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2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, and no, 18 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Live Life Aggressively! What Self Help Gurus Should Be Telling You (Kindle Edition)
I'm about half way through this and trying to persevere, but the tone of the author is putting me off.

It's a shame really. The author is obviously a successful fitness trainer and I like pragmatic approaches to self-improvement, especially from those who recongise the improtance of the physical condition on the rest of our lives.

Certain chapters are interesting - particularly his insight regarding diet and its effect on our body and mental states. But quite frequently the chapters (articles that appear to be taken from his website, which, incidentally are free) degenerate into rants that in places seem petty, cycnical or under-informed.

A lot of this seems to be rants about what not to do. That's only so useful to an individual looking for advice on how to make improvements in their life. And some of his attacks on "Self Help Gurus" stem from theories that have simply been taken at face value. It makes me wonder if he has actually read the books by the big names (Dale Carnegie, Napolean Hill, Anthony Robbins etc) or is criticising on the basis of quotes he's come across but not taken the time to explore. At the very least it can seem cynically reactionary for the sake of drawing attention to his work. His "against-the-flow" attitude attracted me, but I wouldn't go to him for advice having read a few of the chapters.

In short, if you're intrigued check out the articles on his website - they're free and you'll get a flavour of his advice, but I'm sticking with the more positive stuff out there.
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