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Look Ma, Life’s Easy: How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity Paperback – April 1, 2016
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About the Author
Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, prosperity life coach, speaker, and unconventional career expert. Ernie’s fifteen creative works—published in twenty-two languages in twenty-nine countries—have sold over 900,000 copies worldwide. His two international bestsellers The Joy of Not Working and How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free have been featured in major international media such as The Wall Street Journal and have sold a total of over 575,000 copies.
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The story revolves around Sheldon, a young man and Brock an obviously successful, prosperous and confident middle-aged man. The two meet as Brock encounters Sheldon admiring Brock's pristine vintage Mercedes 190 SL black ragtop parked on a Vancouver street.
With Sheldon's obvious envy, Brock reassures him that he too could own one. But Sheldon's come up with several reasons that would never happen.
Sometime we look at things as unattainable so we immediately write them off. We falsely believe these things and we label the outcome as being impossible. Brock challenges Sheldon that by illustrating the difference between something that is difficult and something that is impossible. Sadly, as human beings we tend to shy away from the difficult and things we believe to be impossible as more often than not it hinders us and limits us from reaching our true potential and achieving what we really want.
Of course, there is a price to pay. You have to work at it, make the effort and put in the time. It's a basic rule of the universe, Zelinski says and it's called the Easy Rule of Life. It says:
Do the easy and comfortable and life ends up being difficult. Do the difficult and uncomfortable and life ends up being easy.
Interestingly enough, this is the main message of the book.
Brock offers to take Sheldon under his wing continually showing the young man how he is only limited by his own limiting beliefs. The two go though a series of adventures, meeting a number of interesting characters along the way.
It's a truly compelling story as you turn the pages, you wonder what the duo are going to do next or what's the next lesson to be learned and it's almost as if the author wrote it that way.
Unlike some of his other books where you can pick up the book and read a chapter, put it down, then read another, this is certainly one where you want to delectably consume page by page, like a novel.
I couldn't help but think that if you have ever met Zelinski, saw him on TV or heard him speak, you can certainly hear Brock's voice as the voice of Zelinski himself. While knowledgeable and well read he comes across at times during the story as being outright flippant with a touch of "know-it-allness". And when you think something has gone to his head or maybe gone too far, for example during a seminar when a doubter decides that he's heard enough of his arrogance, and wants to leave and file a complaint against the presenter, the doubter is immediately challenged. At that point, Zelinski literally pulls yet another rabbit out of his hat to redeem himself.
The doubter is put in a position that if he leaves, he's proven the presenter's point; and if he stays for the entire time, he will either be transformed or have much more ammunition against the presenter. Either way the doubter is better off staying. In the meantime, Sheldon is taking this all in.
The book is more than about a successful man guiding a young man who wants a car. Sheldon in many respects can be anyone and there seems to be a little bit of Sheldon in all of us. At some point in our lives we seek guidance, mentorship, and inspiration; maybe some of us just need a good swift kick in the pants to get us going.
Regardless, if you are looking for any of these or perhaps a good story to read, "Look Ma, Life's Easy" should be immediately added to your must-read list.
Greg Gazin, gadgetguy.ca Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker
It is well written in an inspirational style using stories that captivates you and keeps you engaged all the way through. I certainly will recommend it not just as a book but as an excellent inspirational life guide.
Best selling author of How To Get A Job In 30 Days Or Less - Discover Insider Hiring Secrets On Applying & Interviewing For Any Job And Job Getting Tips & Strategies To Find The Job You Desire
The story was well written and it was a bit of a page turner - I wanted to know what happened next! I particularly liked the section on the value of creativity and his theory on the 'easy rule of life' that is the basis for the whole book.
It is the sort of book I will keep going back to and re-reading sections - especially when I need a bit of motivation. Congratulations and I thoroughly recommend this book.
Ernie has incorporated a little guidebook "Life's Secret Handbook" into the story told in "Look Ma, Life's Easy". The guidebook provides many unique and creative proverbs in an easy to read, empowering format. Here is one of the proverbs:
"Living just to get by is not enough. Just like the butterfly, an adventurous soul needs a varied and enchanting life -- green grass and happy skies, freedom to go where it pleases, and joys that await it."
Throughout "Look Ma, Life's Easy" Ernie reminds readers to pay close attention to synchronistic events and opens them up to finding their own creative niche, unlocking their personal key to abundance.
Ernie reminds us not to be worried about going beyond our comfort zone and to instead trust ourselves in our god-given intuition. As he advices through one of the other proverbs in the book, "Adventure may have its risks. Security and routine, however, can be much more injurious to the soul."
I use my kindle, love it for traveling, but MUCH prefer "hard copy" for books I want to keep. I can quickly scan for something I want to read again or use. With the kindle that kind of thing isn't easy. And I still love the look, smell, and feel of real books.
Publish in PB, please!