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The Game Maker
The Game Maker
by MR Ian Fenn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Here Is An Answer To Your Deepest Questions, 1 Dec. 2012
This review is from: The Game Maker (Paperback)
This self development review is not about yet another book with rules on how to resolve your personal problems or change your life. The Game Maker by Ian Fenn is a light-hearted look at the universe, Big Bang, consciousness, enlightenment, life after death, eternity and your immortality. It makes you consider what life is all about. It suggests an answer to your deepest questions and discusses a game that each one of us plays and how you play it.

The Game Maker - Its makeup

The Game Maker is divided into nine chapters followed by an 'announcement'. Although it is quite short (at 123 pages) it is not a book you can skim through. Some readers may want to put the book down after just a few pages. I suggest you stick with it to the end for the following reason.

The book draws you in slowly. At first you are not sure where it is heading but by page 30 or so you begin to understand. At around page 100 everything starts to fall in place. In a way, this self development book could be looked on as a soliloquy. What is intriguing is WHO is speaking to the reader.

The Game Maker - What it covers

This book is, in essence, an explanation of what life is all about and who you really are. It discusses if your life does indeed have a purpose. Ian Fenn covers the rules behind all games and in particular, those of the greatest game of all.

It is a fascinating journey into what happened before the Big Bang, what occurs after the collapse of the universe and why scientists may never never truly understand the events that take place around the whole subject. You are made to think deeply about the gas, liquid and solid states of your (and others') existence, and the effect on it of more compression or less compression.

The Game Maker also makes you ask:

* What is a human being all about?
* What is it like to be immortal?
* Why are you here at all?
* What exactly is eternity?
* Is your life just a game?
* If so, who exactly is playing it?

The Game Maker - What the book does to you

* You will see your existence (and existences!) in a different light
* You will begin to consider not just who you are but what you are
* It opens the doors to a curiosity you never had about your mind, body, soul and more
* You will wonder if the universe is just a chess board with rules and laws and closed systems

The Game Maker does not discuss life after death in the usual way. It makes you look at it from a completely different standpoint. You realise that "intelligence" is "far beyond what is commonly known here on Earth as enlightenment." The book makes you consider what it is like to play a game if you are immortal and 'time' has no real meaning.

The Game Maker - Warning

This book is not for everyone and it is certainly not for you if you are not open to new ways of thinking or to new concepts. It is not for hardnosed scientists or philosophers either. Also, some sentences are quite long (10 lines or so) and it needs an intelligent brain to keep in mind how those sentences began. However, this is one of the charms of The Game Maker.

The Game Maker - Summary

The Game Maker by Ian Fenn is a self or personal development book that makes you consider what life is all about. I particularly liked it as it is not written from the author's point of view - as you eventually find out. It is a light-hearted look at the universe, Big Bang, consciousness, enlightenment, life after death, eternity and your immortality, and suggests an answer to your deepest questions.


Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £10.75

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Chameleon's Animated Story of Self Discovery, 3 April 2012
'Rango', directed by Gore Verbinski of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' fame, is not just another animated film as discussed in this self development review. Rango is a chameleon who has lived all his life in a glass tank. He has had numerous imaginary adventures with his only friends - a plastic toy fish, a dead insect and a broken doll. Due to unfortunate circumstances he finds himself outside of his 'glass cocoon', in a desert far from home. This is where his true life adventure begins.

THE SELF DEVELOPMENT ANGLE

The film touches on various issues such as the importance of natural resources, the class system, corruption, etc. I was particularly interested in the self development or personal development angle.

Once Rango's glass home is destroyed and he is released into the real world, he has to cope in foreign surroundings for the very first time. He has many hard lessons to learn and he begins to contemplate who he really is and the true meaning of his life.

He sets off on a journey of self discovery and changes from an insignificant chameleon to become a hero to many characters, dealing with personality crises and many insecurities along the way. He discovers finally who he really is and what he is truly capable of.

