Former bad boy-turned-inspirational messenger Preston Smiles shakes things up in the world of personal development, sharing a uniquely modern, love-based approach on how to live with more excitement, clarity, and confidence.
Preston Smiles, born in Compton and raised in Los Angeles, is no stranger to a life of adventure. As a teen he joined a local gang that was first involved in petty theft but later escalated into more dangerous crimes. One night when Preston was fifteen, he was faced with a decision to take a routine ride of mischief with the friends or stay home. Intuition told him not to go. Within an hour, everyone in that car was shot. This tragic event shook him to his core and catapulted him to finding higher purpose for himself.
Love Louder presents a positive approach for getting more love and meaning out of life. With the lessons he’s learned through the years, he distills ancient wisdom and new thought teachings into thirty-three timeless tools to living your best life and asks questions such as:
-What do you truly believe you deserve? Are your actions reflecting that?
-What are you a slave to? Facebook? Twitter? Alcohol? Him? Her?
-Do you have the need to be “right” all the time?
Love Louder can help you tackle these everyday challenges and teach you how to live with more excitement, productivity, clarity, and confidence. Full of insights and powerful anecdotes, Preston’s motivational story is a heartwarming read for anyone seeking guidance on overall happiness and fulfillment in life.
Life coach Smiles presents a concise but unoriginal system of 33 tenets designed for creating a positive outlook and, consequently, a more fulfilling life. These tenets range from the abstract ("trust the journey of life") to the more tangible (spend more time in nature). Smiles encourages living with gratitude, choosing forgiveness over resentment, and turning "wounds into wisdom." Many tips involve mental retraining to enhance self-confidence, such as learning it's okay to say "no" with the "People Pleaser Recovery Program," respecting intuition, and ditching society's warped standards in favor of authenticity, which involves creating a vision of success independent of those standards and designing a proper course of action towards one's individual goals. The system is a pastiche, interspersing instruction with inspirational quotes and hashtagged "challenges" that encourage making necessary changes such as reorienting one's "disempowering language" and identifying and eliminating bad habits. Smiles's life amplification system is a noble pursuit and its sleek design makes it convenient, but it largely consists of material that has been covered well by others.