real-world success and happiness aren't all squeaky clean, presentable, college graduates with Sunday school teacher tonality to life. If I don't see advice as applying to both a stuck or burnt out executive at 50 something AND inner city youths who must choose between fortitude and chaos I don't see it as a "guide to success" etc.
Probably not. In his defense, he's been through some doubtful times, but never leaves his clean-cut, wholesome network, just-get-a-degree world. I know a lot of people like him and I don't think the world needs more of these people's kinds of ideas. We already live in a world of too many of these kinds of ideas.
No, I kept waiting for it to become more real and applicable to people NOT like me and the author. Or more accurately, more applicable to the sides of myself not like the author.
I would put this book alongside Quitter -Acuff and The Charge - Burchard. Where, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the advice, in fact, it can be inspiring at times. But the whole thing comes from a clean-cut Midwestern sunday picnic college-graduate-world tonality that doesn't apply to the people whose voices we need to hear. There are loners and outsiders out there who can really radically improve the world with their passion and ideas, but don't have a happy shiny 45 second elevator pitch and will never "find a way in" or proliferate those ideas though they may seek guidance from books like these. It is these people the world actually needs to find a way to "make amazing things happen" and need "a guide to real-world success". Books that are more in the trenches of digging deep and finding personal change so you can begin to share your gifts with the world would be "Do the Work" Pressfield, The Willpower Instinct by McGonigal (about learning to live more deliberately), and possibly "How" by Dov Baron (which discusses how the tonality of the work we do (even in a corporate culture) can increase its effectiveness, meaning, and even importance.)
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