If you watch the film with a self development mindset you will spot the motivational phrases and may well find yourself thinking about your own life and where you are heading. This is partly because the main character, Rango, comes across as very authentic and you feel for him as he goes on his journey of self discovery.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

If you love Westerns you will enjoy Rango as there are lines and clichés from the great cowboy films throughout. Although it is a Western aimed at adults, children will also enjoy it for its great animation and action scenes. However, it is not really suitable for very young children as it is quite dark, scary and violent in places with rather creepy characters.

The animation is excellent - very detailed and quite spectacular. Some scenes are breathtaking. Overall the visual detail, lighting and colours are brilliant.

THE DARK COMEDY

Rango does not have a particularly deep plot but it is a clever film. The script is thought-provoking as well as very funny in places. The dialogue is witty with many of the jokes being directed more at adults. This is one of the reasons why adults will enjoy it as much as, or even more than, children.

Although Rango is quite a dark comedy, it is also very touching in places. The basic story has various underlying tones associated with ecology, human personalities, etc. You can watch it on several levels. All in all, the dark humour is wonderfully quirky.

THE CHARACTERS

There are many weird characters in the film - not the cuddly type of other animated films but innovative creations with rather intriguing creature effects. They were uniquely created for the story and work well to give this film its dark edge.

There is much visual detail in the film with each character having a unique personality. Some characters (like the Mexican Owl singers) appear at strategic points in the film which add to the creativity and humour. The various voiceovers are well chosen, especially that of Johnny Depp for Rango himself.

SUMMARY

As covered in this self development review, Rango is a chameleon who seeks purpose in life and goes from simply existing in his 'glass home' to becoming someone in a community who is respected for all sorts of reasons. With quirky dark humour, great animation and weird characters, this is definitely a film to see.


Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes
Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes
Price: £1.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 409 Self Development tips all in one place, 18 Mar. 2012
'Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes' by Rodolfo Costa is a self development book with a difference. Most self and personal development books, at first impression, seem to tell you what to do with your life. This book is fun. As discussed in this self development book review, it gives you tips, advice, etc., based on a wealth of experience, yet you feel free to use the information as you wish.

On the front cover Rodolfo Costa adds: '409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement to lead a successful, rewarding, peaceful, happy, and fulfilling life'. This is indeed what he covers. He also shows you how to look on the problems and setbacks in your life as assets that help to create your character and to constantly self develop and grow as a person.

WHAT IT COVERS

It is a short book of 135 pages divided into 16 chapters. Each chapter concentrates on a specific subject, e.g., 'Self-doubt, fear and criticism', 'Money' and 'Children'. The chapters then list tips around the subject with chapters being interspersed with quotes from people such as Abraham Lincoln, Bette Davis, Charles Kingsley, Cicero, Mark Twain, Michael Jordan, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Steve Jobs, Voltaire and many others.

The inspirational tips can be used at any point in your life. You will find some to be quite thought provoking. Each self development tip is, in essence, a bullet point comprising one or two succinct sentences. This makes them easy to dip into and put into practice. Many of the tips are quite deep and meaningful. Some my favourites are:

* Always be humble, but do not apologize for your success.
* Always have honest and open communication with others.
* Be accountable and you will get the respect and trust of others.
* Do not get so busy making a living that you forget to create a life.
* Let your children have their own thoughts - do not try to make them like you.
* Do not spend more time planning your wedding than you spend planning your marriage.
* Do not live your life imagining and creating tragedies in your mind that will probably never take place.
* Be honest, loyal and fair even if it is not to your advantage. Never compromise your personal integrity.
* You may have a wrinkled face as you grow older, and that is fine, but if you lose your enthusiasm for life, you will end up with a wrinkled soul.

PARTICULAR ASSETS

You may well have come across some of the tips and advice before, or from your own experience. The main asset of this little book is that it gives you 409 self development tips all in one place. The tips are also practical, being things that you can implement straight away.

I particularly liked the title as, from the beginning of time, people hear what their parents say but rarely listen to the true impact of the message being delivered. They still head off in life to make their own mistakes. To have, in one book, some of the key personal development tips for making your life a success, is very handy.

If rather than just browsing through the 409 tips you actually take time to digest each one, analysing the self development tips and putting each into practice, then it is very possible that you will transform yourself (and your life) significantly. Even if you just dip into the book and select a few tips to work on, this too will have a benefit.

