Our willingness to acknowledge the things we cannot control is inextricably linked to our happiness and success in life. Based on years of study of the greatest philosophers, thinkers and psychoanalytic experts of all time, author Joe Caruso distills the essence of the simple, common, timeless human truths in this very readable and enjoyable book.
While many self-help books deal with external strategies, this book goes straight to our inner-selves and suggests simple strategies, such as the Four Rules of Engagement and the Five Steps to Wisdom. A great book to read, and reread.
In this earnest volume, consultant and motivational speaker Caruso encourages readers to"remember that the only control you really have is over yourself," and demonstrates how readers can keep their focus on the things that they can control rather than waste time and energy struggling against a situation or a person they can't. In letting go of the need to control, he believes, readers can attain find power in situations that used to make them feel powerless,"move past" their fears, achieve greater self-knowledge and understanding, and take great strides towards happiness and satisfaction. The author underscores his points with apt quotations from great thinkers and philosophers, from Confucius and Aristotle to John F. Kennedy and Sam Snead. He also includes poignant stories from his own life--his struggles with sports and music and a miraculous recovery from cancer--and the wisdom that helped him gain perspective.. Some anecdotes of success from his work as a corporate teacher and inspirational speaker seem too simplistic, and his overuse of italics and"quotes" are distracting, but this friendly and readable book is an inspiration to make small but meaningful changes in the way one views and responds to the world.
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The Power of Losing Control
What a truly amazing book! The content is practical, purposeful and thought provoking. I am thankful that I will forever have a resource that can help guide myself in this journey of life.