7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Enjoyable Read,
This review is from: You Can Have What You Want (Paperback)
It's been a while now since I read both this author's books and listened to his CDs, so I can give a more considered review. I'm generally sceptical about self-help books (despite the fact that I find myself reading a lot of them!) but I think this author is one of the best self-help "gurus" out there. I found new insights, such as "where there's a way, there's a will" and the ideas behind effortless success. It's helped me to maintain a more balanced perspective on things and not get so stressed out about work.
That said, I think his overall message can be a little confusing. He says in the introduction that your happiness does not depend on getting what you want. I believe that's true. However, the title of this book, and the message he drums into you throughout the book, is that if you're not living the life of your dreams, you're somehow missing out on something. The implication is that you need to take action (or do his many exercises!) to change your life. I'm not so sure about that.
The author quotes Byron Katie a couple of times. I'm glad he did because it re-acquainted me with her work. It would be interesting to know what she would have to say about the ideas in this book. If you really want to find true happiness, I would recommend the work of Byron Katie instead (when you're ready for it!).