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I am Keats: Escape Your Mind and Free Your Self* Paperback – December 10, 2016
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Tom Asacker is often described as a creative force, albeit a wayward one. He is an artist, writer, inventor, and philosopher. He writes, teaches, and speaks about radically new practices and ideas for success in times of uncertainty and change.
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This is a book for those who suspect they may be "stuck." Stuck in their heads, stuck in their habits, stuck on the "right path" doing all the "right things" in all the "right ways" in spite of that nagging feeling in your gut that something...seems...wrong. The nagging feeling that the "right" way may not be YOUR way.
This is a book about giving yourself permission to be yourself. As Joseph Campbell memorably said, "there is no purpose in life; there is only a purpose in YOUR life." I Am Keats reminds all of us to let that purpose breathe and blossom.
I think the most influential lesson of the book is to surrender expectations - to do what's worth doing even though we may be uncertain of the outcome. The journey really is its own reward.
This book is hardly "indescribable," as Seth Godin wrote. But it may well be beyond description. If you're looking for five simple steps this book is not for you. Not surprisingly, life does not reveal its magic in a five-step solution.
If happiness is success then Tom advises you to "drop your self-important identity, give up the chase for certainty and comfort, and let go of the need to figure everything out." It starts with I Am Keats.
I love the way Tom Asacker explains the Keats vs. Coleridge parts of our mind. I love the Spontaneity vs structure, the Day to day enjoyment vs day to day preprogrammed planning.
Listening to one of the podcasts Tom Asacker did for "I Am Keats", he talks about a question his writing partner Shannon McCarthy Minuti asked him. "Why does success have to equal happiness, why can't happiness equal success?" What a powerful thought-provoking question. It's brilliant, why not.
It's a short read, but a heavy read that I found I not only needed to, but wanted to reread to help myself try and integrate these concepts into my life.
If you find yourself having these same struggles and thoughts, I highly recommend this book.
I'm also in a new phase of life where I'm exploring new directions. For those of us who've just escaped a boring old story, this book is a great catalyst to spark new ways of thinking and explore a more rewarding life.