SELF DEVELOPMENT LESSONS

This personal development book makes you consider the importance of what your elders say. After all, they have a wealth of experience. Also, maturity always sheds a different light on situations. Many self development lessons are covered including:

* How to increase your self esteem
* How best to make peace with your egos
* Why only you can make the changes you want in life
* How to prevent thinking constantly of yourself as a victim
* How to stop looking for validation from others all the time
* Why there is no point waiting for the right time to do something
* Why the present is so much more important than the past and the future
* How to get rid of the unnecessary thoughts you carry around in your head

SUMMARY

Rodolfo Costa says he hopes this book "inspires and motivates you to start and/or continue in your journey to become a better person and achieve the success you desire." As discussed in this self development book review, true to his word, this book is a great collection of personal development tips that could change your life...if you put them into practice.


Kung Fu Panda 2 [DVD]
Kung Fu Panda 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Black
Price: £5.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Self Development Review, 9 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Kung Fu Panda 2 [DVD] (DVD)
This review of the film, Kung Fu Panda 2, has a slight twist as it is a review from a self development point of view. In essence, Kung Fu Panda 2 has two main stories. The first is the fight against an evil peacock who wants to destroy Kung Fu. The second is about the Panda's roots, i.e., who he is, where he is from, his search for inner peace, his journey of self discovery, etc. The film has many messages at this deeper level and its self development lessons are very applicable to the human world.

KUNG FU PANDA 2 - BACKGROUND

Po (the Kung Fu Panda) and the Furious Five (Crane, Mantis, Monkey, Tigress and Viper) from the first Kung Fu Panda film now have to deal with a new villain (Lord Shen) who has turned up with a new weapon to take over the kingdom. In addition, Po now wants to find out the truth about his roots and embarks on a hunt for 'inner peace'. In the end, it is this that helps him to defeat Shen.

There are many reviews on Kung Fu Panda 2 that cover the exciting action scenes, 3D animation, cinematography, lighting, art direction, writing, spectacular choreography, great sound track (Hans Zimmer), stunning visuals, beautiful landscapes and backgrounds, interesting characters, brilliant colours, etc. Then there is the first class casting of the A-list voices of Angelina Jolie, David Cross, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, James Hong, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Seth Rogen and others.

In addition to all that, throughout the film are little gems of wisdom with some poignant messages covering ambition, family bonds, loyalty, friendship, moral values, etc. This particular review concentrates on the self development lessons that the film offers.

KUNG FU PANDA 2 - SELF DEVELOPMENT LESSONS

* What you search for may be closer than you think

In Po's hunt for 'inner peace' he searches far and wide for it. In the end he finds that this is, and has always been, within himself.

* Your past is not your present

Po discovers the truth about his background which makes him question who he really is and what pathways his life is now going to take. He eventually realises that you simply become who you choose to be.

* Confront fear to destroy it

Po has several fears which he pushes aside. Once he decides to confront them he begins to understand where they came from and everything is put into perspective. When you face your inner demons this allows your inner powers and strength to shine through.

* Know what you want

Po only becomes really powerful once he decides what he truly wants in life. Once you figure out where you are heading and for what reason, you will find the tools to get you there.

* A still mind will accomplish much more

Once Po stops doubting, worrying, fearing, etc., his mind becomes clear and he is able to see his way forward. If you can clear your mind of such distractions this clarity of mind will reveal pathways that you had not seen before.

* You can achieve what you put your mind to

Po started his journey as an overweight Panda with no martial arts skills. Through sheer hard work and total focus he is able to conquer the most evil villain. If you have determination and strength of mind you can achieve your desires. You are the master of your destiny.

* Never give up

Even though Po is constantly criticized and experiences much hardship, he keeps persevering towards his ultimate goal. In life accept that there will always be obstacles and hardships. Persevere through these, believe in yourself and you will achieve your dreams.

* A true team can achieve wonders

Po is able to achieve his greatest desires by working with his team of true friends who help him to develop his weaknesses and achieve greatness. If you have people around you who accept you for who you are and work with you with no jealousy, hang-ups, etc., you will have maximum success.

