The Elephant and the twig By Geoff Thompson
When this book came out in 2000 the author, Geoff, was mostly known for his books and videos on self-defence, the knowledge he acquired during a nine years long career on the doors of Coventry's nightclubs. Then having a closer look, the book `Watch my back' is an inspirational story about a young man who has been bullied by life who confronts his fears one by one until he has to confront his biggest fear of violent confrontation. The adventures he experienced inspired him to write his first book which he got published after the script being turned by publishers many times and the belief that people like us don't write books having stomped into him. Having been trained by life like a flea for a flea circus, which is done by placing a glass plate above them which they don't see but feel when jumping too high, he could have chosen to accept what other people told him was his lot. However knowing there was more out there, he broke away from the proverbial twig to become a world famous martial artist, self-defence expert, author, filmmaker, etc... This book tells about how he did it and how you can too.
After receiving and unpacking the book the first thing that got my attention was the cover with its beautiful cartoon art. Flicking through its pages I saw many more nice cartoons, depicting something from the current chapter. Coincidently the foreword was done by the cartoonist. Going back to the front I found a famous as well as inspiring quote by Lawrence of Arabia which sparked my curiosity and spurred me on to start reading the book. The introduction starts off with a metaphor, which like the metaphor contained in the title inspires people to absorb the information in the following chapters. There are 14 chapters, each containing an inspiring lesson. What I liked about the book is how Geoff makes the information easy to read, simple to understand and how he inspires to take action and break away from the metaphorical twig. It's easy to read the book from cover to cover in one go but the short easy to read chapters can be read separately during any kind of short break as well. This allows its message to sink in and you can contemplate about it throughout the rest of the day. Containing a chapter devoted to reading as well as many classics as well as inspiring people being mentioned throughout its pages this book inspires to read and research. This book is one of my favourites.
The 14 chapters with its timeless and universal wisdom are like nuggets of pure gold. This book is destined to become a classic standing next to books by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie!