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Trying hard but still in the rah-rah category...,
This review is from: Reinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You've Always Wanted to Be (Paperback)To be fair, this book is not without its pluses. Chandler is at times funny and perceptive, and this comes across in his writing in some punchy and hilarious lines. However, as a guide to life adjustment this book does not make up the mark.
Perhaps it's the title that's misleading. Although titled 'Reinventing Yourself' this book is not about personal reinvention but about self motivation. It is basically a companion volume to Chandler's other title, 'Motivating Yourself'.
Chandler seems to think that the real problem of depressed and dispirited people is a sort of moral laziness. If we only realized that effort is its own reward we will all be bursting with energy and happiness.
I don't know much about Chandler, but it seems that he is truly unaware that life, for most humans at least, involves continuous, gargantuan effort that would put the Mr Universe contest in the shade. I am sure he does not mean to sound facile and patronizing, but this is how his 'pick yourself up into eternal bliss, you lazybones' philosophy comes across.
For those who have enjoyed his 'Motivating Yourself' this book will prove a good companion volume. For those interested in more realistic and compassionate advise on self-development and attainment, I would recommend the works of two authors who have risen to wellbeing and success against daunting real-life odds: the British John Bird's 'Ten Laws of Success' and the American John 'Mack' Machowitz's 'Unleashing the Warrior Within', both available on Amazon.