* You are here for a unique reason

Po is confused about his role in life. As the story unfolds he starts to see that he does indeed have a mission and his destiny becomes clear. You may not always know your purpose in life but once you discover your destiny you start to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

KUNG FU PANDA 2 - SELF DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY

There are many reviews of Kung Fu Panda 2. This review has concentrated on the self development lessons that the film offers. The part of the story that deals with Po's search for inner peace and his journey of self discovery has many messages at a deeper level and its self development lessons are very applicable to the human world.


The Power of Respect
The Power of Respect
by Deborah Norville
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A look at respect and how crucial it is in everyday life, 24 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Power of Respect (Hardcover)
'The Power of Respect' by Deborah Norville also says on the front cover 'Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success'. This is a self development book that reminds one of just how crucial respect is in all aspects of everyday life.

THE POWER OF RESPECT - WHAT IT COVERS

The book begins with some stories that illustrate the powerful effect that respect has on individuals and on society generally. Deborah Norville covers respect in various situations including at home, at work, in business, etc. She also looks at respect in smaller units such as in families, schools and partnerships. She shows how respect can be a very valuable tool to achieve your goals and to help others achieve theirs.

Throughout the book are examples of different types of respect, illustrated in story-form. The first half of the book mainly deals with children and teenagers with much of the content being related to activities in the classroom. The second half deals with work-related and business issues such as developing positive company cultures to increase productivity and inspire creativity. There are short quotes on respect sprinkled throughout the book, and chapters end with a tick list of 'respect reminders'.

As well as covering the importance and power of respect, this self development book discusses ways of encouraging and developing respect such as rewards for good behaviour in classrooms. There are also stories that show you how to deal with disrespect and how to regain respect in those situations. The book also discusses:

* Tips for a respectful marriage
* The importance of self-respect
* Tips for raising respectful children
* The power of compliments and praise
* How a lack of respect can destroy lives
* How motivation increases with respect
* How to assess and develop your self-respect
* How respect fosters compassion and altruism
* How respect cascades from one person to the next
* How respect transforms good leaders into great ones

THE POWER OF RESPECT - SUMMARY

Deborah Norville's overall message is that respect for others and self-respect is crucial for success. She gives examples of this via stories from people's personal, work and business worlds but, because of that format, this is not a book with succinct points on exactly how to achieve success. However, this self development book does make you more aware of the power of respect in various areas of everyday life.


The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life
The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life
by Judith Belmont
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Self Development Book With A Difference, 18 Oct. 2011
'The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life (How to Get Through Life's Holes Without Getting Stuck in Them!)' by Judith A. Belmont and Lora Shor is a self development book with a difference. As the name suggests, it covers the various ways of getting through life, but with interesting analogies to Swiss Cheese.

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life - overall impressions

My first impression was what a great title with a fun cartoon on the cover. In fact, there are cartoons throughout the book. This, together with interesting and concise text, makes it an attractive book to the eye.

The authors say the book is designed to help you get through the 'holes' in your life in a powerful, practical, playful and holistic way. The chapters have cheese-related catchy names and each ends with a 'words of wisdom' summary from two main cartoon characters: The Swiss Wiz and The Swiss Cheese Fairy.

Judith Belmont and Lora Shor discuss numerous key personal development and self development books, looking at the lessons you can learn from them and how they relate to The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life. They illustrate how the various aspects of your life have analogies in the world of cheese from the way you cut it, smell it, taste it, touch it, eat it, think about it, etc.

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life - what it covers

The book initially explains why The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life is so named, and the connection between the holes in the cheese and the sweetness in your life. It then discusses 10 "slices of wisdom that will get you through life's obstacles." Many topics are covered in the book including:

* How to let go of fear
* How to get rid of clutter
* How to deal with change
* The problems of perfectionism
* How to have a 'No Regret Policy'
* How to accomplish what you want
* Why setbacks are not catastrophes
* How to bring wellness into your life
* What the 'holes' in Swiss Cheese can mean
* How to calculate your Proactivity Quotient (PQ)
* How to prevent getting stuck in your life's holes
* How to manage stress and how it can be positive
* How to be more proactive and less reactive in life
* How to prevent making mountains out of molehills
* How to take control of your own optimism and happiness
* How to reduce the time you spend on the `holes' in your life
* How to recover from disappointments, mistakes and failures
* How to achieve balance in your life, whatever your commitments
* The importance of moving with change, and how nature does this
* How to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy communication
* The effect of mindfulness and spirituality on happiness and fulfillment

