In this self-help guide, a motivational speaker outlines his travel-focused philosophy for achieving inner and external growth.
According to Murphy (Travel Unscripted, 2012), if you embrace the principles of this book, you’ll change your life—and change the world. The author quit a corporate job more than a decade ago and is a now an entrepreneur and motivational speaker who has appeared on Fox, CNN and NBC’s Today show. His ideology focuses on five core values—integrity, love and gratitude, a lifetime of learning, self-determination and oneness. To illustrate his points, he shares anecdotes about such high-profile figures as Nelson Mandela, Condoleezza Rice and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as lesser-known people, such as the author’s friends and family members and other people he’s encountered on his world travels. Murphy often features bits of text in larger type, and in several instances, he allows a single quote to fill a full page. He also sets forth a series of reader assignments, such as listing the places you’d like to go in the “physical world” (such as St. Lucia) and those you’d like to achieve in your “personal world” (such as smiling more at strangers). Although the travel theme unravels at times during the more general musings, Murphy does present some food for thought for readers seeking to rebalance or redirect their lives. He’s also an admirable advocate of his “oneness” concept, highlighting charitable organizations throughout this work. The author’s own “personal world” journey rarely appears, but it does include a touching mention of his wife’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and how he and his wife “could sit around and lament the diagnosis and what might happen or they could focus on living their lives.” The text after the “or” is bolded and in a different color, reflecting the onward-and- upward perspective that Murphy consistently espouses throughout this book.
An easy-to-read self-help primer with an intriguing travel premise and positive pointers on building a more fulfilling life.