A work aimed at personal development provides steps to help readers discover, embrace, and achieve their purposes in life.
Originally offered only in an audio version, this book features Webster’s (Suss!, 2016, etc.) thoughts regarding vital guiding principles. In under 70 pages, the author presents what he believes are the seven secrets of success, complete with explanations, supporting statistics, and examples. First, readers must discover their reasons “to be,” and can accomplish this by pondering such questions as “What makes you tick? What do you feel strongly about? What makes you happy?” Once individuals formulate their answers, then clear goal-setting can start them on the path to glory. Other steps include the strong belief in oneself (such as a small child figuring out how to get around), learning how to control one’s life and influence others, choosing an environment conducive to success, and ensuring basic needs are being met. And of course, one must ultimately take action, making important decisions that will trigger positive change. In the end, the author adds an eighth secret, explaining that the other seven principles will only lead to success when applied together. Webster, an audio book pioneer and entrepreneur, certainly has the experience to qualify him for writing such a book, and his thoughts are influential and convincing. One reason the volume has such power is because the author never dictates the definition of “success,” allowing readers to decide that for themselves and apply the principles accordingly. Therefore, the material remains beautifully universal, helping one person to achieve financial goals and yet another to realize relationship success. The audio-to-text transformation seems to have been made smoothly, though the book could use citations of sources for the quotes and statistics (both to acknowledge original authors and to improve credibility). But overall, this quick read is both unique and extremely effective.
Written with brevity, clarity, and wisdom, this guide stands a notch above the myriad self-help books available today.