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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.
Richard continues to pursue wide and varied interests, which he occasionally blogs about.
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Breezy, easy, yet entirely accurate, this is the Short and Sweet version of his next more scientifically documented book. This book is neuroplasticity, how we can change our brains, by another name. He is interesting and unique. He expresses the keys to living well in his own fascinating way. He talks of prioritizing what is truly important to you, dropping the excuses, and doing it. He is designing an active, interesting and fulfilling life without embroidery or embellishment. It is entirely up to you to design that life--he has no agenda for how and what it should be. He did this after burning out, himself, so he knows of what he speaks.
This would be an especially delightful book for a Millennial or for someone working long hours. Easy to digest and easy to follow step-by-step instructions on getting happier, something we all want. This is a sort of Buddhist approach to living well, without judgements, prohibitions, and prescriptions, but with what you need to thrive.
As a retired healthcare provider who read "Virus of Mind" first, I liked it better. But, if you're short of time or don't care about the science, this is the book for you.
In a nutshell, author Richard Brodie, has distilled the best information from a slew of self-help books and training programs into a tight and coherent primer for personal growth and development. Chapter by chapter Brodie leads you through a clear and cogent process of transformation from victim to victor.
In my private practice as a professional life & career coach at Peak Performance Group, I recommend it as essential reading to all of my clients. Save yourself a lot of time and money and pick up a copy of Getting Past OK so you can do exactly as the title suggests. You'll be happy you did.
If you have any questions or are looking for additional recommended titles feel free to contact me.
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, 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