Motivational speaker and consultant Ebwe urges readers to harness inner power to achieve outward success in this debut self-help work.
Everyone has the ability to achieve great things, says the author, but relatively few do. But according to Ebwe, failure is actually the key to future success: “It is the unforeseeable, the unthinkable or unfathomable events in life that usually push the limits of our commonness to propel us into the sphere of the extraordinary,” he says in the introduction to this book. In it, he seeks to put failure in a new context for readers, and to that end, he guides them though an analysis of “pillars of success,” the “Fifty Major Causes of Failure” (including “Poorly Defined Purpose” and “Negative Self-Expectancy”), and how the two concepts relate to each other. By offering new definitions of words associated with success—such as “Discovery,” “Transformation,” “Fulfillment,” and “Riches”—Ebwe shows readers that the real challenges are inside one’s own head. If one is willing to honestly interrogate their ambitions and embrace the possibility of failing, he says, one can get in touch with one’s true power. The author writes in an authoritative, if somewhat flat, prose style, dispensing axioms that will be familiar to readers of motivational books: “There’s joy, pride, and value in harvesting fruits from the ‘sweat of thy brow.’ No one builds a house by merely wishing it into existence.” That said, the book is organized clearly and well, with frequent five-point lists and short exercises for readers to complete as they read. However, almost none of the ideas here are unique, and they seem unlikely to provide the sweeping changes that the author promises throughout the book.
A serviceable, if grandiose, motivational guide.