What did you think of the author and his journey?

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Re: What did you think of the author and his journey?

Post by mnmueller » 14 Feb 2018, 15:11

I think Rob White is rather self-absorbed and vain. I felt a lot of the later stories in particular were chosen at least as much to represent the unique experiences he has had as they were for the lesson they could relate to. For example, the running with the bulls scenario. I do not believe that was the only situation he found himself in that would illustrate the lesson about how to react to being upset.

Also, even though I liked that he showed how he put a lesson into practice, I felt that part of the reason he told us these stories was to show off. In almost every scenario his examples of passing on information helped that person improve. While that is inspiring, it also feels a little unrealistic. I realize that's why he chose them, but there were some examples that felt more like 'look how awesome I am' and less like he was giving the reader a way to use the lesson he or she has learned to help others.

His journey reads like the typical hero's journey, where he starts from a humble background and moves on into deeds that only the elite will ever get to experience. I think he wrote the book with the intention of being the inspiration he clearly sees himself as, touching lives and helping people all over. While it feeds his vanity, I think he honestly meant to help people.

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Post by Luya » 18 Feb 2018, 07:02

I found him to be a rather interesting person with a fair amount of character to him. I think there's definitely something respectable in the fact that he considered the people around him important teachers, almost implying that every person we meet has a lesson for us to teach us how to live our lives in a more meaningful and impact way. And I appreciate his desire to learn from each of those people.

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Post by va2016 » 18 Feb 2018, 23:14

The author has had a fantastic growth in his life from
his simple beginnings to what he is right now. But as
he himself would agree, growth is continuous, and one
cannot rest saying that they have seen it all. As the
learning stops, the transformation and the growth stops,
which would feel like death. So, I guess the author's
journey should continue and he should inspire many
others in the future.

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Post by Mekkinism » 21 Feb 2018, 04:34

I definitely agree with those who found him arrogant and rather self absorbed. But I'm one of those people that really hates it when others feel the need to talk about how they've helped people, or talk about their wealth. And as he does seem to be in the business of self-help and helping others to the point where he wrote a book about it, I might just not be the kind of person this book is really for.

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Post by DustinPBrown » 21 Feb 2018, 10:02

Mekkinism wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 04:34
I definitely agree with those who found him arrogant and rather self absorbed. But I'm one of those people that really hates it when others feel the need to talk about how they've helped people, or talk about their wealth. And as he does seem to be in the business of self-help and helping others to the point where he wrote a book about it, I might just not be the kind of person this book is really for.
I'm with you, but I don't think we're wrong here. The man has had a ton of privilege in his life that I think he's been completely blind to. There's one part in the book where he goes in late at night and randomly starts helping clean the kitchen at his restaurant, and he describes the other workers as awed or something. I remember thinking that there was no way those workers were impressed with him, probably they were confused as hell as to why he decided to show up in the middle of the night and clean one time. That's what I'd be thinking at least XD

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Post by Emmanae » 21 Feb 2018, 11:18

DustinPBrown wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 10:02
Mekkinism wrote:
21 Feb 2018, 04:34
I definitely agree with those who found him arrogant and rather self absorbed. But I'm one of those people that really hates it when others feel the need to talk about how they've helped people, or talk about their wealth. And as he does seem to be in the business of self-help and helping others to the point where he wrote a book about it, I might just not be the kind of person this book is really for.
I'm with you, but I don't think we're wrong here. The man has had a ton of privilege in his life that I think he's been completely blind to. There's one part in the book where he goes in late at night and randomly starts helping clean the kitchen at his restaurant, and he describes the other workers as awed or something. I remember thinking that there was no way those workers were impressed with him, probably they were confused as hell as to why he decided to show up in the middle of the night and clean one time. That's what I'd be thinking at least XD
This is such a good point. I didn't find it that way but your comment has me thinking I need to check my privilege. xD Always good to look at things from many perspectives.

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Post by allijgran » 21 Feb 2018, 12:32

story3girl wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 10:31
I really didn't care for him. His journey seemed to be in the direction of gaining more money, fame, and popularity for himself.
I agree completely. I found the author off putting in his arrogant and egotistical nature. His self obsession overwhelmed the essence of the “gurus” he mentions. I just found myself hating him by the end rather than hoping to his redemption

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Post by dphelps1113 » 25 Feb 2018, 09:19

I felt that there was no heart or soul in his journey. It was all about his selfish gain.

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Post by BookInspector300 » 07 Mar 2018, 21:03

I found him a bit self absorbed and someone who felt certain things didn't pertain to him. But I also felt like I was going on the journey with him.

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Post by EricaWilson » 08 Mar 2018, 00:08

I think it is amazing how he took little instances and used them to turn his life in a different direction. I will certainly be paying better attention to what is happening around me.

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Post by Samisah » 14 Mar 2018, 13:25

It takes an interesting person to create an inspiring story. I think the author was able to teach us many things while at the same time telling us his own story. His personality is easy to grasp as one continues to read.

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Post by Zain A Blade » 26 Mar 2018, 18:30

I think the author's journey is just the beginning, he still has a long way to go long the path of self-awareness and enlightenment. But it was nice that he chose to share the little he has learnt. Such spiritual journeys are something that every person should take at least once in a life time, if time and resources permit.

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Post by Jgideon » 02 Jun 2018, 00:07

I liked the earlier versions of his life more. As a child, he had a sweet personality before his quest for money and more money blinded him.

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Post by Misael » 02 Jun 2018, 18:13

I have reviewed this book and while i was at it, I was looking for the right term for some of his behavior that I did not like. And now that I have read some of the comments, I realized these words are arrogant, self absorbed, full of him self and narcissistic. Thank you!

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Post by 10mile72 » 19 Jun 2018, 15:57

I admired the way he could learn profound lessons from almost any situation. :shock2:

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