The reviewer wrote:
"Sure, it's great when we are lucky, but I don't think it's wise to promote an idea that following this author's programme will increase the likelihood of good luck coming our way so that our lives will suddenly take off out of nowhere in a flurry of unexpected success and happiness. This is pretty naive -- and it's dangerous."
Well, first of all: HOW exactly is expecting good things to happen to you DANGEROUS? He/she makes no explanation how this can possibly be DANGEROUS!
Second of all: I don't know what life experience the reviewer has had, but, you know what? My experience HAS been that, by and large:
When I have been following a correct and true path, helping hands HAVE been there to help me, and my so-called "luck" HAS been better! When I have been making choices not in line with what I am supposed to be doing, then things HAVE been more difficult for me. The author says: "Compassion begins when we realise just how random life can be" But, you know what? Far from being mercurial and random, I have found life to be more or less influenced by my own motivations, and not random at all!!!!
Can folks still get randomly hit by a car or have a random brick fall on their heads? Yeah, I guess. Was this their "fault"? Well, not always--- but even these so-called random events are often influenced by our own state of mind and focus. If you are angry all the time and distracted you are less likely to be paying attention crossing the street.
But, OK, I admit that sometimes bad things DO seem to randomly happen to good people. Yes, I agree.
But the thing that I am saying is that, far from being the way life generally works, these are exceptions to the rules that you get what you expect to get, and that you get back what you give out.
And I think the reviewer is missing the main point. YES it is SOMETIMES true that those who give up everything, "Believe in themselves," and "have the guts to follow their own star" do NOT become famous, rich and successful. Can anyone say "Vincent van Gogh"? The guy is the poster boy for giving up everything for an artistic vision, yet dying destitute anyhow.
But the point he/she is missing is that, far from being random, almost every successful person you are going to meet actually HAS kept that focus of artistic vision before them at all times, and focused greatly upon their goal and believed in themselves. That is, while it won't GUARANTEE your success, keeping these attitudes will GREATLY ENHANCE THE LIKELIHOOD that you WILL succeed-- and NOT having them will GREATLY ENHANCE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT YOU WILL FAIL! You will rarely find a successful artist who doesn't have at least some of these attributes.
That has been my observation anyhow.