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Live What You Love: Notes from a Passionate Life Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
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The book, however, annoyed me. Aside from its Trump-like self-congratulatory tone and phoney sounding dialogue, there was a bigger issue that I could not get past.
The book talks about how the Blanchards live out their dreams after coming back from the brink of financial ruin, following the long-term hospitalization of their very prematurely born son. They do this by "following their hearts." I don't dispute the importance of that, but maybe the fact that the hospital decided to pick up the tab for the Blanchards had just a LITTLE something to do with it.
I was so happy for the Blanchards when I read about the hospital's kindness to them. I could not wait to read about how the Blanchards would be inspired by that act and someday do something kind for someone else... how they would incorporate that kindness into their lives and business ventures. What goes around, comes around, right? Maybe they'd donate a percentage of book profits toward medical research? Or do restaurant promotions to support families with sick children? I was disappointed that there is never any mention of them doing anything to help anyone but themselves.
Then, there's the "financial struggles." At times, they are legitimate. But then, when they miss Vermont and want to get back somehow, it sounds as though the Blanchards scrimp and save to buy a piece of property in hopes of "someday" building a small house they could retreat to for 2-3 months a year.Read more ›
Look, this book is a good read. Is it revolutionary in new ideas? No. Is it blithe and trite? No. This book is simply a pointed collection of simply-written life-stories from the authors. The stories all contain some angle on how they chose the feel-good, fun-loving alternative as opposed to the mundane, bill-paying one and what a fabulous idea that was for them. They keep some perspective though and freely admit to problems they faced as a result, agony in certain decisions, and errors in judgment.
Will you change your life because of this book? I struggle with that thought. The book is so simple, so easy-to-read, it screams out "beach reading!" at every page that it is hard for me to fathom altering my decision-making style. And yet, I find myself thinking of the characters (well, real people) and while their carefree spirit may not end up guiding me it certainly infects me and nudges me.
Live What You Love is a great book to give at graduations (and other such ceremonies) because its not your usual "Great Man" biography or cookie-cutter "Life Rules" books. It is simply the story of how one couple stuck together and made some brave moves. Plus it's short. And as a grad, I prefer my life-lesson books to be brief.
The book shares some of their salutary words of wisdom learned from a remarkable life to help you begin to live a life you love. Organized into a series of random intriguing personal short stories, you are provided with tonic quotes and an end to each chapter with a checklist for you to begin striving towards your own aspirations. This book is to be held and carried indefinitely, not rushed through like a novel. It's designed to be read over and over again, consoling a reader like a Tony Robbins or Joel Osteen book.
We've all heard the admonition of, "follow your dreams", but what does it really mean? Where do we begin? I have a steady job and am receiving AARP applications in the mail, is it too late? For anyone who might still hold an unconventional long cherished dream that doesn`t snugly fit into the sequence of an "average American lifestyle", Bob and Melinda do more than tell us how, they show us. To read "A Trip to The Beach" and "Live What You Love" consecutively will have you reflecting on where you are currently and wondering why you haven't begun to fertilize a lifelong dream kept in your backseat.
As Blanchard sums it up, "Our Life is a series of positive acts with purpose.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE this book !! It is just the right book at just the right time for me. This is helping me open my inner doors of new choices. Short, sweet and to the point. Thanks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kelly A. Townsend
Waste. of. Time. This book reads like a bad self-entitled teenage blog. The Blanchard formula for a successful book? Quote, Picture, Short story, "lesson", repeat. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ed
The book is about life experiences and learnings. The authors talk about their life experiences as a couple and business parterres; their struggles in life and how they strive... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Sujatha
This is a couple who follow their inner wisdom and the results are very inspiring! They teach us that just because you have succeeded in something does not mean you have to do... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by 4 horses
This was a great book to read during a vacation when the renewal of the spirit welcomes suggestions for renewing a sense of purpose in working life. Read morePublished on August 27, 2008 by Amazon Customer
This book was amazing. I had bought 10 copies to provide to my guests at our destination wedding to Anguilla and everyone loved the books. Read morePublished on June 30, 2006 by MLA
First, a few confessions. I did not read this book, I only skimmed parts of it while in a bookstore. Read morePublished on January 31, 2006 by Amazon Customer
I finished this book in two hours. Very encouraging and uplifting. If you need a little emotional boost or support when you are in the early stages of starting a new business, read... Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by E. Chan