There are also many client examples and stories to explain issues in more practical detail. There are quotes sprinkled throughout from people like Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Benjamin Franklin, Dalai Lama, Dale Carnegie, Helen Keller, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Napoleon Hill, Plato, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sophia Loren, Stephen Covey, Thomas Edison, Wayne Dyer, William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill. Mention is also made of various songs which have lyrics that specifically relate to self development and personal development issues.

Each chapter therefore covers a lot of material so it is really useful to have a final chapter that summarizes the key points as a Swiss Cheese Tool Kit for life.

The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life - summary

This is a hefty self development book touching on the many different ways to live life to the full. Although you may already have come across the personal development information, it is the twist of the various analogies to Swiss Cheese that makes this book different, interesting, digestible and easier to put into practice.


Pathway to Wellness (Pathway to a new You Book 1)
Pathway to Wellness (Pathway to a new You Book 1)
Price: £7.60

3.0 out of 5 stars A Self Development and Self Help Journey, 2 Oct. 2011
'Pathway to Wellness' is the first book in a trilogy by Jennifer Fitzsimmons. She says that her aim is to help people "who want greater vitality and fulfilment in life" and to "reveal the truth" about who you are and what you are capable of.

She begins this self help and self development book with her personal experience of how she made life work for her. She recounts her journey from a safe family situation to a totally different world of emotional, physical and mental abuse. She discusses how, from the depths of despair, she finds herself again and turns her life around.

The way she did this was by embracing meditation and yoga. She takes you through the various emotions she experienced such as guilt, resentment, anger, bitterness, followed by acceptance, love, gratitude and compassion. She explains how she persevered through all the antagonism to expand to teaching and to reach her life desires.

WHAT IT COVERS

In this self help book Jennifer Fitzsimmons discusses:

* How to listen to your inner feelings
* How mental tension is created and its effect
* How emotional tension leads to health problems
* How your perception of events can change your 'wellness'
* The importance of looking after your 'energy body' or soul
* What stress really is and where emotional stress comes from
* The importance of being responsible for your own wellness and life
* How to introduce new techniques to help you cope in a fast-paced lifestyle

She says her aim is to help people live the life they want by "taking responsibility for their lives and wellness and building positive attitudes and strong well-balanced minds." In promoting this through yoga, there are black and white photographs throughout illustrating the various poses and exercises.

Under each photo is further explanation on breathing, awareness and the benefits of each. She covers exercises for loosening your joints, achieving a flexible spine, developing a strong abdomen, as well as topics like:

* The power of oxygen
* The effect of Mantra
* The basics of chakras
* The various forms of meditation
* How breathing controls emotions
* How to get ready for yoga exercises
* Yoga Nidra and its special benefits
* Techniques for making your mind 'quiet'
* The problems of short and shallow breathing
* The various postures and their individual benefits
* Why yoga is so different to cardio-vascular exercises
* Mudras (hand gestures) and how they direct energy flow
* How yoga helps to balance the body, mind and emotions
* Alternate nostril breathing and how this controls energetic and calm states

SUMMARY

As a self help and self development book 'Pathway to Wellness' is rather wordy in places. However, if you are interested in yoga and meditation, Jennifer Fitzsimmons shows you how to incorporate them into your daily life, getting down to the basics of setting timetables, personal journaling and other practical issues. Overall she discusses issues related to the conscious and subconscious mind, leaving the super-conscious mind to be covered in another book in the trilogy.


Beyond the Myth
Beyond the Myth
by Maria T. Holmes
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Reinforces your beliefs in the `Law of Attraction' (LOA), 19 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Beyond the Myth (Paperback)
'Beyond The Myth' by Maria T. Holmes is a self development book that is essentially about the Law of Attraction (LOA). With a background of the works of Deepak Chopra, and after studying with Anthony Robbins, Bob Proctor and Wayne Dyer, this book is a summary of the author's personal development insights on the LOA.

