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Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity Hardcover – April 6, 2009
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Praise for Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken"Mike's book is a wonderful expression of authenticity in action?clear, honest, instructive, and a passionate call to be your true Divine Self."?Cheryl Richardson, New York Times best-selling author, Take Time for Your Life"Mike Robbins provides a clear guide for intelligently and compassionately coming face-to-face with yourself and loving the person you meet. His five principles of authenticity teach us how to embrace and celebrate all aspects of who we are and what it means to be a spiritual being having a human incarnation."?Michael Bernard Beckwith, author, Spiritual Liberation"Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken is an empowering and refreshing book about how to be successful, real, and fulfilled in life. I highly recommend it."?Gay Hendricks, New York Times best-selling author, Five Wishes"Mike Robbins has written a powerful, down-to-earth, and insightful book on one of the most important aspects of happiness and fulfillment in life?authenticity. Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken will give you tools and techniques to enhance your life and relationships in a profound way."?Marci Shimoff, New York Times best-selling author, Happy for No Reason
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Robbins' message rang true for me. I liked his suggestions throughout the book on how to be more authentic, and less of a people pleaser. Apparently his message resonates with others, too. On my twitter feed I posted a quote I read from the book, "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." by e. e. cummings. Within one hour I saw 12 people re-tweeted that quote, with comments like "Unbelievably true words...definition of my life", "this is so very true. I fell & got up so many times."
While we sometimes can live in fear of what others think of us, Robbins identifies the source of that fear in this insightful passage:
"The main person we're scared to be judged by is ourselves. Ironically, we're constantly judging ourselves anyway; there's no need to be scared of it, since it happens all the time. Herein lies the paradox of the fear of judgment: we think we're worried about what others think about us, when we're really most vulnerable to damage from what we think about ourselves."
One of my intentions of the New Year is to look for opportunities to step out, to show my authenticity. I find myself referring to Robbins' "Be Yourself" book again and again to help in that quest.
I thoroughly enjoyed author Mike Robbins' first book, on the subject of "appreciation." As I wrote in my review for that book, good topic, fine book and an impressive debut for an author of any age, and especially impressive debut for a young author.
For his second book, Mike Robbins selected a much tougher, but even more important topic. In a world where -- every day -- we read about the escapades of two-faced business executives, politicians, and sports "stars," a serious book on the subject of "authenticity" is timely and important to each of us, as well as to our society. But, what a tough subject about which to write. Compared to many other personal development areas, books or even articles on this subject are much rarer. Making it even tougher, claiming to be an expert on authenticity seemingly would invite a hailstorm of personal challenges as to "how real are you Mike Robbins?"
Mike Robbins' approach is NOT to claim to be the world expert on authenticity, or the world's role model for authenticity. Instead, Robbins has written a heart-warming story of one man's search to understand and constructively use the power of authenticity. There is no preaching at the reader, instead the style is more like a fireside chat with a very close friend...much like the Cheryl Richardson style of writing I so enjoy.
Initially, this book was not an easy read for me. The subject of authenticity does not lend itself to easy homilies. My first read through was interesting and worthwhile...but certainly not life changing. But, then the magic started to happen. Suddenly, I was seeing authenticity issues in my everyday live...with my consulting clients, with friends, and even with my own actions. That sent me back to the book to read it more carefully, and to intellectually challenge Robbins' hypothesis as to the five principles that he believes most impact authenticity. Then, I challenged the eight stars in a coaching group in which I participate to a mini-debate about the power of authenticity and its impact on everyday inner peace. Suddenly, the wisdom of Robbins had unlocked an exciting new world for me.
As a voracious reader, I am often reading thoughtful books on business and personal development issues. The best add to my knowledge, and do so in an enjoyable manner. A rare few stretch my thinking to delightful and useful new dimensions of life. This book has done that, and much more. I have already seen impressive results from the wisdom of this book, and I have just scratched the surface of understanding the ways that true authenticity can improve one's life.
This is the kind of subject you would expect the likes of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, etc. to be serving up for us, not a relatively young second time author. Mike Robbins, I am in awe of what you have accomplished with this book and of what I expect will be the impact of this book.
One final note: Looking to just burnish your image? Be forewarned that this book should not be confused with a marketing or PR primer. This is a Debbie Ford, hold up the mirror to the reader style book...done with beautiful compassion and genuine humility by this author. This is a wonderful primer for a better life, not a quick-fix image makeover tutorial.