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Not a typical self-help book...
on 10 July 2017
First off, this is not a typical self-help book, but then Shed is not a typical author. He states in the introduction that he hopes the reader will find the book useful, entertaining, and interesting and, in my opinion, it absolutely is all three.
Success Or Your Money Back contains 30 chapters and they each appear to cover a different subject. They are however linked, and take the reader on a journey of self-discovery. Yes, that does sound a bit flowery, but that’s only down to my limitations as a writer. In a nutshell, each chapter is a hugely encouraging pep talk, packed full of reassuring nuggets of information, some of which you already kind of know but will benefit from having explained to you. If you’ve ever thought ‘all adults are bluffing it’ for instance, it’s good to discover you’re not alone.
Unlike many self-help books, many of which have a narrow focus on a particular issue, this book’s advice will resonate with anyone who wants to improve their situation or who just requires motivation. It’s written in a wonderfully informal style, yet this doesn’t detract from the serious points it makes. Read it in one sitting if you wish – personally I think you’ll stop reading very early on to start jotting down ideas and plans of action – or keep it handy and dip in and out of at will: either way it’s hard to imagine anyone finishing this and thinking it wasn’t worth the purchase price. If I could give the author one piece of advice, I’d urge him to create an audiobook version.