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The Hamlet Secret: A Self-Directed (Shakespearean) Workbook for Living a Passionate, Joy-Filled Life Paperback – July 3, 2009
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A full time executive and personal coach for the past 18 years, James has kept many aspects of the theatre-based tools of his coaching, adding concepts from most of the great books and authors on the topic and coaching in multiple venues. Working with executives, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses in generational transition, his work centers on personal empowerment and self-discovery.
Born in NYC, he is the 13th born of 14 children he has spent the last 18 years of his life researching, writing and developing powerful coaching methods and tools. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and currently lives in a northern Chicago suburb with his wife and 3 children, serving on the Cultural Arts Commission and helping people 'make it happen' in their lives.
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The premise behind the book is really taking 100 percent responsibility for you being who you are, your actions and inactions and where they lead you.
So whatever situation you find yourself in you have to act AS IF it was all you in order to move on from there. It follows a nice rhythm as chapters and corresponding exercises build on each other to provide you with the necessary tools required to face your fears, doubts, procrastination, etc.
The exercises in the Workbook look deceptively simple but they are not!
You literally have to UNFOLD YOURSELF (title of the opening chapter and exercise) by doing a little expose on yourself in 150 words or so starting with name, weight, who you say you are, discovering how inauthentic we are (yeah, how we lie everyday:) but it stays "soft" starting out and becomes more in-depth as you progress.
Basically, each exercise is a challenge - your challenge - to see how truthful you are with yourself and others by extension. That theme that runs through the entire book. Stop lying to yourselves people.
The chapters headings are brief and succinct Hamlet quotes which the author clearly explains in plain English and develops a theme around them followed by quaintly named exercises like "Mere Beasts", "Murder's Miraculous Tongue" "The devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape" and so on.
This had to have involved so much research because they are used so effectively to illustrate the object of every lesson and the exercises expand on them for our benefit.Read more ›
Unfortunately, I don't currently have the money to hire a coach which is how I came across James M. Lynch's do-it-yourself life coach site ([...]) which lead me to his book.
The Hamlet Secret is exactly what I was looking for. It lays out a year-and-a-half of exercises that will help provide insight and direction and move me forward in my search for what to do next.
I've only done the first few exercises, but I already like Lynch's matter-of-fact tone and common-sense approaches. Lynch encourages his readers to be the star of their own life and I am looking forward to preparing for that role with the rest of the exercises.
So, two thumbs up for The Hamlet Secret. If you're looking for a good guidebook to taking control of your life, this is the place to start.