On the power of mind over matter, about positive thinking, of inspirational and yet down to earth quotes and excerpts of people (quite a few were British). People like Walt Disney, Andy Hardcastle, Mark Holden, Muhammad Ali.

Starting chapter:
List 5 things we love to do
List 5 things we are really good at
List one thing we consider to be essential to do in life
List 3 things we would do if we won the lottery
What do we want our obituary to say, if it were to be recited
Now write down what our purpose is

Poses specific questions for the reader, and gets reader to think of how to set goals. It occured ti me asking (oneself) the right questions is the first important step towards achieving one’s desired goals. It’s about being conscious about what we want, and who we are. And thereafter, letting (what the book calls) Recticular Activating System.

Easy read. Light and yet not unsubstantial. I liked the real-persons perspectives.

Plenty of motivational quotes.

“nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than an unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not; the unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge, 30th US president, 1872-1933.

“people don’t fail in life, they just give up trying”.