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2.0 out of 5 starsHad High Hopes, But Sadly the Perspective is Narrow
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
I went back and forth before deciding to buy this book. I've become a fan of Marie's over the past year and as someone who has struggled with certain challenges I've not been able to overcome despite my many many efforts, I still wanted to invest in myself and in a resource that could possibly challenge me in some way, help me to gain new perspective and ultimately help and empower me in finding solutions to shift my circumstances in a positive direction. Unfortunately (sadly), this book did not provide any of that. While I appreciate the personable and encouraging tone (which made it an easier read than most books), there were still a few things that were disheartening throughout and, for me, one general attitude in particular. Despite acknowledging privileges and injustices and the fact that there are valid reasons and obstacles that can impact our lives, they're glossed over as if they hold no significance, and relegated to excuse-making and not taking personal responsibility/accountability. There are external forces that detrimentally impair and impact the lives of many, and even hinder getting opportunities to compel positive change despite many best efforts (your response in spite of what happens to you). But they're generally dismissed as if they hold no substantial relevance at all. And supporting anecdotes are used to support various one-sided rather privileged arguments (and the glaring privileges aren't even acknowledged). I've heard some of the ideas expressed in the book before, via her videos and podcasts, but was hoping for something new and with more substance that would help me, challenge me, in some way. I didn't get it with this book. It takes on a different approach than some other "self help" style books, which is greatly appreciated and can prove useful and more palatable to folks who've never picked up such a book before. But, for me, it doesn't go far enough and maximize the impact it could've had. Too much on affirming certain arguments, too little on expanding space (narrative) to include those whose experiences aren't so linear and are indeed substantially affected by external factors deemed "significant...yet insignificant" (my opinion of how she addresses things like injustices and bias based on how she breezes over their significance) that may impede or outright stop someone's progress, no matter what positive leaning beliefs they adopt, or how much work they put in.
3.0 out of 5 starsCould do more harm than good for people who are "figuring out" mental health issues
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
The works of Brene Brown, Simon Sinek, and Elizabeth Gilbert have changed my worldview and, consequently, my life--absolutely for the better--so when I saw that all three recommended this book, I decided to give it a read. Unlike many of the reviewers I've read so far, I'd never heard of Marie Forleo before this week.
I want to preface my review with a bit of my personal standpoint, because I do think that's relevant when it comes to self-help books. Most that I've read (or read many reviews/quotes of and then decided NOT to read *cough*Rachel Hollis*cough*) were either heavy on the "pull yourself up by the bootstraps and get it done" mentality, or focused on slow, methodical healing of the mind and soul (often with the help of real-life therapies). As both a passionate entrepreneur and PTSD survivor, I personally tend to prefer books that fall somewhere in between--doing hard mindset work while also honoring your past and working through it, even when it means you are not creative or productive for a period of time. I am not a fan of the "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" method because when you leave the uncomfortable mental health stuff behind in favor of productivity, you end up falling short at some point. In other words, it's a method that works well, but it doesn't work long term. I found this book to lean toward a "leave the past in the past and do something with your life" mentality. Although there is plenty of mindset work within it (it's almost all mindset work, really)--it only very briefly hints at the idea of actual healing of the mind or soul. It's also generally pretty heavily steeped in positivity culture.
My issue with this book is that I think ANY book that touts itself as being instrumental to helping overcome mental health, addiction, relationship problems--basically anything that has a high possibility of being rooted in depression or trauma--has. a. responsibility. The entire time I was reading this book, I was waiting for a mention of mental health: a chapter or blurb or even some "first steps" on how to first treat your depression, and then move on to Marie's methods for working through the accompanying addiction, relationship problems, getting back into the workforce, etc.--because at face value, her methods are nearly impossible to apply when creatively blocked due to depression (that's right, folks, telling yourself to just stop letting the past effect you WILL NOT help you process trauma!). I want to point out that Marie gave many examples of people who dealt with mountains of trauma and continued on to be highly productive, successful leaders in the world. And I think that's wonderful, but I believe using examples of overcoming trauma to promote any MINDSET work without acknowledging the effect that mental health has on the process is harmful... because trauma and depression live in the mind. It is true that at a few times, she even hinted at mental healing as being the "goal" that you're focused on while reading her book. But again, applying her methods to any mental health goals would be a pretty far reach because the work she's asking you do comes after healing, not before.
I read this book pretty quickly because I found that most of Marie's advice just isn't applicable to me RIGHT NOW, as my current focus is my mental health (and again, from what I read about this book before purchasing, I was fully expecting this to be part of the book's journey). Marie instructs readers to stop and do the prompts (writing, not just thinking), and I did with the first two sets, but then decided to go back and do the rest further into my healing. Sure, I could in a pretty abstract way apply her "everything is figureoutable" theory to healing, but honestly, I found that this book mostly made me feel pretty bad about myself and my inability to focus on and complete her prompts. I truly believe that this book could do more harm than good for some people who are reading it with hopes of "figuring out" their depression, addiction, or relationship/social issues--and Marie does claim several times that her method works for such issues.
