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101 Survival Secrets: How to Make $1,000,000, Lose 100 Pounds, and Just Plain Live Happily Paperback – October, 2000
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Some of the 101 "secrets" are good to know, if you don't know them already, such as getting an accountant to help you with your taxes. But many of them are contradictory - for example, Hatch can't seem to decide whether or not we should care what other people think. And some of them are simply not true for most people. Hatch's failure to take any good from his years of university training, for instance, is a poor argument against formal education.
Likewise, Hatch's recollections of his experiences on Survivor are only modestly interesting ("modest" not being a word used much in connection with Hatch) and not candid at all. They certainly lack detail: this is not a "tell-all" book. His observations are mostly self-aggrandizing and reveal none of the self-examination that he seems to recommend to his readers. Worse, Hatch's observations about life both on and off the island often don't ring true. It is difficult to believe, for instance, that Hatch really knows even one very unhappy person who has a wall somewhere that is filled with university diplomas. And it is even harder to believe Hatch's claim that public response to him since the show aired has been overwhelmingly positive.
Maybe the book's greatest virtue is that it revals a good deal of Hatch's personality quickly. Also, it is extremely short. Overall, this is a disappointingly empty, vapid work.
There are too many self-help gurus asking people to fork over big bucks for sappy messages aimed at making the guru rich. The best advice is often free, if not cheap and this book has it in abundance. If you want change, change yourself. That's Hatch's message--loud, clear and, best of all, short. After all why spend time reading a long complicated book when you can be busy applying its principles to making your life better.
Sure many things are easier said than done. But when you think about it, the choice is still always simple--suffer your wretched life or change it.
Get yours before death gets you. That's the point of this book...and I can dig it.
PS: I saw 15 minutes of Survivor....what a bunch of hype. But Hatch used it to get to where he wants to be....good for him!! He talks about selfishness...I am all for that. It's a short life. Live it how YOU want to live it.