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The Why Cafe Paperback – January 3, 2011
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Without a million dollar publicity campaign, this little book, which only inspires us to ask ourselves three questions, has spread around the world via the best advertising machine that exists: word of mouth. That grass roots promotion has propelled this little book into the ranks of one of the fastest-selling...
A cosmic guidebook for living.
...the little self-help book that could:Word of mouth largely has produced sales in more than 40 nations.
After 21 mornings of stream of conscious typing, the small, white cafe he (Strelecky) had envisioned in his mind was open for business. John P. Strelecky s little guidebook poses a profound question to readers: Why am I here? --Orlando Sentinel
Top Customer Reviews
Until we know what our PFE is and discover activities that help us fulfill it, we waste time and energy on lots of things. Those who don't take steps to discover and fulfill their PFE are those who fear death. We are fulfilled by working toward our PFE. What would life be like if you were always doing the things you wanted to do, and feeling passionate about it? Events would begin falling synchronistically in place to help support you along the way, and you'd notice one lucky coincidence unfold after another. You'd begin seeing the world with new eyes, and noticing new opportunities.
This isn't a heavy self help book; this is a delightful story with fun and compelling insights. After reading it, you too will be well on your way to finding your own PFE. Andrea de Michaelis, Publisher Horizons Magazine, Spiritual Solutions For Florida Since 1992 [...]
If all that new books did was reference old books then the new books wouldn't be all that interesting would they?
I read this book because a friend was raving about it one night when we were discussing why so many people seem so miserable.
This story totally hits it. People just aren't tapped into what they really want to do with their life.
We buy off on all the ads and promos (by the way, I thought the piece on advertising was genius. I don't know if anyone has written about it before, but I hadn't heard about it before. And considering that there is someone trying to sell you things everywhere you turn, apparently even if someone has written about it before, the problem hasn't been solved! Maybe twenty more people should write about it so that we can finally start opening our inboxes without 100 pieces of spam sitting there.)
and then the next thing you know we're so far in debt we can't imagine ever quitting to go do something new or fun.
That's the piece that's so powerful about this book. Figure out what you want to do in life that makes you feel happy and fulfilled. Then go do it. Is it simple, sure. Are most people getting it, no. But when you get done reading this you definitely feel like its a lot more possible to do, and you feel more motivated to give it a try.
I don't really care if people have been searching for why they are here for centuries. I won't be around that long. Knowing that other people have been searching doesn't help me. What I wanted to know, and what I got from this, is that there is definitely an option to just following the unhappy herd.Read more ›
This is a great little book that tells a story and makes you WANT to take a look at your own life and decide what it is you really want to be doing, and it shows you a simple way to start doing it. The author suggests gradual do-able things like spending an hour a day doing what it is you want to do. Then, when you have that down, increase it to two and so on. It also reinforces that the universe will back you when you follow your heart and do what it is you really want to be doing. Why does everyone think we're here to be miserable? -We're not! We're supposed to be happy NOW -and not put it off till we retire.
I liked the 'Green Sea Turtle' story a lot -it's a great analogy that tells you to stop fighting/swimming against the tides, and instead ride the waves!
This book came to me when I was contemplating changing careers from something I really like, and want to be doing, to something that I felt like I 'should' do. It also reminded me of the title of another book called "Do What You Love And The Money Will Follow."
I really liked the part about how advertising adversely affects us all -how we see these images displayed in front of us, like bait dangling on a string. Here's an excerpt from the book that I liked a lot: "The Challenge, he said, is to realize that something is fulfilling because we individually determine it is fulfilling, not because someone else tells us it is." -Wow!-loved that part!
I finsihed this book in 2 sittings, -could easily be done in one if you're not distracted. I came away feeling better for have read this, and I realized that I needed to read this right when I did. I would highly recommend this book to give as gifts.
If you have heard about the basic ideas of this book from a secondary source (e.g., book reviews), chances are there is not much more you can learn by actually reading the book. Suggestions such as making sure you like what you are doing during your waking hours (your jobs), pursuing your interests and passion now instead of after retirement, living the lives that you want instead of what others want, answering the question yourselves about your own purpose for existing (PFE).... are some life principles that we all ALREADY know. If reading this book does suddenly change your life, it is probably because you are ready to change anyway. This book may simply reaffirm you of what you already set out to do. If you become a more fulfilling person after reading this book, it is essentially a self-fulfilling prophecy unfolding.
If there is one insight that I concur is "new," it is the author's theory about why many people who are enthusiastic about their goals normally have the "luck" to receive more help from other people. The theory is simple: enthusiastic people are more likely to talk with other people about what they want, and their enthusiasm more likely to receive support from those people who hear their stories. Aren't we all emotionally affected by people we know who are passionate about their goals?
Good luck with your soul-searching.
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Really easy read with lots of opportunities to open one's mind and truly contemplate "Why am I here? What is my purpose for existence (PFE)? Great answers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael E. McKeon
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a quick, easy read (almost too easy). I absolutely hated the writing style--simplistic and often awkward word choices, combined with... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Williams
This book is pure fluff. I could predict almost every line he wrote before I read it.Published 4 months ago by Madelyn Blair
Sometimes it is the simple and obvious that finally get you to stop and think. This is a fun read, simple to digest, and yet thought provoking at the same time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Photo
REALLY GOOD. Easy read. Deep resonating topics that stick with you long after youve finished it. Very similar writing style as Spencer Johnson. Highly recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Vanessa
The simplism of this book is so blatant that it becomes scary that so many people find it “inspiring”... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Penny Essex