A self-help guide focuses on exploring one’s own foibles.
“Telling it to you straight” is a phrase that could well apply to this work by self-help book author Doepker (The Healthy Habit Revolution, 2014, etc.). One short, punchy chapter after another brims with rapid-fire advice about how to stop falling prey to internal fears and psychological hurdles. Doepker is relentless at tossing out such nuggets as “Pride is the ultimate impediment to reaching your potential,” “Separate your future possibilities from your current reality, and you’ll have countless options to choose,” and “The longest relationship you’re ever going to have is with yourself.” Much of the book’s content cogently addresses the manner in which just about everybody is, at least to some extent, self-delusional. It also points to the inadequacies, failings, and lack of confidence that may impede people from reaching their highest potential. Still, for those seeking a clear path to self-reliance and self-respect, this volume offers no easy fix. Instead, the author quite intentionally wrestles with issues (including right vs. wrong) and exposes gray areas between the black and white. He even occasionally steps outside himself and engages in a dialogue with his own mind. As he explains, “Do I try to argue with my mind and make it wrong, or do I appreciate what it has to share? I may simply tell my mind, ‘Thank you for sharing,’ and then move on. I don’t make it ‘bad’ or ‘wrong.’ ” This notion may be the most intriguing, and for some, unsettling part of this artfully written book; Doepker works hard to keep his own moral judgments outside his purview. What’s more, he admits his goal is to leave one “with more questions than answers.” A tendency toward good-humored vulgarity, tongue-in-cheek verbiage, and silly hashtags could leave some feeling the volume may have been written more as a creative exercise to shock and amuse than to enlighten.
A lively and engaging, if occasionally bombastic, read; shows solid insight into human nature, but leaves any personal angst and uncertainty for the reader to resolve.