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The Motivation Manifesto Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It's a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book. -- Paulo Coelho
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After surviving car accidents, brain injuries, countless failures, and the demands of running his global online training company, he has dedicated his life to helping others find their charge and share their voice and experiences with the world. Meet him, and receive free resources on motivation and high performance, at BrendonBurchard.com.
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Ultimately, this book takes a very Ancient Greek, even Victorian, high-idealized view of humanity, thinking that simply imploring us to live to the Highest Standard Imaginable (lots of caps words are used to emphasize the Highest Form of the Word) will get us there ... or perhaps at least get those "Worthy of It" there. This is basically just the Western Approach, even the Old Testament Biblical approach, which causes a lot of pain, because it always sets the individual next to the Ideal, and against an ideal the individual must always fail.
The real danger of Burchard's work is that he presents it eloquently, emphatically and matter-of-fact-end-of-story-no-more-argument-style enough that I think many folks will be tempted to turn off their inner-critic whilst reading it. Dont buy into Burchard's sold fear that if you question the material in the book you might just be one of the "small-minded fearful ones" ... if you're going to read this book do so with an open heart and very open mind and let your critical mind stay active, watching your responses from a distance. If you feel your heart pinching or any self-loathing developing while reading the book, take note of that, and go ahead and question if it's a direct result of the language, tone and underlying attitude Burchard is using (don't immediately blame yourself!!!).
If you're looking for something very balanced, realistic, practical and effective beyond a purely theoretical and poetic level, I'd recommend Jack Canfield. I don't have any interest in his stuff byeond personal experience of it. Im promoting it here because Im impressed with it. Much moreso than Burchard's work.
Final note, wanna respond directly to a statement Burchard makes: "We can punish a selfish and callous child without becoming selfish or callous." The statement is such BS I almost don't have words to go into it. It's a quintessentially archaic view of humanity and really gives a one-sentence window into the contempt Burchard has and the pain he may be hiding/stuffing/suppressing with his idealized philosophy. A child is born the opposite of selfish/callous (a child has self-centeredness, but this is natural survival drive, and with good balanced loving parents grows into good balanced loving self-awareness) ... and if he/she has become selfish or callous it's 100% gauranteed the fault of the person in its life that thinks they need to "punish" it for being selfish/callous, state which they caused in the first place. And all that with a high-minded notiong of having "Intended Love" for the punished and chastised little brute. Man, this is such the Victorian Child Rearing view of hurting a child for it s own good, so it doesnt become a tyrant.
Burchard wants to treat his (and your) inner child in this same way, continuing to abandon and punish it, hating the pain and misery it has felt and acting as though all he, and you, need do is Choose to push it down and Overcome in order to no longer be controlled by the suffering of flawed coping mechanisms. This is no different than any other well-meaning by superficial (albeit eloquent) western philosophy. IN fact it's basically the same as what we've been getting for centuries, and are just now starting to realize has actually been the source of a lot of our pain.
We don't transcend by just transcending. If we could we would have done so already. Real transcendence comes from massive inner and external honesty and compassion and acceptance and accountability. Do the real work, feel the real feelings, revel in who you really are, all the flaws and hurts included.
Another recommendation is Internal Family Systems work ... really cool groundbreaking stuff.
So, good try Brendan, thanks for the eloquent exhortations, but please look a little deeper, and please pull this book and do a new edition with the help of some really insightful therapists.
Do NOT expect a list of tactics or step-by-step formulas that will make you rich, skinny, or lead to the love of your life. Instead, it’s a deep look at our inner psychology--what holds us back and how can we rewire our brains to break through our fears to live daily in a fully charged and inspired state. And when you do THAT, you will live in happiness as you pursue your true dreams.
Burchard has written a unique book that blends modern psychology with the wisdom of the ages, in a style that accessible and engaging. (My top 10 quotes from the book are below.)
-Kevin Kruse, author
“Why having been endowed with the courageous heart of a lion, do we live as mice?”
“We must ask if our desires to feel safe and accepted are in fact enslaving us to popular opinion—and to boredom.”
“The dominant motives of humankind involve either freedom or fear; there are no other pathways in our psychology.”
“And so mature adults realize that motivation is not an accident, not so much a feeling as it is a conscious commitment to a motive, a choice toward something, a deeply held reason to act.”
“Motivation is sparked by ambition and expectancy.”
“Let us remember that all that we love of life can be accessed only now.”
“In a modern world plagued by distraction, our greatest work in becoming better lovers is reconnecting with those who have already given us their hearts.”
“The joyous are simply more conscious and consistent in their attempts to sense and generate joy and gratitude.”
“To be wise and virtuous humans, conscientiousness is required, especially when faced with the Seven Temptations of impatience, disappointment, desperation, aggression, hurt, loyalty, and power.”
“Scanning our surroundings like beasts on the run is not what we are after. It is the curious and unhurried eye that brings color back to life.”
-Kevin Kruse, author