A business executive offers pithy advice on self-improvement.
Goodman (The Road to Self, 2015), aka “the soulful CEO,” provides an introspective collection of 56 personal quotes about life. Complete with an attached ribbon bookmark, this hodgepodge of reflections seeks to inspire and promote deep thought for self-improvement: “Life is a mirror; we will attract whatever we are.” Similar to greeting-card sentiments, each short passage is presented on its own page, which makes for quick, convenient skimming. In addition, whimsical silver leaf designs decorate the pages. Goodman is the chairman of the Goodman Group, which deals with commercial properties, residential and senior living communities, and health care centers. He covers varied topics in this book—letting go of the past, achieving happiness and success, accepting death as a natural part of life. The upbeat expressions are generally appealing (for example, “A desire to live more joyfully is reason enough to be forgiving of others”). Some of the quotes have a business or career tone: “You can succeed at any moment, in any place, when you’re willing to let go of the past, the desire for control, and the notion that everything must be done the way you’ve always done it.” Others evoke a New Age feel: “We must come home to ourselves, accept ourselves as being enough, and get in touch with that God-like energy in each of us.” Though heartfelt, some of Goodman’s quotes are motivational clichés: “If you believe it, you can be it. Believing that you can do something is your first step toward accomplishing it.” It is probably best to read the volume in small daily doses, as several of the trite passages become eye-glazing and lose impact when perused one after the other. For example, Goodman echoes an often quoted sentiment: “We can’t necessarily change events, but we can certainly change how we respond to them.” The author’s observations are more memorable when his language turns poetic (“In frailty and vulnerability, we shine”). But he does offer worthy advice. Among other things, he recommends improving oneself to enhance relationships. He also emphasizes love and respect for others. The positive tone of this little bit of inspiration is both joyful and undeniable.
Sweet, well-intentioned snippets of wisdom for book browsers.