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Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth Hardcover – October 15, 2008
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About the Author
Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as the most successful personal-development blogger on the Internet, attracting more than two million monthly readers who value his unique insights. Instead of posing as a self-help guru with all the answers, Steve encourages people to fearlessly conduct their own personal growth experiments in order to learn through direct experience. He has written more than 700 free articles, often challenging his readers to question what they’ve been taught and to consider alternative perspectives. Blue-eyed, colorblind, and left-handed, Steve is the voice of recessive genes that seek creative expression instead of social conformity.
This is Steve’s first book.
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In a nutshell
This book takes a new approach to personal development. I've read numerous books on goal-setting, relationships, career, finances, etc. and 99% of them focus on the practical things you can do in order to achieve success in whatever area you'd like to. "Personal Development for Smart People" is unique in that it tries to establish a set of core principles that form a foundation of all personal development, rather than just focusing on what you should try to DO. Steve Pavlina believes that it is acting out of the 7 core principles of Truth, Love, Power, Oneness, Authority, Courage, and Intelligence that guarantees success. Just like how there are universal laws of physics, he believes that he has discovered the universal laws of personal growth.The first half of the book explains the 7 core principles, and the second half of the book discusses how to apply them.
How different is "Personal Development for Smart People" from other personal development books?
It is extremely differernt- sometimes too different for my comfort. Of course, Steve Pavlina is very different from your typical self-help book author. He starts off the book by describing how he was arrested for felony grand theft as a 19 year-old, and subsequently got kicked out of college. He enrolled in another college and graduated in THREE semesters, while double-majoring in computer science and mathematics. Now, he is a vegetarian, and eats only raw food. He is also married to psychic medium/intuitive counselor.
So... you would expect Steve's book to be a little out-of-the-ordinary, yea?
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That said, I was a little disappointed by Steve's recent book, which is titled after his site. Steve is ambitious in his book's scope: he wants to define the "core principles" of personal growth, the principles on which all successful growth efforts are based. There exist self-help books on a broad range of topics--personal finance, career choice, relationships, and so on--and Steve wants his book to subsume all of them. His thesis is that all effective personal growth techniques are based on a few core principles. If you apply these principles to your life, he thinks, the more-specific techniques presented in other books will come naturally.
Steve's presentation is clear and well-thought-out. I like his core principles, which are named Truth, Love, and Power. Truth is seeing and accepting things as they are, Love is engaging fully and openly with the world, and Power is consciously effecting change. I also like Steve's scientific approach: he requires that his principles be universal, complete, irreducible, congruent, and practical. And I think Steve is probably right that his principles underlie most, if not all, effective personal growth efforts.
So why did I find PDFSP a little disappointing?Read more ›
If you are unfamiliar with Steve Pavlina, I encourage you to check out his personal development website at [...] One could literally spend hours reading through more than 700 free articles of incredibly thought provoking information on that site. In the span of a few years, Steve has risen to the top echelon of personal development aficionados, attracting more than two million monthly readers to his site. When I first stumbled upon Steve and his website, I was amazed at the depth of his knowledge in personal growth. Steve's tag line is to "live life consciously" and in each article of his that I read, I grow more confidant that he truly follows this mantra every single day.
Steve begins the book by taking us back to the pivotal moment in his life when he realized that he was interested in personal development. It was 1991, and he was sitting in a jail cell after being arrested for felony grand theft. It soon becomes clear that he has had his fair share of life experiences to build from.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was very easy to read and is packed with powerful tips to help me see things in a different perspective. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book and Steve are both awesome, but anyhow they require action, so reading the book won't change your life, but having this book as a companion will for sure enrich it on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Golobar
Great book , must-read for building a principled life of courage .Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was comparing it with L.Ron Hubbard stuff. Steve is on right track, but LRH has it exactly right.Published 2 months ago by mike j
I had the electronic version of this book which I devoured! I really like a print version of a book. It's sometimes easier to get to the part you want to reference. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Buckeyne
This is a great book. I read it in a difficult period of my life, one of my all-time lows, and it helped to restore faith in myself and gave me hope that I could take charge of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abner Rosenweig
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this refreshing book. No fluff and less full of relative content of development and not your typical motivational empty stuff most people print.Published 5 months ago by PureLifeTropics
I've read a fair share of self-help and self-improvement books. This is probably the best one I've ever read as it encompasses lessons learned elsewhere in a very, very... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shaurja
This is a great book to read. It has been a while since I read it but Steve Pavlina is someone who knows what is going on and how to put it in a way that really is useful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JMR