You guys know I’ve been banging on a bit about the universe this year right?
Well the universe has struck again.
I’ve had a copy of Life in Half a Second sitting on my desk since I first read it in late November last year. It was a big driver in the decision to write my book and I’ve been meaning to review it here on the blog for the past few months. But for whatever reason, I just haven’t gotten round to it.
Then, completely by-the-by, I got the chance to chat with the book’s author Matthew Michalewicz on Monday. Clearly the universe didn’t want me to share this book with you till I’d spoken with Matthew
In a nutshell, Life in Half a Second is a blueprint for success.
Given I’ve been striving for success my whole life (where success = achieving the goals I set for myself), you’d think I’d have read every book there is on the subject. And I have. So I didn’t really expect to learn anything new from Matthew’s book. I was still keen to read it however as I like getting different takes on a subject I’ve read a lot on.
Well lo and behold, I got something new from Life in Half a Second.
I got stunning clarity. Clarity and drive. It completely galvanised me into action and changed my thinking about the goals I had for myself at that point in time.
Which is precisely what Matthew was aiming to deliver to his readers when he wrote the book.
Matthew’s been reading books about success his whole life and started creating his own theories around the topic around 10 years ago. (This is what happens when you have academics as parents apparently … you do research and create theories!)
The more research he did, the more it became apparent that pretty much all the books on success fell into two categories:
- Someone successful writing about what they did to achieve their success – which while inspiring is often not applicable to our own situations.
- Fluffy, airy fairy ‘if you want it bad enough, it will happen’ type stuff.
And I completely agree with him. Pretty much all the books I’ve read on the topic do fall into those two categories.
While those books have their place, Matthew felt there was a distinct lack of science-driven, fact-based, well-researched material when it came to the topic ‘how does one achieve success’. So that’s what he set out to deliver in his book, and deliver he did.
Now I’m not one for ‘spoilers’ so I’m not going to outline the five steps in Matthew’s blueprint here. But suffice to say, my highlighter got a fair workout while I was reading. Here’s one of the first things I highlighted (regular readers of this blog will not be surprised).
If you’re feeling a lack of direction in your life right now, then this book is for you. I’m not one for making big promises, but I’d be stunned if you didn’t come away from reading it feeling energised and inspired to take real action. And if you’re lucky enough to be attending #PBEVENT in August … Matthew is speaking there and I for one can’t wait.