Andrew Griffiths is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping people to achieve both their business and personal dreams and goals. He is a dynamic keynote presenter, specialist consultant and internationally renowned author.As an orphan growing … see full wiki
To say Andrew Griffiths has had an interesting life would be a serious understatement. Deserted by parents, abused by carers, and more, you could excuse him for feeling down on life. But instead he tells each chapter with an upbeat hope, ending with the sort of question that makes his tale apply to the boring everyday lives of his readers. Then he challenges us to make the most of our lives. The comfortably familiar can hold a child back from hope, and an adult from learning to make something of his/her life. Challenge yourselves, the author tells his readers. Be specifically positive and thankful. Recognize pivotal moments as opportunities and be empowered.
The writing’s smooth and honest. The voice is easy to read, neither overly personal, nor didactic. And the surprises keep each chapter fresh and new. How can a man deserted by his mother as a child still say his mother had the greatest influence on his life? How can Zen calm collapse into a sea of rage and still win through? And where does empathy come from in such a situation? Each chapter illustrates a lesson with no sign-posts and no sense of forcing the reader to follow along. Then the questions act like a sting in the tale, and the repeated refrain reminds us “It’s time to change your Me Myth.” It’s not all about me, or all about the author, and when we realize that it becomes “all” about so much more. Life can be so much more fulfilling.
Covering such topics as forgiveness, charity, communication, passion and more, with examples from a life well-lived, filled with adventure, wisdom, and lessons learned (octopi have real beaks for example), this is a pleasingly readable book with great teaching, memorable aphorisms, and wonderful encouragement. My favorite quote? “Problems are like diets; the longer you put them off the more you have to lose.” Highly recommended and a challenging incitement to wake up and have fun, this is that rare sort of self-help book that’s actually fun to read.
Disclosure: I found out it was free so I got it.
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