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Your Life Isn't for You: A Selfish Person's Guide to Being Selfless Paperback – September 22, 2014
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Your Life Isn t For You by Seth Adam Smith is a small, easy to read but powerful book full of positive messages. It is lighthearted and filled with important life lessons aimed to give readers a heightened sense of self awareness.
The book is distinguished by his candor. He tells you that your life is about being of service to others in countless ways and thus the title becomes clear. If you feel you re encountering problems because of your own selfish attitudes or behavior, I strongly recommend you read his book.
One of those books that readers will be able to go back to time and again to remind themselves what can happen in life and how good life can be if lived for others.
Blog Critics and Seattle Post Intelligencer
A brilliantly written and insightful book. Seth s vulnerability and honesty are irresistible pulling you in and opening your heart to the possibility of a life without walls.
Michael J. Merchant, President, ANASAZI Foundation
Seth s amazing book illustrates a powerful and proven path to happiness and gently reminds us how easily we forget this profound truth: focusing on others brings the deepest joy.
Lindsay Hadley, founder and CEO, Hadley Impact Consulting
Seth Adam Smith has figured out some of life s greatest lessons through remarkable life experiences and by listening to the great teachers that were placed in his path.
Sterling C. Tanner, President and Executive Director, Forever Young Foundation"
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That’s the opening paragraph. The author uses the rest of the short 82 pages to describe how he lived his life only for himself and finally found peace when he started living for others. Smith starts the first chapter by explaining how he was born with a “frighteningly large head.”
From there he starts to intertwine his story with a bedtime story his dad read to him and his sister called, “The Selfish Giant.” He uses parts of that story to illustrate his message throughout the book and his story.
Smith also writes openly and in detail about attempting to end his own life. His thoughts before the attempt and his thoughts afterward are very moving and telling.
The message of this book is important to all ages. Living for others makes one’s own life more meaningful. We all need and look for meaning in life. Smith puts it front and center in this book, living only for one’s self is not a good way to live.
what can happen in life and how good life can be if lived for others.
Each chapter begins with really great quotes. Plus, the way the author mixes the story of “The Selfish Giant” makes the message really stick. It’s a great book with a great message.
However, I don’t think I am the target audience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means a completely selfless person. But I understand that my life isn’t all mine. I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, etc. And I’m not in my late teens or early twenties. That is the age range for this message. I think those who are just becoming adults and going out on their own would benefit from this book.
At first–and this sounds awful–but I couldn’t feel that bad for Mr. Smith. (I know, that sounds horrible.) It just felt like he was a kid who was very blessed but just wasn’t happy. Kind of a woe-is-me tale. However, once I learned more about his depression and what he was going through, I started to feel more compassion toward his situation. Once we got into his story about coming back to “life,” it really took a turn for the better. I found it uplifting and promising. I enjoyed hearing his stories about his times in Russia, both before and after his suicide attempt. These stories depicted the selfless aspect of Mr. Smith’s message. And I really appreciated the story of “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde being woven throughout Mr. Smith’s tale. It worked. On the other hand, I wish the story about Prometheus (being a light) wasn’t included in this book. It didn’t seem to fit with the the theme for me. I thought it would be better suited for a different subject.
Would I recommend it: I think so.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Seth's writing is perfect. I don't feel like I'm reading a "self help book." If anything, I'm reading a very long letter written to me by a friend. He makes me laugh, he makes me cry and he hits the points that help you realize that your life really isn't for you. Your life is for others. It's for you to learn from, but more than anything, your life is to help others get back to where they need to be.
If you're on the fence, I would tell you to get off it and buy it. It's a book I plan on sending and referring friends to read. Everyone needs to know how important their life is. Your life isn't for you, it's for everyone else, you're just the one who gets to share the experiences to help others along the way.
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Seth beautifully and articulately expounds his (and his dad's) philosophy on perhaps the most beautiful principle of life.Read more