A successful financial planner imparts a lifetime of wisdom in a debut self-help manual that’s poetic and practical.
In today’s world, it might seem justifiable to dismiss a book that advocates daily affirmations printed on index cards as little more than a well-meaning Luddite text. But in this case, that would be a mistake. Here, the author assembles a concrete, orderly battle plan carefully designed to fight old habits, negative thoughts and bad attitudes that prevent readers from getting the most out of life. Some app-obsessed readers may scoff, but there’s genuine therapeutic value in Decoster’s old-fashioned self-help approach, which speaks directly to the latest scientific discoveries about the brain’s neuroplasticity and changeability. The author also provides one of the most cogent explanations of the evolution of the brain as most readers are likely to find. Even the book’s use of well-worn sayings by Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Will Rogers and others comes across as refreshingly spot-on. Decoster employs an earnest, conversational tone throughout, urging his readers to constantly take action by defining goals, supplanting false beliefs or establishing deadlines. As the author says, “Contrary to popular belief, knowledge is not power. It is only potential power.” Too often, discussions about personal responsibility inevitably devolve into “boot-strap” arguments. But Decoster’s take on responsibility (or, as he defines it, “response-ability”) is both humane and empowering. Understanding that human beings have the innate ability to improve will give readers an essential feeling of control while also giving them something to shoot for. The author acknowledges the craft involved in a life well-lived, and he lays out the nuts and bolts of getting it right.
A surprisingly handy, low-tech how-to guide.