Business consultant, Today Show regular and former Yahoo! exec Sanders (The Likeability Factor, 2009, etc.) offers advice for building confidence through the prism of his grandmother's teachings.
Taking the title from a phrase the author's grandmother used after helping a man who was down on his luck, the author weaves between a mixture of sound advice and bits and pieces of his grandmother Billye’s own story, which is by far the most interesting element of the book. Billye raised Sanders after the author was abandoned by his mother at a young age. Years later, when Sanders was depressed after the murder of his father, he began to reflect on the many teachings of Billye, whose confidence and spirit have served him as an inspiration throughout life. Divided into two sections, Part II of the book outlines seven principles for building confidence. Some of the jargon Sanders folds into his writing, like "Readers are Leaders," is typical self-help fare. But the book shines when Sanders incorporates Billye’s sage witticisms and examples from her life—including the "Nut and Shell Exercise," which can be usefully employed when dealing with criticism. A section on how to “Exercise Your Gratitude Muscle” uses Billye’s strong faith and upbeat fight against cancer as a template for expressing appreciation.An uneven effort that, despite its shortcomings, will motivate some readers.