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Getting Past Ok: A Straightforward Guide to Having a Fantastic Life Paperback – August, 1993
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About the Author
Richard Brodie is best known as the original author of Microsoft Word. His self-help book, Getting Past OK, is an international bestseller. His groundbreaking book on memes, Virus of the Mind, spent 52 weeks on the Amazon.com Hot 100 and is used as a text in many college courses. An accomplished speaker, Richard has appeared on dozens of television and radio shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show.. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Brodie, only incidentally the author of the original Microsoft Word wordprocessing program, gives you plain talk and no mystical mumbo-jumbo about how to literally take control of your own life: first by shedding the disfunctional bad habits of procrastination and perfectionism, etc.. Then he challenges you to decide what is most important to you, in your one life (this is up to you -- he makes no attempt to influence your choice of values and goals). Then he helps you learn how to achieve that focus on "what matters" to you.
He deftly synthesizes his own rich personal real-world experiences as an erstewhile millionaire, with insights from great thinkers on the human condition such as Mohandas Gandhi, and findings from the rapidly emerging branch of the science of evolutionary psychology called "memetics" (about which he has written another really great book, "Virus of the Mind" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0963600117/grs
A "meme" (or "idea-virus) is any idea, which is good at getting itself replicated from one mind to another, not because it is true or beneficial or rational, but simply because its nature makes our minds susceptible to accepting it and passing it on.
So, Brodie warns us that some of our basic assumptions and even our most cherished belives may not be "true" -- they may just be the particularly effective idea-viruses that ended up in our mind. We will not be truely in control of our lives and able to achieve a truely fantastic life, until we honestly self-examine and reconfirm our beliefs.
"Whatever you choose to do from this moment forward, make it mean something to you. And have a fantastic life" -- Brodie
He outlines in clear steps--with some introspection required on the readers part--how to create a fantastic life for yourself.
Perhaps most importantly, this book is not about how you "should" live your life. It is about defining what a great life means to you and then following up and making the necessary changes while putting aside fear. I can't say that this book has changed my life yet. No book can do that. But it has helped me identify some less than ideal patterns and gaps in the way I approach things and helped me commit to making some serious changes for the better. I only wish that I would have read this book earlier in my life and avoided many of the mistakes that I have made along the way.
Brodie presents ideas in a way that allows the reader to view them in a personal context, and use the framework provided as a basis for change and personal growth. These ideas make sense!
Brodie's knowledge is shared in a warm, personal style, using anecdotes and the writer's own experiences to illustrate points and demonstrate how to apply the book's concepts to your own personal development.
Recommended for those who need to "get past ok" and especially for those who don't know it yet!
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