I want to clarify that I don't think this book was bad, but I do wish that it were more specifically aimed at a productivity sector of self-help. I picked it up knowing that it was not specifically aimed at mental health, and that Marie is not a psychologist (as far as I know), but still hopeful that it would simply inspire me in the ways that other broad-spectrum self-help books have at times. Instead I found it a bit ableist and, because of that, hard to stomach.
I WILL reread this book when I am able to follow along with the prompts and make use of it. I did find it inspiring and motivating at times. I found several methods and philosophies that I'm looking forward to applying in the future, particularly when it comes to making career decisions. As an entrepreneur, I absolutely 100% see the value in Marie's work, and I am even considering investing in her B-School in the future. I just don't think it's a healthy book for anyone who is struggling with mental health or trauma without a treatment plan already in place, and it will be particularly harmful for anyone who also struggles with feeling that their productivity is tied to their self-worth.
It's very hard for me to apply a star rating to this book, because when I imagine any of my friends who struggle with mental health and self worth reading it, I want to give it 1 star. But the ambitious entrepreneur in me wants to give it a rave review and 5 stars, knowing that I have a whole other set of friends who would benefit greatly from this read. IF this book was being sold as a business/productivity book and not a broad-spectrum self-help book, this would be a very different review. But again, I think authors who are claiming their methods work for addiction and mental health issues have a responsibility to proceed with caution, and I don't feel that Marie did. Still, I am grateful to have discovered her work and look forward to applying it in the future.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best books I've ever read
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2019
My wife has been a huge fan of Marie's for a long time. I knew she was awesome. But... As I told my wife, "I had no idea Marie was THAT awesome!!!"
My excuse: I've been in hermit-mode and have done nothing but read books for 5 years (no blogs/videos/etc.) so I wasn't able to get the full sense of Marie's heroically brilliant and grounded and HILARIOUS power until this book came out.
I've read and created PhilosophersNotes on well over 500 books. This is one of my ABSOLUTE (!) favorites of all time. I HIGHLY (!!!) recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 starsWant to Build or Expand Your Business - This Book is Required Reading!
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2019
I was fortunate to get an early copy of Marie's book (and then I immediately ordered more copies for my friends!) and it exceeds my expectations (which were sky high to begin with!? ) This book helps you build the mindset necessary to create the business of your dreams! Marie is a treasure!
5.0 out of 5 starsA Game Changing and Inspirational Read...FINALLY!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2019
THIS IS THE BOOK I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Marie takes you above and beyond self-help to self-realisation. If you’re wanting to get motivated and work towards a better, more inspired and mobilised you, this is THE book. Marie tells it like it is, she is honest, funny, passionate but most of all real. Her advice is practical and actionable - this is a HOW TO book, which ultimately focussed on the most important aspect of ourselves - our attitude. Already the Everything is Figureoutable belief has made a difference in my life - it has brought relief, freedom and inspired my ‘can do’ approach to life. Progress not perfection is also my new mantra! Thank you Marie - your work and this book is really life changing! 🙏🏻
5.0 out of 5 starsLove Marie, her energy, her wisdom & this book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2020
I've been following Marie for quite some time and really love her raw honesty, contagious enthusiasm, boundless energy coupled with sound, no-nonsense advice. And this book is no different! In it, Marie guides the reader to fully absorb the belief/truth that 'everything is figureoutable' and given that beliefs are the (often hidden) scripts that run our lives, having such an empowering one firmly ensconced can really help our lives take off. With down-to-earth teaching, real-life examples (from her and from people in different circumstances) and most importantly "Insight to action" exercises/challenges for the reader, she also helps us blast excuses and fears, define what we really want and install a number of super-powerful beliefs/mantras/life models such as Start before you are ready; Progress not perfection; Refuse to be refused and The world needs your gift. When I bought the book Marie also offered a free 5-day online course with lots of further actionable stuff - she really over-delivers :)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 10, 2019
I am loving this book so much!!! Not yet finished and never want it to end. I have had so many shifts in my mindset from reading this. Loads of little nuggets of gold that would be worth the price of the book for even one of those insights and there are tons. Everyone should read it!!!!
Marie forleo is amazing. I recommend so many people to watch her show Marietv on YouTube. In this book her vibrant, funny personality still comes out on the pages. You really can tell she cares about people, she is real and relatable. This book feels like a hug to get you to do things you are scared of but also a friendly kick to make sure you do it.
Buy and read this book you won't regret it.
Thank you Marie for writing it and all that you do.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2019
Absolutely fantastic. Lots of exercises to help you put into action, feels very supportive and relatable to many situations. I read a lot of this genre of book but this certainly has a different feel and since reading has stuck with me. My approach to some challenging situations is changing thanks to the strategies given in this book. Feeling less overwhelmed and anxious as a result.