PRACTICAL ASPECTS

The book is small (17cm x 17cm) and quite short at 59 pages, with chapter one starting at page 11. It has colour photographs of nature throughout. Superimposed on the photos are self development quotes by people including Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, Buddha, Ralph Waldo Emerson and several by herself. As such, visually, it is an attractive book.

Maria Holmes is passionate about helping others understand the principles and the power of the Law of Attraction which was made popular by film, 'The Secret' (based on Rhonda Byrne's book). 'Beyond The Myth' is Maria's first book and on the front cover she adds - "How To Live The Life You Desire." In illustrating to the reader how to apply the LOA principles in daily life, Maria Holmes covers:

* How gratitude helps
* The power of your thoughts
* How you attract different energies
* The importance of having belief in yourself
* The benefits of affirmations and meditation
* The universal energy that connects everything
* How your faith helps to turn dreams into reality
* How to direct energies to achieve what you want
* How affirmations and music bring out positive emotions
* The effect that fortune-tellers and mystics can have on you

SELF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW

In essence, Maria Holmes talks about how she was introduced to the Law of Attraction, how she put the LOA principles into practice in her own life and discusses issues such as how to:

* Visualize your true desires in life
* Consider what goals you might need to get there
* Be open to and act on opportunities that come your way

It might be said that this is commonsense and is what one does as a matter of course when focused on getting what you truly want in life. In other words, the things you want in life are very likely to come your way if you are constantly looking for and acting upon opportunities that take you closer.

If you already believe in the Law of Attraction the book reinforces your beliefs. If you have never been that interested in the LOA, the book does not go into enough depth about this whole subject. It is probably more suited as a gift for someone who has recently embarked on their LOA journey. (To this end it does have a 'To:' and 'From:' page at the beginning of the book.)

SUMMARY

'Beyond The Myth' by Maria T. Holmes is a self development book that reinforces the Law of Attraction (LOA) in a short and pretty format. It is a synopsis of the author's personal insights on the LOA and is a small attractive book that could be given as a gift to support and supplement someone's personal development journey.


Creatively Ever After: A Path to Innovation
Creatively Ever After: A Path to Innovation
by Alicia Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.22

3.0 out of 5 stars Creativity with a Nursery Rhyme twist, 5 Sept. 2011
'Creatively Ever After: A Path to Innovation' by Alicia Arnold is a self development book on creativity but with a twist. She takes a traditional method - CPS (Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process) - and incorporates nursery rhymes to get the concepts across. After all, you learn via nursery rhymes in the first place, so why not continue to use self development tools such as this to achieve the success you want in life?

WHAT IT COVERS

Alicia Arnold says at the start that her book is "the result of my decades in the business world toiling to bring creative concepts, solutions, and approaches to life." She wrote this personal development book after attaining an MSc in Creative Studies.

In essence, she tells the story of 'Jack and Jill' in a way you have probably never heard before. Jack and Jill use CPS to resolve a crisis with the help of other nursery rhyme characters. You learn even more about CPS when you are taken on a journey to work on their problems with the help of characters such as Old King Cole, Humpty Dumpty, Sammy Spider, the Muffin Man, etc.

In between the story-telling Alicia Arnold discusses with the reader the analogies in your social, work and business life. She gets you thinking about your reaction to elements of the story and how you might tackle the situations. You start to contemplate problems in your own business and general life with fresh eyes, using a different perspective to resolve issues. She also covers:

* How to make CPS part of your daily life - and why
* How to resolve organisational issues cost-effectively
* The effect of your emotions on creativity and success
* Why naÔve questions (e.g., from children) spur creativity
* How transformational creativity conquers tough challenges
* How brainstorming generates more solutions in shorter time
* Time pressure & peer pressure and their affect on creativity
* How business mentors, leadership and problem solving connect
* The assets of resource groups when working on complex problems
* The importance of instilling creative thinking in your organisation
* How creativity techniques (visual connections, etc) work in business
* How to use fable analogies like nursery rhymes to resolve challenges

PRACTICAL ASPECTS

The layout of this personal development book is very clear and easy to follow. It is a book that could be used not just in Business but in Education and other sectors to explain and develop creativity.

