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Ride of Your Life: A Coast-to-Coast Guide to Finding Inner Peace Paperback – December 2, 2014
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· "Ran Zilca's Ride of Your Life guide is a rare collection of scientifically-sound advice fused with unique spiritual experiences, which is bound to lead you into a transformative journey through life." - Deepak Chopra
· "Ride of Your Life is a cross between Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness...anyone who reads this book will be sowing seeds of change, finishing it as a slightly different person than before he/she started." - Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The Myths of Happiness
About the Author
Ran Zilca is a research scientist, technology entrepreneur, and certified personal coach, who pioneered the use of mobile applications to deliver programs of positive personal transformation. With a combination of psychological research and computer science, Ran’s companies develop innovative programs of personal growth and have worked closely with partners like Deepak Chopra and Stephen Covey. His research in engineering and psychology has been published in major scientific publications in the past 22 years, and his weekly posts on major blogs attract hundreds of thousands of readers each month. Ran is a loving husband and father of three, a guitar player, and a biker. In the course of his work, he developed a step-by-step process of personal transformation and followed it in his life. The result was a 6,000 mile solo motorcycle ride across the country, a new book, the sale of his company, and a move to a different continent. To learn more, visit: www.rideofyourlife.com
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Title: Ride of your life: coast-to-coast guide to finding inner peace
Author: Ran Zilca
Review: The forward by Phil Zimbardo was very inspiring, he describes Ran Zilca as an everyday hero as he was someone special, someone that refused to let his environment fringe what he was do and began going again the socially accepted flow. While only a few pages into the book I was extremely eager to hear more about Ran and learn more of his journey across America. Ran's life was especially good he was an extremely successful man who was living the American dream but he felt every decision he made tied him down further and that something was missing from his near perfect life.
He eventually discovered through inner reflection that he wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of being a biker and ride across the country, he sets himself on a journey to find inner peace through a long lost and recently found dream. After learning to ride a motorcycle Ran lays out his plan for a solo ride from New York to California with some stops on the way to talk to authors and psychology researchers where he will talk about his thoughts and feelings on video. Finally on September 29th 2010 he started his journey temporarily leaving behind his family and everything else about his life in search of the one thing he needs to complete himself.
It was fascinating to read about Ran’s preparations for the journey, how he went from dream to reality in the space of a short year. From his first time on a small motorcycle (and failing the safety test) to gaining the confidence and gear to make his journey, the reader is invited along. This isn’t, of course, a journey about just the miles. It’s also an inner journey of self-discovery and inner realization. Ran enlists the help of several luminaries along the way, including Barbara Fredrickson, Sonja Lyubomirsky and Philip Zimbardo, to help him to understand the science of his experiment (sample size = 1). Ran also learns from the individuals he meets along the way at truck stops, at gas stations, at motels and realizes that the “ride of your life” can take place even if you never leave your hometown.
Between the hours he spent each day riding in contemplation, the conversations with people that he randomly met along the way, and the expert interviews, Zilca managed to surface some unique food-for-thought and thought-provoking insights that are bound to leave you reassessing your own life and your decisions.
In many respects, Ride of Your Life is also a tribute to the classic US road trip, off-the-interstate books (like Blue Highways, or On the Road, written before the interstate system was built). Sticking to the back roads and small towns, Zilca discovers the “real America” where life takes a different pace and a different perspective then the origin of his journey (New York) and the final Destination (California). Overall, this is a short, fun, and inspiring book that crosses the traditional boundaries of literary genres. Perfect to take on a trip with you or to read over a weekend, and I can easily see some people being driven to action or changing things in their life after reading it.
"I think, actually, that when people learn about the science of positive emotions or the positivity ratio, there's a temptation to make your motto, "I’m going to be positive." People think it will be easy. But think that strategy backfires because there is a huge difference between genuine positive emotions and insincere positive emotions. Insincere positive emotions or even wishful-thinking…sometimes we have insincere positive emotions because we want to make someone else think we're happy even though we really don't care: maybe it's the flight attendant saying goodbye to three hundred people leaving the plane, as part of a role. Other times, people learn about it and they so earnestly want to feel better that they strong-arm themselves into positive emotions rather than changing their thinking or their behavior first. So, I think that a much better motto than "be positive" is "be open," or be appreciative and kind.
"Be open" does wonders because, especially in our contemporary culture, we are so caught up in mental time travel ruminating about the past, or your mind telling you to think about this next thing that's coming in the future. We are constantly outside of the now. This is a great thing that humans can do, that other animals aren't able to – that mental time travel. It's a great human achievement, but it also robs us of the subtle experiences of goodness around us. I think that a really important strategy for being open is to just tune into all of your senses: look at the trees, feel the breeze on your skin when you’re on the motorcycle, just listening and really tuning into what your senses are telling you. That our quickest pathway into the present moment."
This is just one example of the type of wisdom and insight included in this wonderful book. As such, I highly recommend this title as a spiritual and personal growth resource, and, it's particularly a great read for anyone who has a genuine affection for motorcycling and who also ponders the deeper aspects of existence.