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4.0 out of 5 stars Making real the unimaginable.., 14 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want (Paperback)
Barbara Sher tells a story of how a well meaning but slightly tactless friend made the comment, "if she can make it, then anyone can" and after reading her book, this deceptively simple approach, almost homes-spun at times, and not particularly serious in its attempts at self-realisation, has been a refreshing read in the Steps To Success genre.

She has a BA in Anthropology which by her own admission, is not usually worth much in the worlds of business and commerce. However her inestimable understanding of human nature has undoubtedly helped.

Wishcraft, though acknowledging the personal condition, is a method based approach, where persistence and a facilitation of human foibles are the key, or good old-fashioned hard work and acceptance. This is rather different to the diet of self-help literature that I usually stumble across, that usually begin with the frame of reference a certain amount of 'fixing' is required before psychological happiness can be attained.

Wishcraft is the actuality of getting on and 'doing' rather than finding quasi states of confidence or generating positive thought, which again forms the basis to many 'getting what you (really) want' books. Therefore, the pragmatic realists, will love this book, which is as far away from solipsist navel gazing as you can get...

Barbara Sher starts with the premise that you must know who you are first. Through a series of visualisation and work book exercises, the reader is perceptively led to discover their own genius or vision within, known as 'personal style', thus making conscious the invariably ineffable.. that which may have never been said .. especially in a world that can suppress or undervalue each persons genius.

On the surface there appears to be nothing particularly new in the idea of unwrapping ones hidden gifts as a precursor for success. However what this book is really damned good at doing, is giving shape and form to the elusive obvious within by casting your true essence in concrete so to speak, so it just cannot be ignored.

Once your touchstone is discovered, Wishcraft spends a lot of time in getting the 'wishing' right by leading you through more exercises to help you understand what is it that you want?

Ultimately you are made to feel that you have climbed to the apex of your dreams, so as to bring to life your meta-intention. The method then takes the task of 'crafting' your descent into the real world very seriously by detailing processes of creating flow-charts and schedules that have the unerring sure-footed persistence of a mountain goat, with no room left for excuses!

The third building block to Wishcraft is a back-up facility of friends, family and colleagues who can act as a support system to spur you on in fulfilling your dreams.

In summary, if you are attracted to the idea that what you put in to a task is what you get out of it, and don't know where to start, this book might offer you much. I was also distinctly left with the strong impression that waking up excited in the morning about the day ahead or gaining a deep satisfaction from accomplishing something dear is the true measure of success, which I am also indebted in being reminded about.
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