4 out of 4 stars
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This is a nonfiction book authored by Rob White and published by Mind Adventure Press. Rob white is a successful Real Estate investor, motivational speaker and owner of restaurant businesses who describes his background as one of humble beginnings. After breaking the societal mold of his hometown and rising up to be fairly well off, he realizes he is unfulfilled or lacking spiritually in spite of his success. “My exterior world reflected material wealth, but my interior world was spiritually bankrupt.”
He describes in several chapters how ordinary people we interact with every day can be a source of inspiration to make definitive choices in life for the better. Interaction with people like Mr. Lampkin, the grounds keeper during his campus days, taught him a vital lesson on paying attention as he worked under him while landscaping to make extra funds. A Californian mom inspired Rob to bounce back into his real estate business after he watched her get her son back into the surf after a wipeout. He had suffered a huge financial setback after a natural disaster. Through the book we also meet Peter who refused to die when he decided to follow what the doctor prescribed to the letter. This is after he was resigned to fate on being diagnosed with liver and kidney problems. He teaches us a lesson on what we can achieve when we accept that we are all created first class in every way. There are other equally riveting if not inspiring stories of to keep the reader glued to the text.
This proves to be an effective motivational book because it opens the reader’s eyes to the possibility of being inspired by everyday people, from our siblings to our neighbours, friends, colleagues, subordinates, kids, homeless people, etc. There is always a chance someone will leave us nuggets of inspiring insights or lessons on life as we interact with them. Rob introduces each chapter with myths that he held true and contrasts it afterwards with what he discovers to be reality. It makes it easy for one to associate the lessons with the stories while reading the book and thus commit them to memory. As far as I'm concerned there is hardly much not to like about the book.
From these experiences that he’s had, the author insists that “You must give the same energy to the truth that you gave to the myth.” It reminds me of another inspirational book, From Drift to Shift by Jody B. Miller, which also draws inspiration from living heroes to give its readers vital lessons in life.
This being a book that is beneficial to many deserves 4 out of 4 stars in my opinion. I did not find any typos except for one, which I think is negligible, and if there are any other I didn’t notice them.
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