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Everyone wants to succeed and achieve their goals. Today, most people are searching for how to become better, positively affect their world, and proffer solutions to human or personal problems. To that end, they set goals; the goals could be big or small. However, many methods have been propounded by experts on how to set and achieve goals, motivate yourself to succeed, and create the kind of life you want. Teddy A. Ortega explains a unique method that is sure to help the reader set, strategize, and achieve their life's purpose in Leverage Meditation: Redefine Your Life's Purpose.
"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world" is a quote by the great mathematician, Archimedes of Syracuse. In achieving your goals, Teddy Ortega shows how you can implement the concept of leveraging more accurately and effectively.
Imagine yourself as a filmmaker; you decide the actors' actions, write the scripts, and get all the equipment you need for the movie. You determine the outcome of the film because everything is under your control. Now, see your life as the blockbuster movie you are making, and you like the movie maker. You have control over how this movie ends. Could there be any other thing you need for this movie — your life — to succeed?
I classify this book as a self-help book. It shows the reader how to achieve their life's purpose. The author uses leverage to explain how one can achieve their goals — things they need or can do to make it easier to achieve their goals. He talks about different kinds of leverage, such as the calendar leverage, dedicated doctor leverage, torchlight bearer leverage, and God's love leverage. The reader can apply these leverages to different circumstances to achieve their goals.
I liked how the author used his experience as a computer programmer to buttress specific points in this book. He used a lot of real-life examples and stories to explain every idea, and it made the book relatable. I especially liked the case of relational databases and programming of the mind.
While I enjoyed reading this book because of the new ideas the author presented, it seemed to have been written or edited in a hurry. While there were few typographical errors, the formatting and arrangement of the book were worrisome. From the acknowledgment section to the foreword section, the book was not arranged properly. The page that had the end of the foreword also had the table of contents. Chapters were not appropriately organized; sometimes, I couldn't tell when I entered another chapter. Some chapter titles were written in bold, while others were written like a line of text.
I suggest the book be edited thoroughly. Not everyone would enjoy the book because the author used a lot of computing jargon and stories; there were even some code lines in the book. The author also talked about God as the most potent leverage that could lead to the best outcome. Though he didn't promote the supremacy of any religion, he believed that God existed, and he emphasized the importance of prayer. So, if you have a problem with these religious allusions, you should take a pass on this one.
I would rate Leverage Meditation: Redefine Your Life's Purpose three out of four stars due to the editing issues and the flagrant use of jargons. I recommend this book to those seeking better methods of achieving their life's purpose.
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