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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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"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
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"
Following up on his monster blog post “Marriage is Not for You” (30 million views and coverage in broadcast and online media worldwide), Smith shows how the philosophy of living for others he put forward in that post applies to all areas of life.
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I gave it four stars because I wanted to read more stories about other famous and non-famous people that had made their lives about other people. Maybe Smith will write a longer, more detailed book? "Your Life REALLY Isn't For You??"
I received your new book from Amazon.com on Wednesday evening, and for the first 2 and a half hours of this morning (Friday), I sat and read your book from cover to cover. After reading it I must tell you that I didn't like it - I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Congratulations on a job well done! Thank you for the courage to share a very important message with all of us that in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, we so often forget, and that is "Our Life Isn't For Us." True living is not found in self-glorification or self-gratification, but rather in loosing ourselves in the service of others and realizing that our lives are best lived when we are willing to put our selfishness aside and view the lives of others as more important than our own. I will highly recommend this book to all of my friends and associates. Definitely A MUST READ!!
When his essay "Marriage Isn't For You" went viral in 2013, getting over 2.2 million views in 36 hours. The essay was printed in the Huffington Post and numerous other newsfeeds and publications. Smith appeared with his wife Kim on GMA and Fox and Friend's to talk about the success of his newsworthy essay. Later it would be translated by volunteers in over 20 languages to be received world wide.
In 2005 at the age of 19, Smith was appointed to go on a 2 year term to be a missionary in Eastern Russia near the city of Viadivostok. This was a particularly troubling time for him, as he struggled with undiagnosed chronic depression, and later attempted to end his life. Smith was pulled from a car, (he had swallowed a full bottle of sleeping pills also a half bottle of pain pills) and saved by his father who called the EMT's. While recovering Smith would realize what a selfish act this was and dedicated his life more fully to service of others.
In growing up his father read him "The Selfish Giant" (Oscar Wilde), Smith talks about the impact of literature on his life. While in Saint Petersburg he saw the statue of "The Resurrected Russian" and related the story of Fydor Dostoyevsky who became one of the greatest worldwide writer's of literature. Prometheus, hesitant at leaving the safety of Mt. Olympus, his story about service to those he loved. The book winds down with his own sentimental essay: "The Legend of the Northern Lights" about the Alaskan Great White Bear who instruct the salmon to swim against the current towards the great river in the eternal sky, upon arrival they transformed from silver/greys to brilliant greens and reds becoming part of the Northern Lights.
To his credit Smith also volunteered at a wilderness therapy program for troubled youth in Arizona. It would have been interesting to hear more about this program and the students, some of the stories were related on a surface level, lacking in detail. The religious concepts and principles may not appeal to some readers, though the theme of unselfish service to others to heal is a noble cause. I liked the book cover art.
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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