Friday, March 11, 2011

Shift by Takumi Yamazaki - Review

Excellent self-help book!

This book isn't just about finding your motivation.  It's about learning who you are and teaching you how to be who you want to be.  Motivation will take care of itself from that point.

I love that abstract ideas are presented in concrete manners.  Yamazaki uses everything from bowling to being in love to create lasting metaphors for the truths he's trying to pass on.  Everything is simply stated, but this is no simple book.  Each message forces you to take a good, hard look at yourself.  While reading, there are 13 exercises presented for you to accomplish either by yourself or with a partner or group.  I won't lie to you, some of these were quite difficult for me.  Alright, most of them were quite difficult.  Being honest with yourself is never an easy task, especially when it concerns who you are. 

I don't feel like I walked away a different person from this book, but I do feel like I walked away crisper and clearer.  It's almost like I can visualize life an in easier, more palatable manner.  I'm not a fan of negativity to begin with, but this book helped me look at some of my mannerisms and how they affect my life in a different light than I had before.  It's like the day you get new contacts and you notice leaves on the trees.  This wasn't another step in my quest for the meaning of life, but it created an entire new staircase for my quest in the meaning of me. 

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