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5.0 out of 5 starsElevate is a fun book. It's different from many self-help books in ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2018
Elevate is a fun book. It's different from many self-help books in that the author is a successful entrepreneur, and so has the lense of a practical and driven hustler, who thinks deeply and insightfully about the psyche (probably because his wife was a psychiatrist!). Witty, wise and insightful, I found the author's exuberance and generosity in sharing his life's ups and downs inspiring. As Deitch notes, I feel wiser and more self-aware after reading it at the ripe age of 48 but expect I'll be wiser and more self-aware still when I re-read it in a few years.
Joseph Deitch is a very successful entrepreneur; at least three times over if an Internet search is even close to accurate. In other words, he builds organizations that others value.
Often, that doesn't translate into being able to write a decent book.
In this case, however, it was almost like a guru constructed a library of the best self-help literature and distilled it into a single, very readable 300 pages. Again and again, I found myself glancing at my own bookshelf as he would quote and summarize key points from other sages (roughly 180 of 'em, if I counted correctly). Further, just as you would find in top-tier journal articles, the quality of those you cite is at least as important as the quantity of those cited. That is certainly the case here.
Does that mean the book is an easy page-turner that you'll get through in one sitting as you glance through tons of quotes? Nope. Similar to sacred canon, it takes a bit of time to digest. At least for me, I found greater value reading just a few pages at a time. This allowed time for reflection and deeper understanding and connection to the present.
Finally, if this were only a regurgitation of old work, I would have given it a lower rating. Instead, it is very contemporary in its examples and filled with useful practices that one can immediately incorporate.
If you are truly ready to raise, lift, and upgrade your life and the lives of others, buy the book and put the wisdom to work.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
This is an enjoyable read and I highlighted many passages (128 to be exact!).
"If certain concepts, beliefs, situations, or people rub us the wrong way--more than might reasonably be expected, or more than they affect others-- we should see it as an opportunity to wonder why. What's going on in our subconscious that we're not fully aware of? What in our background might explain such a reaction?"
"...cognitive dissonance describes the tension we feel when confronted with two conflicting thoughts or feelings, and our compulsion to resolve that tension."
"The point is, our so-called reality, the world we think we live in, is actually a contrivance. It's a projection of what we perceive, think, feel, and believe at any given moment. That may sound depressing, but it can be quite the opposite. It can be empowering. Why? Because, if our reality is contrived, it can be adjusted...and elevated."
5.0 out of 5 starsThe only self-help book you need
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
Joe sums up centuries of wisdom and presents it in a logical, step-by-step format. Enjoyable and helpful book! If everyone read this book and followed the program, the world would be a better place. I purchased 10 copies to give away to friends.
In his book Elevate, Joe Deitch makes connections between psychology, spirituality, family, community, and success in business.
The world would be a far better place if the lessons in this book were part of a required course in MBA programs.
Deitch distills the essence of history’s greatest thinkers and decades of personal and business growth into a practical application for elevating all aspects of our lives with a positive mindset.
The book ranges from business insights to vulnerable anecdotes. Joe illustrates ways to take ownership of our thoughts and rewire our neural programming. This inspires readers to lead lives that benefit the greater collective whole.
This is my first time reading a book by a successful businessperson that incorporates spirituality, love, and gratitude. Deitch’s holistic worldview makes me feel encouraged. I truly believe the author’s approach to creating an ideal corporate environment and to life in general will create a more joyful world.
Summary: The book Elevate is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Corporate America. Which is in desperate need of a transformation.
Suggestion: There is a plethora of lessons in this book. Take it a few pages at a time. Let the lessons absorb. Experiment with the insights. The joy you will feel by rewiring your mind with this book is far more valuable than the instant gratification of simply finishing a book.
Elevate is an intelligent, well-reasoned, and inspirational collection of ideas. Joseph Deitch shares attitude reassessments and appoaches that can truly enrich our lives. The first time I read the book, I read a chapter every evening. As I re-read these chapters, I do so in the mornings. It's an ecouraging way to start the day.