However, it may not suit everyone. What is different about this book is the way in which concepts are explained to the reader. The style of writing is a combination of fiction and non-fiction. You may feel that the theme is too 'childish' or that the concepts are simplistic.

Saying that, most people learn more quickly and understand better when new information is given in story-form. The illustrations are rather fun and take you back to the nursery rhymes of your childhood.

SUMMARY

Alicia Arnold has a passion for bringing "what exists in our imaginations to life." This self development book review shows that if you want to incorporate CPS (Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process) to achieve more, then nursery rhyme analogies can help. If you are looking for a different way to develop a more creative workforce it is worth a read.


The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments
The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments
by Tom Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting info on how to have more Light Bulb Moments + make money from them!, 22 Aug. 2011
'The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments' by Tom Evans is an interesting self development and self help book that delves into some of the more curious areas of human capabilities.

The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments - IN A NUTSHELL

Tom Evans says his book is about "how to have light bulb moments on demand and how to make them bring real world results for your benefit and for the benefit of others." He adds that he wrote this book for "inventors, scientists, teachers, businesses, students and anyone who wants to have a bright idea to change their world and indeed the world itself."

Light bulb moments are often associated with 'mad scientists'. You probably have already had light bulb moments but never quite understood what they meant. Tom shows that anyone can have them. Even more importantly, anyone can harness them, using them as personal development tools to take their life into new directions!

The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments - REVIEW

Tom Evans is a trained electronic engineer so it is interesting to read his slant on subjects that some consider 'airy fairy'. Also, some readers may feel that the content is just commonsense or from other quarters, e.g., Walt Disney's Three Rooms, Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats, Myers Briggs profiles, Tony Buzan's Mind Maps, etc. However, Tom does state that he has "borrowed extensively" from others. What is interesting is how he brings together tools like these to create new models.

The text within some of the diagrams is a bit grainy but there is interesting data sprinkled throughout from fields including physics, chemistry, biology, neurology, psychology and history, e.g., "Our brains constitute only 5% of our body mass yet they consume 20% to 25% of our energy."

He also makes statements that do make you stop and think such as:

* ...thoughts don't become things, they are things.
* ...nobody but you has control over what you think or do.
* ...when you experience one (a light bulb moment), it changes your body chemistry.
* The light bulb moment seems to come along just when you need it - or the planet needs it.

The chapter on 'Ordering Your Dreams' was particularly useful. Tom begins "What better way to be more productive than by using the third of your life when you are sleeping to be creative?" He explains how to 'seed' your dreams to get insight on certain issues and how to 'use' your dreams to achieve more creativity. You will be intrigued to read about his vision for super-sensitive pencils!

He also covers:

* The benefits of journals or diaries
* The assets of Whole Brain Thinking
* How pain (physical or mental) stops creativity
* How to generate light bulb moments on demand
* The effect of breathing through alternate nostrils
* How Superconsciousness, Religion and Physics connect
* Why hand-drawing Mind Maps is better for your creative flow
* How to manage your ego to give space for light bulb moments
* How you can use Moon phase to optimise creativity and innovation
* What to do with your light bulb moment - going from vision to reality
* Why the last 10% of your project can take 90% of time and resources
* How thoughts come in flavours and how to choose which to experience
* The importance of generating light bulb moments throughout teams and businesses
* How to break down the complexities of making money from your light bulb moments

The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments - WARNING

Warning - you do need an open mind to fully appreciate this personal development and self help book. As I said in my review of another of Tom's books (BLOCKS) there is much depth behind his text and you need an open mind to acquire the full power of these books.

Tom covers material that even he says "might sound fantastical." He adds "The concepts in this book as so ethereal and intangible in nature, you cannot use your logical mind to decide if they are right or wrong for you - or not." You can definitely use this book to help you on your self development journey. The key is to try things out for yourself and see what results you get.

The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments - SUMMARY

This self development and self help book will give you a better understanding of light bulb moments and how you can use them to your benefit.


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