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Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement Paperback – January 6, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Christian has ripped the lid off my complacent excuses in his compassionate and wonderfully compelling book. While I have always found a kind of perverse satisfaction in excusing my unwillingness to truly engage in my own life, at the same time I have always felt a pervasive disappointment in my failure to do so.
For the first time since I was young, I have the feeling that it may not be too late for me to accomplish some of the things that I at first "put off" and then did my best to convince myself (and those around me -- except for my friend) were beyond my reach.
What I liked most in reading Dr. Christian's book was his down to earth humility in relating recent incidents from his own life to the principles he espouses.
Chapter 4 was probably the most difficult to get through. It was a little too "text bookish" for me and didn't make all that much sense. As a recovering procrastinator, I almost used this chapter as my reason to justify quitting. I've completed most of the activities and found areas that I needed to drastically change or explore further. It has been a very good experience.
There were a few negatives about the book. This includes Chapter 4 and the many errors in writing. Some editor should be put on probation. One of the examples referred to someone named Litton and in the very next paragraph and a few pages later he was named Lifton. And why people write 280 page books on how to stop procrastinating is beyond me... A good summary at the end of each chapter with the main points would have been helpful for going back to review. The 15 Tasks were helpful, but close to the end of the book he summarizes 10 of them. What happened to the other 5? Are they not that important? Plus, at the end of the book he talks of meditation and few other things... He hadn't mentioned these throughout the book! The book appeared to be pieced together rather than one cohesive piece of work.
Again, the information was very helpful, but someone please have a talk with the editor.
Dr. Christian's analysis of the reasons why people don't fulfil their potential and his practical suggestions for
re-orientation are excellent. He's absolutely right when he speaks of the pitfalls that can still occur even after you meet with success. He tells Stacy's story: how she would always derail herself. But then she applied his exercises and got herself on track, cultivating her deepest interests. This led to her making a documentary film. Along the way, she was filled with exhilaration but also with fear. What if she failed? But she didn't bail out; she kept working hard and along the way got offers of help. For the first time in her life, she was taken seriously as an artist.
This book shows that change is truly possible and tells you how you can bring it about if you follow the specifics. It's inspiring: you learn that it's never too late to break old, negative habits and consciously form fresh, productive ones. He offers a concrete guide that anyone can apply: sensible, unique, in-depth exercises for jump-starting your career.
I think this book is useful for everyone. Whether you're just starting out or have hit a roadblock, this book makes you ponder your unique answers to essential questions: "What do I really respond to? What gives me joy and passion?" I recommend this book to anyone who has a dream but whose self-defeating habits have interfered with making it come true.
Chief Administrator and Principal Filmmaker
Maysles Film Inc.
Crazy thing is I never really knew I needed it. I certainly never looked for it. Unlike those ever-anticipating overachievers who, once they identify the possibility...or inkling, of a need for information on this or that, proceed to call the ten closest bookstores to try to attach a name and author to some ambiguous dilemma, I, on the other hand, opened the book because I was intrigued by the cover.
One quiet Friday night as I sat in a way-too-comfortable chair at Barnes and Noble (yes, that's where I was), having myself a pity party over some domestic drama, I stumbled upon the book that changed my life. I twisted over the side of my chair to the nearest bookshelf and pulled the interesting-looking book from amid its fellow shiny-covered books. The cover was made to resemble a ransom note. You know the kind: letters cut or torn from various newspapers and magazines and glued to a white sheet of paper in order to mask the identity of the sender. It intrigued me and I began to read it. Three hours later, when the announcement came over the intercom that the store would be closing in 15 minutes, I looked up from the book. I had become so engrossed in the book as to have completely forgotten where I was. My first realization was that I was sitting rather indelicately with one leg flopped over the arm of the chair.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is not riveting or practical. Lot's of marketing hype. This book only tell stories of other's experiences that has nothing to do with your own.Published 5 months ago by J. Duran
Dr. Christian seemed to find the words, techniques and tone that finally spoke to me in a language I could grasp and act upon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Rodwell
Very specific to the point, very revealing. Worth the effort and the price. And a book to be Re readPublished 18 months ago by Roberto Lopez C.
The book is okay so far. Nothing to write home about. The author is caught up in informing the reader how he "did this", "then I did that in order to find this... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Schuyler
Are you ready for this book? You can read your life story in these pages. But are you ready to move forward with making the changes required to stop creating the pain in your life?Published 21 months ago by Nick Nardo
Worst book I have ever read. All I wanted was the activities? Where are they? I have read enough pyscho babble in my life to know it changes nothing. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book was surprisingly rich and powerful. Slow start, but nevertheless it speaks with sharp wisdom from multiple angles as the pages unfold.Published on June 11, 2014 by JoannaH
Were you a child with a high-level IQ that has spent your adult life struggling with underachievement? Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by David E. Schwartz