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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly motivational motivational book, April 25, 2012
This review is from: The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms (Hardcover)
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Move over Steven Covey... Get outta town Les Brown... Tell Zig to take a Zag and let Tony Robbins go South for the winter. There's a new kid in town and her name is Danielle LaPorte. She's high octane, fast talking, and will shock your motivation back to life with about a million gigavolts of white hot energy.

When I first got the Fire Starter Sessions from the Vine program, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not big on motivational, self-help lit, but there was just something about the description of this book that made it stand out on the list. Something that really made me want to grab it.

True to her promise, Laporte really does deliver a soulful and practical guide to creating success on your own terms. Writing in plainspoken prose, the author divides her book up into chapters that she calls motivational sermons on life.

She won't really tell you things that you don't already know or blow you away with brand new concepts. It's really the unique way that LaPorte puts all her information together that helps her readers understand that they can not only define themselves on their own terms but can also have the motivation to do so that makes this book just so darn good.

LaPorte's message is clear. In Part 1 (Mojo), she describes how you need to define yourself by identifying what motivates you and honing in on your strengths. In Part 2 (Moxy), she goes over some basic tools that will help you figure out what is holding you back and how to harness your inner skills and energy to explode on the scene. And in Part 3 (Results), she goes over how to use the tools that you learned in the first two parts to get the things you want and how to come upon your own definition of success, rather than rely on the definitions or expectations of others. In addition to truck loads of practical advice and useful information, LaPorte also imparts some heavy doses of wisdom.

LaPorte's emphasis on authenticity throughout the book really resonated with me. One of her main messages is that if you are not honest with yourself and true to yourself, you will never be satisfied with your success. This is not a book about walking up the ladder of success by stepping on the heads of your peers. It's about an ethical and truthful approach to making it big on your own terms, without steamrolling your way through life and causing a lot of collateral damage. It's about making it big and still being able to sleep at night.

The book is incredibly well written. The words really just pop off the page and I was hooked from start to finish. The colloquial style--I imagine that LaPorte really writes exactly the way she speaks--is perfect for this kind of book. Her prose is clear, engaging, and always interesting, something that cannot be said for any other motivational-type book that I've read in the past. LaPorte is one heck of a writer.

The book is definitely useful for all types. You do get the sense that a lot of the material is geared toward the business crowd, but it is certainly generalizable to the a larger audience. That being said, LaPorte gives a lot of general information, eschewing specifics that might be important to certain professions or walks of life. I believe that she does this so that the book has a more mass appeal. I would be interested in reading more from her on individual topics.

The typography and layout is a little busy. This definitely fits LaPorte's personality, but at times some of the layouts were distracting and didn't really add anything to the narrative. Given Laporte's writing, none of this was really necessary--you could print this up in soldier-like columns on cream colored newsprint and the book would still be exciting.

This book is definitely a keeper and the kind I would definitely spend my hard earned money on. It was a blast to read and is also something that I will keep as a reference for the future. Highly recommended.
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