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(Note: I’m not accusing the author of plagiarism — the material in question appears in many forms in the world and can certainly be considered to be widely accepted lore — rather, I’m drawing attention how much I agree with the ideas at hand)
What Zelina brings to the table that’s new, however, will be of great value to many, and that’s a level of authenticity in his personal accounts not generally found in writings of this kind, and that makes his work all the more accessible, since it allows the reader to consider the ideas without rejecting them out of hand based on a dismissal of the associated stories, sometimes tall tales, that at best could often be ascribed to simply getting a lucky break. Not so in Zelina’s work.
There’s one factor that I did not like at all, but others may love, and that’s his frequent reference to YouTube videos. Now, he makes this as easy as can be in a book by providing a QR code to scan with a smartphone and a backup text URL, but for me, if I wanted to watch YouTube videos to get information, I’d be on YouTube watching videos, not on Amazon buying books. As I say, others may love the multimedia content, however.
Altogether a well-written book; it comes across as a bit simplistic in places, but this is likely a result of its translation from Hungarian, a beautiful language that has rather more shades of nuance than English, which doubtlessly caused the translator to have to make some difficult translation choices. Absolutely nothing that hinders communication or pleasantness of reading, though — to me, anyway.
In short, I’d say that if you get even just one useful thing out of this book (I did, and I write similar stuff!) it’ll have been worth the money. In all likelihood, you’ll get plenty.
What I love the most about this book is how personal can be, it’s not some guide filled with scientific facts about how to improve your self-esteem, it’s a story about a guy struggling to with his self-esteem, in my opinion at least, I can easily identify with him, especially in high school, in some aspects was my hardest time since I remember, because of how hard was for me to talk and make friends.
It took me several hours to read it and I did it in one go, I’m not ashamed, it’s just so good and humble, it doesn’t try to make a big deal about something I think everyone had been through, and the answer it’s right in front of us, it’s our own cheating heart that makes us cry, but also the only thing that makes us strong and confident.
As George state, ‘Self-Confidence Boom is about a young man’s adversity, overcoming his self-esteem problems while developing and mastering different simple self-confidence increasing techniques, to make them part of his everyday life. Each technique works regardless of gender or age.’ In his Foreword we gain the sense that George is a friend, a man who cares and wants to share his success. ‘Based on my own experience I can tell you that self-confidence can be built the same way you build a sandcastle on the beach: quickly with infantile enthusiasm and with visible, impressive results. It also means we need to be aware of under which circumstances we build our castle so that an unexpected tide cannot tear down our hard work. We should take care of it. If it is needed we should put our arms around it and hold on to it because there will be many times when it wants to collapse and whether it remains the same or not, will stand or fall by You only. Almost everyone faces a period in their lives at least once (if not more) when they cannot find their way. They would like to be happy but don’t know how to get there. I don’t want to talk without rhyme or reason, I don’t want to seem like someone who doesn’t practice what he preaches, therefore I am going to analyze how someone can get to the point where they become self-confident, through my own story. Not long ago I was battling with excess weight and my self-confidence was equal to zero. etc’
George addresses the importance of building self confidence by grouping his instructions and help into the following categories - People who activate and deactivate you, Positive and negative examples, Self-awareness, I-awareness, Let’s hit the road!, Goals and their importance, Family bonds, Keep your ear to the ground, Gloomy days, The last of the heroes, Humor has it, One list to rule them all, and A new man’s diary.
Throughout this very accessible book George uses quotations from famous people that reinforce his thoughts, references to websites and Facebook to aid the reader, and manages to keep the entire book in a one-on-one basis, securing our attention and trust. George writes so well and shares his own journey to keep us connected that by the end of the book we want to meet him in person. But then as George would probably prefer, take the time to look in the mirror and see the new self-confident and happy person you have become! Grady Harp, March 17