So slim it’s barely more than a pamphlet, Adams’ debut self-help book aims to assist in goal seeking by helping readers tackle one core concept every day for a month.
Peppered with personal details, Adams’ book straddles a line between confessional and inspirational. Each essay is accompanied by recommendations for music, movies and books to help establish the target mood or mindset, as well as numbered points for immediate action. The book is like an information hub—a day-by-day list of concepts that can help readers advance their lives if the points happen to hit home. Adams casts his net widely, tackling everything from food-portion control to thankfulness and reconnecting with nature. His essays’ broad strokes veer between universal applicability and personal confession, as he admits to a past obsession with pornography but doesn’t explore its impact on his life. Instead, Adams goes straight to problem-solving mode, recommending that readers imagine what other, positive things they could do with their time instead of indulging personal obsessions. The candid tone can be charming, but it doesn’t hide distracting errors in word choice, such as a recommendation to keep favorite flowers in “plain site.” Missing paragraph breaks might leave anyone reading aloud gasping for breath. Yet a few of the points can be strikingly valuable. For instance, Adams writes that “play can be anything you want it to be as long as it makes you happy and gets you in touch with the joys of life,” and “sometimes you just have to follow your heart’s desire and take a chance.” He effectively plumbs a common weakness: the tendency to put your own well-being on the backburner.
Missing the refined patter of a self-help guru, but more often than not strikes a motivating chord of empowerment.