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Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life Hardcover – December 28, 2005
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Prior to taking Creativity and Personal Mastery, the course upon which the book is based, I was an obnoxious, mechanistic, sociopathic prince of capitalism. I viewed wealth as a means to exert dominance over others, as well as a vehicle to procure hedonic bliss. I found a happy home for this way of thinking in the world of investment banking, venture capital and startups. I drank, drugged, womanized, broke the law; I created a world in which those without a similar plunderer-type mentality were weak and destined to be dominated. At the beginning of the course, I had been fired twice, totally four cars, been arrested in five states and inflicted emotional harm on countless females. I didn't read; I thought introspection was for meek, those incapable of enjoying the finer things in life. In short, I was miserable - a gerbil on wheel of chemical and emotional highs, a slave to the influence of my fellow "pirate" peers. You could say I was ready for a change.
The course had several effects upon me. There are too many to list, so I will detail only four.
The first is the notion that the universe is benevolent, a partner in creating not only fulfilling personal endeavors, but a brighter future. The second is that I have an opportunity to be truly happy, i.e.Read more ›
I went from stress to bliss, from taking for granted to immense appreciation, from nervous to confident, from unhealthy to in shape. Most of all, I went from from total confusion to my dream job.
I always wanted to be able to give speeches in public. There was only one problem-- my greatest fear was public speaking. In the book, Rao offers an exercise called "As-If's."
Three days afer stumling upon this exercise, I had to give a speech. I felt amazing. People complimented me left and right. To make a long story short, I'm now a corporate trainer and executive coach. I'm living my dream of traveling the globe speaking on topics I'm competely passionate about.
On every level, this book can and will change your life. I'm so grateful for the author's wisdom, I'll PERSONALLY offer a money-back guarantee for anyone who doesn't love this book!
Here are a few of my favorites.
You can cultivate a Witness to help you objectively observe your life and break free of bad habits, replacing them with ones that serve your highest good.
Everyone acts in their own self interest. Understanding that at a deep level is liberating.
Surrender is a good thing. Once you give up the illusion of control and detach from the outcome, remarkable things transpire.
Srikumar Rao is a wise man with a big heart. He sees us at our best and supports us on our journey to succeed.
Who wouldn't be interested in what this man has to say, right? You'd have to lack a pulse not to want - better, profoundly yearn for - the life affirming perspective and deep joy in being alive he describes.
But have you or I got the vision, guts and discipline to commit to what it's going to take? That's the central question this book poses on every glorious and uplifting page.
Like Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits", Rao proposes that meaningful change happens from the inside out: You'll recall Covey's first 3 habits are about "Personal Victory".
This book is more powerful because it doesn't deal with practices - "habits" - for cognitive behavioural change, like Covey. No, Rao challenges the fundamental fabric of our life experience: our very consciousness.
In one sound bite, the rallying cry of this book is: "live a conscious life".
I'm excited by this. As someone who has lived in a coma - mindlessly propelled by the "conveyor belt of life" - and has jumped off, this resonates very deeply with me.
But this isn't a quick fix. Rao invites you on a very tough spiritual journey that will last a life time.
Brutally simplified, he invites you to become conscious of your self-limiting, self-defeating models of the world, your judgmental critical dialogue, and to develop insight to shift these, partly using the meditative practice of mindfulness.Read more ›
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While I appreciated the Rao's philosophy and the practical exercises, this is definitely not the most influential nor helpful book I have read on this topic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Neal
This pulls together a complete program for personal transformation, from better business results to improved personal relationships. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scott S. Smith
This book is fantastic. Srikumar Rao has an enjoyable form of writing, and his teachings and practices are, indeed, life-changing in my experiences. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Victoria
Hyper enthusiastic Amazon reviews aside, this really is a great book. It distills and modernizes a lot of eastern spiritual philosophy into a practical, efficient package of... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book changed my life. I totally recommend it for anyone, not just professionals seeking career success. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by A Brazilian Classmate
This book was suggested to me years ago by a very trusted colleague - in fact, I read whatever he suggests to me. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Nina Patrick