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Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter Paperback – January 7, 2003
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Urban, a psychology Ph.D. specializing in "peak performance," draws on his own life experiences, wisdom imparted by his mentors and basketball coaches, observations of high school and college students, and the writings of other self-help gurus like Stephen Covey and M. Scott Peck to compile this catechism of conventional truisms. According to Urban, lifes great lessons are exactly what you always dreaded theyd be (theyre also his chapter titles): life is hard and not always fair; theres no substitute for hard work; you have to give up something to get something. Although slightly disdainful of the hug-happy self-esteem movement, Urban does insist that we all have a potential to live up to. Fortunately, since "attitude is far more important than intelligence, education, special talent, or luck," with enough positive thinking success is virtually assuredas long as we buckle down, set goals and stick with them, manage our time efficiently and find Jesus Christ or some other kind of spiritual content to nourish our lives. Urban is an ex-high school teacher, a self-admitted former "growth junkie" and a leader of the "character education" movement, and is thus awash in good lessons; his prose, though, tends toward the bland and platitudinous, which may make the lessons hard for some to swallow.
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This hardcover edition is nicely made: clear, dark typeset, which was
the reason I purchased the book. I was looking for an upgrade from my
paperback copy, which was yellowing. I think that this is a great book,
it really hits home for me. I do not usually go for these self exploratory
type of books, but it served to clarify my thinking on some points. One of
them is the difference between wishing for something versus setting a goal.
I really can't delve too deeply into the content of the book.It takes some
concentration on the reader's part, but I think it's worth the energy that you
put into it. And the author writes simply, you won't have any trouble understanding
what he is saying. I think the book is worth exploring and I highly recommend it.